Yesterday Sadia gave me an interesting link to an NPR story about light sensitivity and migraines. They mention how blind people with migraines still end up with light sensitivity. I’m not gonna try and remember why the said this is, because it’s too technical and well, I just gave you the link.
I really find this interesting. I still have a bit of light preception. This is different from light perception. I learned this when I had my home interview. Basically, if I walk into a room, I won’t necessarily be able to tell if a light is on or off. But if a light is turned on or off, I will often notice that change. At home, I can now walk into a room and know if the light is on, becuase it makes edges of furniture noticeable more than they are if the light is off. But if I’m somehwere unfamiliar, I won’t notice this.
One thing that was really bad when I first went blind was sleeping. I had the hardest time sleeping. Falling asleep wasn’t a problem, but I would wake up at 3 in the morning and not know what time it was, and not be able to go back to sleep. At the time, B wondered if it was because my body didn’t know if it was light or dark. I have since learned that melatonin levels in blinks can be low. I don’t have a link for this because I’m too lazy to go look it up, and I think I actually read it in an email list. This was interesting also, because I started taking melatonin supplements months ago, and it works like a charm.
I also found this story interesting because I have been a migraine sufferer since I was a child and always had to go lay in a dark room. Nothing has changed even with being blind. Light hurts when I have a migraine, and I thought this was just odd. But after reading about this study, it totally makes sense. I was so confused because my optic nerves are shot, and they transmit light to the brain. It’s not necessarily that I can’t see, but since my optic nerves are shot, light can’t get to my brain to “illuminate images” if you will. But my retinas still work, and this article touches on that.
So yeah, just wanted to share, because I think it’s interesting. But I’m wondering if this post will even make any sense haha! I’m still a bit blah, but I’m definitely coming out of it.