|Glynn Parry and his wife Carrie: Source ~ News North Wales|
Glynn has suffered from these episodes for some 20 years, and has learnt to recognise the signs of one being imminent:
"If I'm lucky, I get a warning and see blurred lights and then self-preservation kicks in. I try to find a bench, a chair or a bed to land on and lie down on, because I know I've got a matter of minutes before I collapse. It leaves me completely paralysed down my left side and the attack can be so bad I can't move a muscle, I can't even blink. I have two to three attacks a week."
Sadly, Glynn's worsening condition has meant he had to give up his job in the financial sector, and his wife is now a full-time carer to him and their three children.
"It's a difficult thing to live with and it impacts on every aspect of my life."
The triggers for these migraines vary from individual to individual and include chocolate, cheese, alcohol and caffeine. Glynn has now cut all of these out to be on the safe side, but for him smell remains a particularly key cause - including, on one memorable occasion, his wife's perfume.
"...one of my strangest and strongest triggers is smells. I'm very sensitive to them...My wife Carrie once wore some Chanel No 5 and I just dropped."
|Unexpectedly hazardous material: Source ~ theperfumeshop.com|
Well, this sobering tale certainly takes the notion of a person's scent being 'overpowering' to a whole new level... ;-(
And presumably there is now a used bottle of Chanel No 5 looking for a new home in the Wrexham area...
Read the full story in News North Wales here and listen to Glynn Parry talking about his illness in an interview with the BBC here.