I’m admittedly a bad blogger… I feel guilty about not posting, then I forget about it for longer and longer periods of time. Daily entries seem so narcissist to me ( me, me, me… all about me!) So, I suppose I’ll just post an entry when I have something of note to write about. And yes, that would be something of note to ME!
So, something noteworthy happened on Sunday! I have never had anything like this happen to me… having read about other people’s experiences with dizziness, I was sympathetic. But now, with a first hand look into this … it really sucks so bad!
I’ve had quite an adventure – one that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I had extreme vertigo on Sunday morning, and have never experienced anything like it, so sudden and severe. On Sat morning when I got out of bed to go into the bathroom (maybe 20 steps), I noticed that I was “listing” to the right, and had to brace myself on the dresser. But after a few minutes felt better, and had a normal day’s activities. Early Sun AM when I got up during the night for a potty break, it was the same “listing sensation”. Back to bed for a couple of hours, and then when I just rolled over, it was horrible. The dizziness and feeling of gravity pushing me was so strong and so very frightening. The smallest movement of my head sent the room rolling and jumping with me trying to hang on. I could only sit up with my husband’s help (thank goodness he was right there) and he helped me back into the bathroom in time to vomit. So, the next few hours was just more of the same. Extreme vertigo, vomiting, trying not to move my head. Never having experienced this made it much more scary, I think.
Bruce got in touch with our neighbor who is an ER nurse… thought perhaps the flu. No change throughout Sunday, except that I vomited every time I tried to sip water. So, it was looking like dehydration was starting. My skin was getting that pinched look. That was when we decided that a trip to the ER may be a good idea. Our local ER took very good care of me, did blood work, EKG, nose swab for flu (negative), determined that is was an inner ear inflammation (Labyrinthitis) caused by who knows what. The main thing was to treat the symptoms. First a shot in the butt of Valium to control dizziness, then an IV for lost fluids. Tried a pill for nausea, but I thew it right up. So that was another shot, but into the IV. We were there quite some time, with waiting for labs etc. They wanted to do an MRI initially, but because of my CI decided that a CT scan would be OK. Then we were waiting to speak to the radiologists about the pros & cons of needing a CT Scan. Since there were no symptoms of stroke or brain trauma, decided not to. So, finally got home about 9 PM. Missed the Super Bowl, but hey – go Packers!
On Mon morning, we got in touch with my ENT who agreed that is sounded like Labyrinthitis, and to treat the symptoms. He of course wanted to know how my hearing was. Thank goodness there is no change in either ear. I don’t think I lost any hearing. I got in to see my GP, who agreed with everything and gave me another followup appointment for this Friday.
So, as of today – Wednesday I am feeling better. No more vomiting and reduced vertigo. I have a new arsenal of drugs for all the symptoms, but mostly took the mildest anti dizzy stuff. I don’t want the Valium unless it gets bad again. I don’t do well with heavy-duty stuff. I feel weak, woozy, and uncoordinated, but the worst is definitely over.
Now, I have to deal with work issues such as going from using my own sick days to crossing over to short-term disability after 6 days. I’m hoping to be back Tues, but, we’ll see. I have to get stronger first … I certainly have a new empathy for all who have had these symptoms. It totally sucks, and it was all I could do during the worst of it to just hold on and not fall off a cliff.