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18 August 2016 - 10:34pm

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I have missed you all so much, and what a week it has been! Sunday, I started suffering the worst vertigo of my life and I thought I might be having a stroke, but I had no other symptoms. I was also sick to my stomach from the dizziness.

I finally went to the doctor yesterday and they said I have an inner ear infection/virus and they had seen several of these cases over the last week and even two the morning I went on yesterday! I suffered in bed on Monday and Tuesday and went to the doctor because I had no idea what this could be! They cannot treat the illness - only symptoms, due to it being viral, so they gave me one med for the dizziness and one for the nausea. Thankfully, the meds didn't make me as drowsy as I thought they would, and after only two doses it has helped immensely - just a little unsteady on my feet still.

I had to give up a three day girlfriend trip that my best friend and I do every year - at her son's lake home with a pool, so I gave up sunshine and floating in a pool for three days! I had things cooked and baked and tried so hard to get up and go but it just wasn't happening.

I went to the doctor (and SO glad I did!) cuz I have to travel to my mom's tomorrow morning to help her through her SECOND eye surgery in one month. Her lens from her cataract surgery detached for a SECOND time, and my brothers took care of her last time, plus I want to be there for her.

So that has been my exciting week. I also start teaching an online class this coming week, so hope to check in more often and when I can, but we will see.

How is everyone doing this summer?

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18 August 2016 - 10:35pm
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Oh, and one more thing I didn't know. They even suggest physical therapy for this type of thing! I found some exercises online that are posted on YouTube by doctors, so I would try that first if it comes to that. So many strange things that can happen to the human body, right? Have you ever suffered from vertigo?

And NO dizzy blond jokes, please! haha Wink

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19 August 2016 - 4:03am
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What a nasty week, but I'm glad to hear you're coming out the other end ok. I know a guy in my soccer team who had problems with vertigo. Until it happened to him I had always thought that it was just due to fear of heights and being up really high.

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19 August 2016 - 9:09am
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Ouch! I know how you feel hope777. It's the worst feeling especially the spinning Sad Hate feeling sick when you have something to do as well. Sorry you couldn't make your trip.

I blew an eardrum out chopping wood at my cuzzies farm a few years back. Branch flicked up and hit me in the side of the head/ear. Sharp pain like a pen stuck deep in my ear. I couldn't get up because everything was spinning so fast even with my eyes shut.
Hour and a half drive to the Doctor and the doc said the same. They can't do anything other then relieve the symptoms. Worst two days of my life. Wasn't the pain it's the nausea from the constant spinning with every little movement. Slowly got better but took a month to feel normal again.

Still get the odd dizzy spell after 7 years so i hope your feeling better for sure Wink

Funny how we take our ears for granted until something goes wrong. Then you realize how such a little piece of the whole makes a huge part of it all.

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19 August 2016 - 2:23pm
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I had a bout of vertigo when I was coming off some medicine this past spring. I was lying in bed and felt like I was on a Tilt a Whirl, and when I sat up it was even worse. One of the worst nights in my life, as I could even feel it with my eyes closed.

My doc said it was a side effect of coming off the medicine, and it thankfully got better each night for a week until it was gone.

Sorry to hear about your mom's eye. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about eye surgery!

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20 August 2016 - 11:06am
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I am really sorry to hear what you've been going through. My mom had eye surgery years ago and she's fine. I don't have vertigo or anything like that but you know we all have our issues, mine is anxiety and panic attacks that lately have been worse due to lots of stress from the last few months.

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21 August 2016 - 11:15pm
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I'm now into my second day of recovering from a few too many drinks on Saturday night and a dodgy gut that would not keep anything down yesterday. I think this says it better than words can...

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22 August 2016 - 6:02pm
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Ouch! I know how you feel hope777. It's the worst feeling especially the spinning Sad Hate feeling sick when you have something to do as well. Sorry you couldn't make your trip.

I blew an eardrum out chopping wood at my cuzzies farm a few years back. Branch flicked up and hit me in the side of the head/ear. Sharp pain like a pen stuck deep in my ear. I couldn't get up because everything was spinning so fast even with my eyes shut.
Hour and a half drive to the Doctor and the doc said the same. They can't do anything other then relieve the symptoms. Worst two days of my life. Wasn't the pain it's the nausea from the constant spinning with every little movement. Slowly got better but took a month to feel normal again.

Still get the odd dizzy spell after 7 years so i hope your feeling better for sure Wink

Funny how we take our ears for granted until something goes wrong. Then you realize how such a little piece of the whole makes a huge part of it all.

Glad your well Headphones

Sorry this happened to you! Wow. That's a lot to go through.

And how true we take our ears for granted AND our health for granted in the day to day. I still cannot believe the timing, but at least I was well enough to go take care of my mom after her eye surgery.

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I had a bout of vertigo when I was coming off some medicine this past spring. I was lying in bed and felt like I was on a Tilt a Whirl, and when I sat up it was even worse. One of the worst nights in my life, as I could even feel it with my eyes closed.

My doc said it was a side effect of coming off the medicine, and it thankfully got better each night for a week until it was gone.

Sorry to hear about your mom's eye. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about eye surgery!

'Slim, I am the same way with anything with eyes, so it really bothers me that she is going through all this.

Sounds like you can definitely relate to vertigo and know it is not fun at all. Sad

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I am really sorry to hear what you've been going through. My mom had eye surgery years ago and she's fine. I don't have vertigo or anything like that but you know we all have our issues, mine is anxiety and panic attacks that lately have been worse due to lots of stress from the last few months.

I know panic attacks can be debilitating. I have a friend who thought she was having a heart attack.

Thank you for your kind words.

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I'm now into my second day of recovering from a few too many drinks on Saturday night and a dodgy gut that would not keep anything down yesterday. I think this says it better than words can...

Beer Beer Beer Scared Sick Sick Sick

Well......that kind of vertigo. lol I believe that I dare say many of us have been THERE? Wink

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22 August 2016 - 6:16pm
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Thank you everyone for your sympathy and kind words.

The really intense vertigo is gone,and I am just a little off balance and see things a little unbalanced - it is difficult to explain but I am still just a little "off." I have been sleeping really well. In fact, that is all I want to do, but I do not have time for that.

My mom did well. Since she could not get checked 24 hour after surgery, due to having the surgery on a Friday and them not being open on Sat., she had to go in the same afternoon. She had some pressure build up they had to relieve, then sent her on her way. She did not feel at all well that night, but it is difficult to get my mom to rest, so I insisted. She said she is more weak this me than last, but she has gone through a lot in the past month.

I am doing okay Instead of going to physical therapy, I am doing exercises at home from YouTube which I am sure are the same. Now just to keep it up from home.

I am thankful the real extreme vertigo is gone. I am still so surprised they said they had seen so many cases of this last week and the day I was in - it must be a virus if that is the case. My brother also knows someone who went through the same thing not long ago - very strange.

My friend's husband has Minears (sp?) disease where he gets vertigo out of the blue. He just has to take his motion sickness med and go to bed. I always felt bad for him and now I really can relate.

I just plan to get a little better each day and hope to improve with the exercises since the meds just treat symptoms. Think positive thoughts for me, CL-Friends!

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The really intense vertigo is gone,and I am just a little off balance and see things a little unbalanced - it is difficult to explain but I am still just a little "off." I have been sleeping really well. In fact, that is all I want to do, but I do not have time for that.

Glad you feel better. That feeling of being a little crosseyed will pass. It's such a relief to be able to relax without being on guard from having to catch yourself when a spell hits. Mmmm i love sleeping it's my favorite pass time lol. Great news your mums(mom) all good too Thumb Up

Liquid vertigo lol cl-ed I try not to go there myself but usually unsuccessful. Always feels so good the night of. Paying for it the next day just plain sucks Beer Martini = Sick

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Good news hope. Fingers crossed that it doesn't come back.

I'm not a big drinker usually so this one big night hit me hard. I have also noticed that I don't recover anywhere near as quickly as I used to! (getting old...) But I am almost as good as new now.

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Glad you feel better. That feeling of being a little crosseyed will pass. It's such a relief to be able to relax without being on guard from having to catch yourself when a spell hits. Mmmm i love sleeping it's my favorite pass time lol. Great news your mums(mom) all good too Thumb Up

Liquid vertigo lol cl-ed I try not to go there myself but usually unsuccessful. Always feels so good the night of. Paying for it the next day just plain sucks Beer Martini = Sick

Thank you for the kind words! I am trying to be good about doing the exercises at home so I don't have to go to physical therapy AND to heal completely. Trying not to take the pills too often, too, even thoughthey do not make me as drowsy as I feared.

I am still bummed about missing the lake and pool, but hopefully next summer! Smile

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Good news hope. Fingers crossed that it doesn't come back.

I'm not a big drinker usually so this one big night hit me hard. I have also noticed that I don't recover anywhere near as quickly as I used to! (getting old...) But I am almost as good as new now.

Sounds just like me! In fact, I cannot do that to myself anymore for that reason alone.

Glad you are on the mend. Smile

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Sorry to hear that hope, get better Smile
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Glad to hear that you feel better. And yeah panic attacks are awful too. Also I've been dealing with some odd allergy where I get something similar to rash and no medicine helps so that's no fun either. Take care!

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Hey CL Friends!

Just want you to know I am still alive. I started a new FT job and I have never been so exhausted in my life, and I mean that ! I also have three more weeks of a PT job I took online since I didn't know if I would get a full time job. So life is busy, and I miss you all!

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Congrats on the new job hope. What are you doing?

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Congrats on the new job, Hope!

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I guess two jobs are better than ... none Hope, so I think it would be easier for you when you get used to the new one, the beginning is always the hardest thing.
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Congratulations with the new job hope. But remember to not exhaust yourself completely, because even then the money can be not worth it. Keep calm and healthy!

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Thank you, everyone! Smile

I am adjusting, slowly but surely. I struggle with chronic fatigue so I am always battling for energy, but I know I can do this. Three more weeks of my PT job, then I think things will be much better. I am so far enjoying the new job, and hopefully, I won't have to look for a new one until I retire. haha (I wish!) Wink

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No matter what the work is, the most important part is to enjoy it so that's nice that you do enjoy it! Smile

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