Saturday, August 11, 2018
This morning when I woke up I had the dizziness and nausea again. I couldn't believe it.
I got up and tried to go about my regular routine but my head wasn't having any of it.
The only relief I got was to lie down in my bed and keep my head perfectly still.
I couldn't eat breakfast this morning. Several times I got up, hoping the dizziness would go away but no such luck.
I stayed in bed, drifting in and out of a light sleep.
At about 12:30 I got up to have a light lunch of soup and some corn chips with roasted red pepper hummus, my favorite lunch which I usually over indulge but not today. Just a little bit to keep something in my stomach. At least I didn't throw it up. Then back to bed.
I'm sure what I have is an inner ear infection caused by my year long respiratory infection. Something I should have taken care of a long time ago but I thought if I ignored it, it would go away. It's not going away.
I texted by boss at work and told him of my situation. I'm scheduled to go into work Monday from 3 PM to 11 PM. I miss work. I hate to miss work. I look forward to going to work. I just don't want to work every day. I can't go into work though with this condition. I can't even stand up straight. My head swims.
Monday I will call my ENT doctor and see if they can take me earlier than my now scheduled August 22nd appointment. I called last week when this happened and left a voice mail. They sent me a voice mail back advising me to see my primary care doctor. My primary care doctor is at the VA and not that easy to see on a show notice. But if I can't get an earlier appointment with my ENT doctor I'll try to climb that wall and get an appointment with my doctor at the VA. I use the VA primarily for semi-annual lab work and prescriptions. The VA doctors really aren't on call as primary care doctors they way we used to think of them in the Fifties when they visited your house with their little black bag and stethoscope. Does ANY doctor make house calls now?
I'm falling apart folks. Just like an old car, an old car that has been well taken care of. Even those old cars, the parts start going.
This is the first time in my life I've experienced this inner ear problem. It's scary. Totally immobilizes you, just as much when I tore my quadricep muscle in my left leg a few years ago. I couldn't around then and I can't now when this dizziness is in full effect. To know what this is like, think of when you were a kid and played around spinning yourself very fast then trying to walk. That's what it's like, only worse. At least I can get relief by lying down in my bed and keeping my head perfectly still. And thank God there is no pain. But the nausea, I hate being nauseous.
To bed early this Saturday night. I hope tomorrow brings relief.