Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hit Again

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.  


Linda said...

I have had that kind of dizziness. Last year, I thought I was never going to be well again. Fortunately, this spring, I quit being ill. I hope that is the end of that. Good luck. So sorry. I do understand the hopeless bit.

Deedles said...

Can you get yourself to an E.R.? That's an awful lot of time to be dizzy and nauseated!

Geo. said...

Ron, I sure hope you feel better soon. Not sure what the remedy is for inner ear infections but imagine antibiotics will play a major part. Can you get an MD to prescribe them by phone?

Jon said...

I used to get horrible inner ear infections long ago. The dizziness is always the worst when you first get out of bed - - but it also happens every time you move your head. Mine always took at least two weeks to clear up.

These infections almost always clear up on their own, but it might be best to see a doctor. I hate to see you having to go into work when you feel like this. Take it easy.

Raybeard said...

OMG! Very disturbing, Ron. Hope that it now being your Sun morn you're able to be up and register some improvement. I really DO hope so.

Anonymous said...

The VA in Dover does see people on same day basis. Hoping you feel better soon! ~JB

Joel Reisteter said...

Ron, Perhaps a visit to your local hospital Emergency Department right now, today Sunday, or free standing out-patient clinic, such as Patient First or Beebe Healthcare 18941 John Williams Highway would be best for you right now.
By the way, you are 76 years young, not the other way around, even with all the aches and pains.

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better. Remember to have a good rest and dream well.I enjoy your posts and your kindness for the world.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I get dizzy spells, head spins, can't really eat, need to lay down perfectly still. I did find that Dramamine (motion sickness meds, OTC) really helps me....alot. Hope you start to feel better soon.


Ron said...

This dizziness was a first for me. Very scary. I hope I never experience it again. Not fun.

Ron said...

I'm not sure that ER could help me other than observe me and send me a big bill. I am pretty sure I had an inner ear infection caused by all that mucous buildup in my throat and sinuses. I have to get that taken care of.

Ron said...

I will call my ENT doctor tomorrow to get her advice. Hopefully I can get through to a real person this time. If not I'll call my primary care doctor at the VA.

Ron said...

Thanks Jon for your advice. This is the first time I ever experienced anything like this. Scared the hell out of me.

Ron said...

Today I was almost normal, just a little light headed. I try to keep the mucous cleared out of my throat. I'm pretty sure that is what is causing the inner ear infection.

Ron said...

I'm not aware of the VA in Dover saw patients on the same day basis. I'll check that out tomorrow by calling my primary care doctor at the VA outpatient clinic in Georgetown. Good to know this information for any future occurrences.

Ron said...

Thank for the information. I'm going to check the VA facility in Dover. Also the free standing out-patient clinic. Thanks for the information.

Ron said...

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment.

Ron said...

I found that if I lay down perfectly still, I can control the dizziness. But I am totally immobile. I felt a lot better today. I'm keeping the mucous cleaned out of my system. I think that's what caused the infection. Thank you for your comment.