Thursday, August 09, 2018
This morning when I awoke and rose from my bed, my head was spinning. I was dizzy.
Now I've been accused of being dizzy before but this was a different kind of "dizzy." I felt like I did when I was a kid and spun myself around very fast with a blindfold on then tried to walk. I was off balance and fell. That's the way I felt this morning sitting on the edge of my bed.
I sat a while there, trying to get myself together. It wasn't happening. In fact I felt a sickening feeling in the base of my throat, I was nauseous. I hate feeling nauseous.
The closest I've ever felt like this was when I've been drunk. I felt high but not a good high.
I waited, sitting on the edge of my bed. The dizziness and nausea continued to wash over me in waves. What was going on?
I had to go to work today. Also, I was expecting a serviceman to service our HVAC system today. And here I am, unable to stand up straight and feeling like I had to vomit.
I got my iPhone and typed in "dizzy and vomiting" symptoms. What I found was very interesting. Apparently I have an inner ear infection that is affection my balance. I've never had this happen before in my life. My Mother had this problem and I've known other people who have experienced this but this was a first for me. The information on my Google search said this inner ear infection could be caused by a respiratory infection. Ah ha! I do have a respiratory infection. That is my mucus problem, which has gotten progressively worse this past year, especially the past two weeks. I have an appointment with an ENT doctor on the 22nd of this month, the earliest I could get an appointment.
I got up and went to the bathroom, unsteady in my walk. To the casual observer I probably looked like I was drunk.
I thought if I got up and got into my regular morning routine this dizziness and nausea would go away. It didn't.
After my bathroom routine I went into the kitchen and said good morning to Bill and had my breakfast, even though I had no appetite. I told Bill I wasn't feel well.
After breakfast I went for my morning walk, hoping that would clear things up. It didn't. Any of my neighbors watching me walk would conclude I was drunk. I must have looked a pretty sight.
I managed to complete my walk but felt no better. Returning back to our house I concluded that I couldn't go to work today. I wouldn't be able to drive my car because of my lightheadedness.
I hate to call in sick to work. Something I rarely do. But I did call in. Not a good time to call in because we're in the height of the season, but I had no choice. I just couldn't drive into work and do my job in a competent manner, losing my balance and on the verge of vomiting.
I called my boss and told him I had an inner ear infection and was having balance problems and wouldn't be in to work.
Then I went back to my bed. I found that if I laid down on my bed and didn't move my head I could ease my nausea. That I did for about an hour while I waited for the HVAC serviceman.
The HVAC serviceman (person) arrived on time. I managed to greet him and take care of his visit. I explained to him that I had an inner ear problem and wasn't feeling well. He said he understood, his father has had the same problem.
After he left I went back to bed to try and get my nausea under control. Now fourteen hours later I'm better but still a little woozy. Actually, without the nausea it's kind of a high that isn't unpleasant but I can do without the feeling of the urge to vomit if I move too fast. However, I would prefer to be back to normal.
Just another day in the life of this 76 year old who is slowly falling apart.