Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vertigo


Today Jeffrey has been an amazing knight in shining armor.  He has been slaying the dragons right and left.

I woke up this morning and before I even opened my eyes, I knew something was wrong.

My eyes were closed and I had the oddest sensation of being on a merry-go-round.

I opened my eyes and the room was spinning.  I tried closing my eyes and opening them again, but the room was still spinning.  I tried focusing on one point of the room, and that didn't do any good, either.  It just kept spinning.  I didn't feel well, so I got up to head to the bathroom, but my balance was completely off.  I fell into a crumpled heap at the foot of the bed.  Jeffrey jumped up and helped me into the bathroom just in time.

It was the weirdest and worst feeling I have had in a long time.  Being sick from being dizzy and being dizzy with no accountable reason for it.

After a while Jeffrey helped/carried me back to bed where he set up a sick bowl next to me, and then he got up and got the baby.  He asked if I would be able to feed her, but I was too busy trying not to get sick all over the bed, and I couldn't trust myself to hold her since I couldn't even sit up, I was so dizzy.

I called my brother and talked to him briefly where I learned the meaning of the Vertigo.

It is not a fear of heights, as I had always supposed.

Apparently, what I have been experiencing all day is a real medical condition and not just a Hitchcock film starring James Stewart.  Who knew?

My brother told me of 2 medicines I could take, but only 1 was safe for breastfeeding, and that has antihistamines in it, which dry up the milk, so basically, there was nothing I could take to alleviate this really weird feeling.  And so, I just went to sleep.  When I woke up I tried to read, but the motion of my eyes across the page made the dizziness come back.  And so when I was awake I played with Beth or watched SNL (laughter is the best medicine, you know) until I fell asleep again.

And Jeffrey got the kids fed, and dressed, and Keith off to school, and the laundry done, and the kitchen cleaned, and Keith picked up from school, all while I was sleeping.  And then when I was sleeping again (I slept a lot today) he got the kids some lunch, and Keith's room clean, and Faye's room clean, and then went to the store.  He made dinner, got Beth to sleep, and the kids in their beds.

I don't know what I would have done without him.  

I feel guilty as this is the first time he has ever had to call in to work and miss a day because of me, but really, I wouldn't have been able to do any of the things he did today.  I was lucky to get the baby fed at all. 

Happily, after my first nap the room quit spinning and as the day progresses I am less dizzy and gaining more strength.  We have no idea what caused it.  My brother said it could be a virus, it could be nothing.  It is hard to tell.  

Here's hoping that tomorrow will not be dizzy at all.

1 comment:

Sue said...

My mom is prone to vertigo in times of stress. No fun! Glad it is starting to improve!

=)