Two days before Thanksgiving I had a bout of dizziness. The world wasn’t spinning, but my usually poor balance was off kilter. I dismissed it as a one-day ailment.
One week later I’m visiting my sister in Seattle I awake the second morning and the room is spinning counter-clockwise. I’ve not drunk any alcohol to cause this. Definitely a neurological problem.😵💫 The dizziness also returns with nausea and stays full-on for about five days.
Returning home I convince my neurosurgeon’s nurse that something isn’t right. The last time I felt like this I was on a slow boat to shunt failure. After a shunt series and a CT scan they can find nothing wrong with the function of hardware in my brain.🧠
Three weeks into this adventure I now feel like I’m being blown over by a strong wind. I call make an appointment with my neurologist, but can’t get an appointment until June. 😐
Fortunately, the symptoms subside before Christmas and I’m confident enough to leave the proximity of my medical team to visit my out-of-town in-laws. The visit was medically uneventful, and my largest worry was my kitten hiding permanently under their couch. 🛋 It did add some humor to an otherwise stressful month.
I recently tweeted a picture that showed the process I am using to outline my new novel. There were a number of replies which generally fell into two categories: That is mental, you are mental #PantsersRuleTheWorld Interesting, I might give it a try. Of course, we all love to write and the more time you […]
With a worldwide pandemic and racial riots it’s been a good time to stay home. I’ve been out of the house only a handful of time since mid march. I’ve cancelled a trip to Hawaii, a trip to Houston and a trip to England. Another casualty was a cruise to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. Many have spoken about cancelling 2020, does that mean I can cancel my fiftieth birthday? In 2021 can I claim to still be forty nine? One good thing that’s come out if staying at home, I’m exercising more. It really does help mitigate anxiety by keeping to a regular schedule.
A (protracted) post from a hydro-mom, Olivia is a teenager!! She’s had as many brain surgeries as I’ve had years of life. #NOMOREBS
“Olivia’s going into surgery shortly. This will be number 50. Let that sink in a moment. We need better technology, more research, a cure. Olivia has missed most of this semester at school. We need to do better.”
A resolution to the headaches I was experiencing in November.👍 A little research on what I’d started eating recently, and Google.
Some people who have allergic reactions to Ragweed also respond negatively to camomile. Although a new tea I’d been drinking wasn’t a camomile tea per se, it did contain camomile. Once I stopped drinking the tea, the headaches went away.