Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Well, it hasn't been boring!

As I said before, I hope everyone had either a good Thanksgiving or at least a good Thursday.  We actually had a very nice one.  Number One Daughter brought a friend so there were four of us at dinner.  The turkey came out early as usual but it turned out ok.  He was a tough little devil and it took longer than usual to sub-divide him into dinner-sized portions. 

Friday was pretty normal:  my wife and I mostly rested!  This cooking thing takes it out of you.  As I often do while watching tv, I fell asleep in my recliner.   I usually wake around midnight, go to the bathroom and off to bed.  This night I woke as usual and made it to the bathroom then it hit, vertigo! 

If you haven't heard of it, vertigo is severe dizzyness.  I've had it three times in the past four or five years.  The first time we went to the emergency room because we were both terrified not knowing what was going on.  Basically they gave me a drug called meclizine to ease the dizzy feeling and sent me home after a few tests.  When we learned meclizine is an over-the-counter drug, I bought a bottle!  The two other incidents were minor in comparison. 

Anyway Friday night I headed off for my chair again but didn't make it:  I face planted into the carpet in the living room.  After a while I managed to make it back to my chair but it was a struggle.  There was no way I'd make it to the bedroom!  So I spent the remainder of Friday night in my chair.

Saturday morning my wife found me and went into 'super-nurse' mode.  It was a good thing.  I lay in the chair with my eyes closed taking meclizine for the remainder of the day.  I really couldn't open my eyes for more than a few minutes and turning my head was out of the question.  Food for the day was a small turkey sandwich. 

Sunday I felt better.  I could turn my head if it was done slowly.  I certainly wasn't walking anywhere without leaning on my wife.  Lunch and dinner were pretty low key as well.  Monday I still needed help walking.  Finally, today, I can walk unaided.  We even went to the casino for breakfast.  The real reason for going out was to see if I could manage being in the car because my wife has a medical appointment in Vegas tomorrow.  We needed to figure out if I would be ok in the car or if I was staying home.  Looks like I can go!  I'm still light headed but it's not bad.  I wouldn't want to climb a ladder or walk a narrow path but it's not bad. 

My advice is that if you can avoid vertigo, do it!  This is three days after the face-plant.
Gotta go.  It's time for more left-over turkey!  Thanks for stopping by.

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