I woke up at 3 am thinking it would be a normal trip to the rest room.
How very wrong I was. Upon taking one step I fell sideways. Hard into the wooden
pole at the foot of our bed. I grabbed it and held on for all I was worth as the room
swam and I broke out in a cold sweat and nausea.
What in the world?
I am no stranger to vertigo but it normally presents as a swirling room, not like this.
So, there I stood. Still foggy from sleep but in kind of a bad way. I didn't want to
"get sick" right in our bedroom but I couldn't imagine making it to the bathroom on
my own either. I thought about waking Warren but thought that might cause a panic
that could end up at the hospital and wasn't wanting that to happen....so I just stayed.
Attached to the bed and hoping that this would pass.
Finally I felt I could move if I held onto something all the way. So that was just what I did.
Groping from dresser to doorknob to wall and on I went until I made it to my goal.
The sweats and nausea were awful. The swimming sensation in my head a stranger to me.
I checked my smile in the mirror. Both sides of my lips went up
and so I was relieved that this didn't appear to be a stroke.
Finally I carefully made it back to bed and collapsed onto my right side. Oops. That didn't work.
I felt that I was rocking in a boat on a storm filled sea. Over to my left side. Ahhhh....much better.
The "sea" was stilled.
I slept restlessly until sometime just before 6 am when I decided I had tried hard enough. I came to the computer to see what it had to say about vertigo. Sure enough! Every one of my symptoms were there. This is apparently just a different type than I've ever experienced before.
As the day goes on I'm much, much better. Warren and I have been out and done our grocery shopping without any embarrassing falls or sickness.
Here's hoping that it was just a one time event that never returns. But I am carefully considering if I even want to attempt to sleep on my usual right side tonight....or just play it safe and sleep on my left.
That was bad enough that I'm leaning toward avoiding all risk.
Do you have experience with vertigo? Any helpful hints? I know about the exercise/positions you can do to move crystals that can cause it....however, I think this time that the source of the problems originates in my neck somehow. Must be a nerve thing is what I'm thinkin'.
Otherwise life is pretty awesome. I have no complaints.
I'm loving my work, my family, the opportunities at Bible Study, Church and Co-op to participate in music, and even my crazy needy pets. All FOUR of whom try to get my attention regularly
and at the same time.
See you again soon.