This is a short note to explain why I haven’t been posting for many many months: I became A Dizzy Chick! One night in March I hopped into bed and felt like I was Alice-In-Wonderland falling headfirst down The Rabbit Hole, and I was spinning. When I saw the ENT I was diagnosed with “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo”. Luckily my doctor has it, too, and I saw that he was having a good life (and doing surgery) so I felt rather reassured. He told me to keep my head in “the nodding range”, and never look underneath anything (or go on amusement park rides–ever).
I spent the first two months having a lot of difficulty negotiating everyday life. I didn’t know what to focus on, and everything was moving. Then I became more adventurous and decided to see how far I could push myself to do things! That seemed to be a better approach for me. Every forward movement was followed by a few steps back. So progress has been slow, yet steady.
During this time I have found out how many people I know who have experienced vertigo, too. It’s amazing! (I googled it for dogs and guess what it’s called? Old Dog Vertigo.)
So it has been about 5 months now. I have “habituated” to it, which means I am comfortable living with it. I drive (which doesn’t involve balance) and am back to exercising, and I’m ready to write here again!
One thing that helped me from getting deconditioned (from lack of exercise) was my Exerstrider walking poles! (Also called urban poles or Nordic poles) They made me feel very supported and steady when I resumed walking for exercise. My “trainer”, Tom, gave me great feedback as I learned to use them correctly (while feeling dizzy). I’ll write an article about them, hopefully soon.
It’s great to be back!