October 24th, 2006

good mris pic

inner earness

Well. I have had my inner ear messed with, non-surgically, and I am still a bit unsteady from the experience. In fact, if I was left to my own devices with no instructions, I would want to go have a lie-down right about now. I suspect that I will end up sleeping in markgritter's or timprov's recliner tonight, to minimize the temptation of rolling off the pillows to sleep flat.

Anyway, it was not too bad, could have been worse. They didn't do the thing that sounds and feels like a family of woodpeckers has taken up residence in my skull. That was worse. I have a new standard for medical appointments: any medical appointment where you don't need anaesthetic, and where they don't do the woodpecker thing, and where no competent doctor says, "Uhhh...that's weird," or, "Uh-oh!", is a good medical appointment. It used to be "any medical appointment where nothing metal enters your body is a good medical appointment," but in the last year I have discovered unpleasant things they can do to you without bits of metal inside your body.

Now I go about the rest of my day upright. I'm not sure how this will go. I have the feeling I will feel thwarted, if not at every turn, certainly at many turns. Still, it's over, and it's much easier to deal with the known limits on what I can do than the unknowns about what will need doing.
good mris pic

So far

(For those of you just tuning in, I had a procedure to deal with my vertigo this morning, and I'm restricted in activities until Thursday morning. I can't drive, can't exercise, can't bend over, can't lie flat.)

So far it's not the things for which I have to bend over that are the problem, because I just can't do them, and they're much easier to anticipate. So far it's the things for which I don't have to bend over but generally do anyway. Brushing my teeth, for example: I bend over the sink. I can brush my teeth bolt upright, but I tend to bend over. I can reach most things that are on the floor by kneeling and looking down with my eyes, not my chin, until I can see what it is I'm going for. But unless I'm getting something for a reason, it's probably best to just let it go.

Having the dog staying with my folks for a few nights is once again a very helpful thing.

I am tired, and left to my own devices I would lie down. I am not left to my own devices. I will be trying to make the couch and/or the recliner bearable and not-fully-reclined. I am hoping for the best and not much planning on it. I am trying to cut myself some slack over the next few days.

The "quick spins": they are not much fun. I don't recommend them, actually.

Tonight I got noodles at Rainbow* for dinner, and they were lovely and are now abundant in leftover form. markgritter drove and did not mind when I got spinny or when I got weepy. (I am a bit more fragile with my world spinny.) And I got ice cream, many of you will apparently be relieved to know. And tomorrow there will be distractions of various kinds, and I will sit and write some, and it will be all right.

If you like, tell me about something spinny, twirly, tilty, or otherwise physically disorienting. Or tell me about something temporally disorienting.

*That's Rainbow Chinese restaurant on Nicollet, not Rainbow Foods.