I promised myself that I was going to blog my journey through labyrinthitis as my right side works to adjust to the lost balance center on the left side, and I am going to do it, but I have to tell you that this is one subject that I am just sick to death of discussing here on my four months and 7 days anniversary…and that is crazy since I am finally seeing so much progress.
I went for a walk today and although I’m sure it was less than two miles, I was able to pick up the pace quite a bit. In fact, it seemed as if I was walking faster than a lot of healthy people that I see out walking, even though I have to use a cane to stay upright. And that reminds me that I did stay upright, not falling once. I think this is my first walk to be able to claim that so you see, it is great progress.
If you were to drive by me and wave, I could not wave back for a couple of reasons. First of all, I cannot walk and look at anything but the ground so I can’t see you wave. I can’t even cut my eyes without getting off balance. Plus, I can’t walk and raise my caneless hand and wave. That would throw me squarely on my face, and I do love the new sunglasses Rickey bought me!
I also cannot turn my head and walk. I have to stop, get planted, look up straight, and then turn my head. Hopefully, I will begin to see progress here in the not too distant future.
As for other progress, I have now attended both class and worship twice. Keeping my head up and at attention for a two-hour span has been way more than I could do until just recently; however, I was still feeling fine when we were dismissed yesterday, and that has not been the case so more big progress.
As far as my balance, right now I seem to be in a sideways mode. I hit a lot of door facings yesterday and today during my walk I noticed that at times I would begin to walk sideways across the street even though my feet were trying to walk straight ahead. I’m told that this is very normal although it does me to knock things over here in the house because I can’t keep from walking into them.
The main thing is that I’m not feeling sick (kind of like being car sick) all of the time, and that is a huge relief.
And I will close with a funny, stupid incident. Saturday morning I was home alone and went into the bathroom to get ready for the day. It hasn’t happened in a while, but I took one look in the mirror (watch it!), and for the first time in several weeks, it flipped me. As I went down, I took everything on my side of the vanity with me, including my electric curlers.
I’ve dropped those curlers so many times since I’ve been sick until the case barely holds together, and Ric is very tired of finding the little things all over the floor. So…..I got myself to my knees and crawled all over the bathroom floor as I tried to find all of the darned things. I looked and looked and could only find four.
I finally resigned myself to the fact that Rickey was just going to have to find them for me…again…when it hit me. The goofy things were in my hair…right where they were supposed to be!