Today is Tuesday January 15, 2013, and it has been sixty-four days since my journey with Labyrinthitis began, and today we went back to Dallas to the Owens Ear Center. I wasn’t supposed to see the doctor again until February 13, but I have some new symptoms that have had me worried for the past week.
I’ve never really thought about my ears. Nothing has ever hurt; they don’t ring, and they don’t pop or hurt when I fly. Last week my left ear (the bad one) began a clicking noise, not all the time, but off and on for about three days. At the same time, both ears began to feel pressured and “full,” something that those of you with alergies probably experience every single day, but I never have. They also are both ringing…I guess, since I don’t really even know what that means, but I am hearing a sound that is something like you might hear if you walk under a high voltage power line.
All of this concerned me enough to call Dr.Owens and set up an appointment. Having now lost a vocal cord and a balance center, I think I am pretty (make that VERY) gun-shy, and I do not want to ignore something that is a sign or a symptom. Remember, I haven’t been behind the wheel of an automobile since November 11!
Then, last Saturday I had a really good afternoon and evening. I was just here in the house, but I wasn’t terribly wobbly and thought I had made progress. That night Ric and I were sitting on the sofa when I dropped a tube of lotion I was holding. I did not see it so I kneeled down, retrieved it from under the sofa, and returned to my seat.
I suppose this was something that what balancing center I have left couldn’t stand. As soon as I returned to my seat, it felt as if a small, soundless explosion knocked me from my seat and to the floor, looking like a fool, I am sure! I still don’t have a clue what happened or how it happened, but I have been terribly dizzy ever since.
Anyway, we saw Dr. Owens today, and yes, these things are symptoms. The noise that I hear means that I am losing some hearing. Thankfully, my hearing is so good that I could lose a lot of it and still hear better than most people that I know. The fullness that I am feeling will continue to cost me some of my hearing until we can get it stopped. I have a new med for it.
The good news is that Dr. Owens says that it would be extremely rare for whatever has cost me the left balance center to move to the right…as I was afraid of by the symptoms in the right ear. Of course, when pressed he did admit that losing a vocal cord and a balance center is an extremely rare thing…
And finally, the best news was that even if I should lose the right balance center (while it would be tough), the brain will eventually take over for it. Soooooo….for now, I’m going to quit stressing over it.
Oh, and he did remind me that he had told me it will take a year to get back to normal. I actually thought it had already been six years, but he assures me it has only been two months! I will see him again in a month.
If you have ANY experience with ANY of this, I would love to hear from you.