Dizzy Blonde

Dizzy

For the last year or so I’ve been battling with intermittent dizziness. Sometimes to the extent that I couldn’t stand.
I never know when the dizziness will hit or how long it will last. It’s been quite a challenge. When the neurologist reviewed my brain MRI, she couldn’t find a reason for the intermittent dizziness, so she sent me the “dizzy doctor” – a neurotologist.

My primary care physician was concerned that I might have Ménière’s disease. When I saw the dizzy doctor, I told him of my PCP’s concerns.

He asked me a million questions. One of the questions was about migraines. I told him I used to have migraine headaches years ago, and I now have ocular migraines. An ocular migraine is where you have visual disturbances without the headache.

Since I have ocular migraines, the doctor said I was much more likely to develop vestibular migraines. I had never heard of vestibular migraines, but he explained that they affect balance and cause dizziness.

He started me on a migraine diet, but wanted to do some more testing. After the testing, because there were some abnormal results in one of the tests, he sent me for an MRI of the brain with the internal auditory canals (IACs).

The MRI came back normal. No tumor on the auditory nerve, so that’s good. I go back to see the dizzy doctor in a month or so and we’ll see what his final diagnosis is, but I would bet he says I’m having vestibular migraines.

I’ve been a nurse forever and this was the first I’d ever heard of vestibular migraines, but I’ve never been one to do things the easy way.

Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope if your home is snow covered you’re staying warm.

I took this photo in Telluride last February. It was fun to watch the skiers, but I felt a longing for the life I used to live. The one before autoimmune diseases when I could run and play.

As the new year rolled around, I decided to focus on the good things in my life instead of the changes. You see, I’m very blessed. In spite of limitations and disabilities that are frustrating, I have a good, full life.

So often I focus on what I don’t have. For me, it’s rarely the beautiful new home, the new car, diamonds, etc. I often focus on the abilities I no longer have. Before I got sick, I earned my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. When I’m having a bad day, I tend to focus on what might have been had I gotten sick.

I loved sparring and won several tournaments, but I started getting ill right before I earned my black belt. By the time I received it, I could no longer compete. In fact, I could no longer practice. It caused too much pain.

This year, however, I plan to focus on my abilities. What I can accomplish in spite of my disability. My life has changed, but I still have a good, blessed life. It’s time to focus on the blessings. I have a good life and instead of lamenting what might have been, I want to focus on what is.

Will you join me in focusing on what you can do this year? I would love to hear your stories and how you’re changing your focus and making the this year the best ever!