Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Postings

Will be taking a break from my blog for the time being.

Hope you all have a great summer.....and for all the dizzy readers....hope you have a spin free couple of months to enjoy the warmer weather!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Let Me Off This Rollercoaster!

I'm not sure what was going on week before last.  I had been feeling pretty good for the most part. Then for five days I had one of my worst experiences with tinnitus. It knocked me off my feet. I found myself on such an emotional roller-coaster. I started falling into a deep hole and the more I tried to climb out the deeper I fell. I haven't had such a feeling of despair for a long time. I was enjoying getting my life back on track and loved the feeling of being able to come and go as I pleased once again. As the stretch of tinnitus went into day three and four I found my freedom starting to fade. All I could do was cry, it was as if I was mourning the loss of a good friend. That friend being my freedom. It was a reminder to me that this f**ked up inner ear experience still runs the show. As much as I try to keep it under control it still has the power to take over and cause me much unwanted chaos.

As of today I am feeling better and with each passing day I am getting stronger and getting back on track. I am happy to report that  I am regaining my freedom once again. With the help of my husband and my dizzy friends my attitude has shifted back to a more positive mode. I'm out of the funk that consumed my life during those five days. I can honestly say that I was terrified that I was starting to slide backwards. I am so relieved that this was not the case.

Life goes on and so do I.

Hope you all have a dizzy free weekend.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Holding My Breath

For the last eight weeks I have been feeling pretty good. Most days my Meniere's symptoms are minimal and manageable. In the past, when I would have a week long stretch of feeling this good, I always felt like cousin Oliver (my code name for the onset of vertigo symtoms) was hiding around the corner just waiting to catch me off guard. This time it is different for some reason. I have not had any dizziness or vertigo for the last two months. I still experience tinnitus, brain fog, some ear pressure and the occasional headache but nothing like a couple of months ago. Maybe my holistic approach to living with Meniere's is starting to pay off.

A few months ago I purchased a book called "Let's Get Better" by Meniere Man on Not sure exactly who this Meniere Man is - but the book is a good read. He talks about his experience of being diagnosed with Meniere's in his mid forties. He focuses on diet, exercise and alternative treatments in managing his Meniere's. Of all the books I have read, this one has been the most down to earth and helpful.

His approach to living with a chronic condition like Meniere's makes the most sense to me. By making my body as healthy and as strong as possible I have more of a fighting chance to find a place where I can live with this chronic condition with the least amount of restrictions.. I am not big on taking meds to manage the Meniere's unless my doctor can give me a logical reason why I should take them. I am also not ready to have any invasive procedures done at this point either ~ the success rates are not high enough for me to risk a poor outcome.. Fortunately, the ENT I have now takes a conservative approach to helping me manage my Meniere's symptoms.

I am now focused more on stabilizing my symptoms rather than stressing about how to make them go away. Which I don't think will ever happen anyway. I have better days and worse days. Fortunately for now,  I have reached a point where I am able to coexist with my symptoms and lead a fairly functional life.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Power of Friendship

I can't even begin to imagine this journey without my dizzy friends. Yes, I have my husband and yes, he has been my rock and has stuck by me through thick and thin. However, having dizzy friends that are also living with an inner ear disorder too, are an integral part of being able to lead a productive and meaningful life. Just being able to share my feelings with friends who totally get my experience is worth more than all the money in the world. Having friends I can call anytime of the day to help me get through a rough patch is invaluable. Being able to just laugh about the absurdity of living with a dysfunctional vestibular system makes life more bearable. Having an actual authentic connection to another human being that shares my perspective with all of this chaos seems to help it all make sense. There is no way I could ever attach a price tag to friendships like these ~ they are priceless!

The support of my family and friends is important, but being able to have dizzy friends walking beside me on this journey makes the road a lot less lonely.

Here are two of my favorite business sites that are owned by a couple of my dizzy friends.Support works both ways. They are here for me and I am there for them.

Check them out :-)

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Hope you all have a great dizzy-free weekend!