So I had this post all planned out. I had been working on it in my head. I even had a few little illustrations to go with it. Neat huh?
I really wanted to talk about what has been happening to me over the past few months. All the stuff that has been going on…Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually.
I thought I could get it out. I haven’t been able to write much. To read much. To do much of anything because of the vertigo. Finally, I thought I could do it. I started getting it together. but that’s not how things happened…..
I started getting ready for bed night before last. I had had a strange day. I hadn’t had vertigo, but my ears felt off. (if you have Meniere’s you can know what that means….or it could means something different for me….what they were doing, well, they felt very full, and my hearing was weird – best word I have – I thought that would stop when I lost my hearing and now hear through cochlear implants, but no, my hearing still gets wonky, unless of course I turn them off, then I just hear the increased tinnitus….oh yeah, I didn’t mention that, I also had increased tinnitus.) I also had this weird fainting type of spell. I didn’t faint, but I felt like I was going to, like I was hit by a tranquilizer gun. It was strange. I had to fight hard not to just pass out. I could have gone to sleep, I guess, but it was too scary of a feeling, like if I went to sleep I might now wake up. This has happened a few times lately, I have blamed the steroids, they can make your blood sugar drop, so I eat something and feel better. This time was a bit worse, as it came on very suddenly, and I was hard pressed to even move……so….Stuart checked my blood sugar. I’d just eaten a banana, my blood sugar should not have been low. My blood sugar was indeed not low. It was on the higher side of normal…hmmm. Not that strange since I just had that very ripe banana, but strange since I felt like I was fainting from low blood sugar??? what on earth? Well I ate some protein anyway, and maybe it was the placebo effect, maybe the spell was just ending, whatever…I started to feel better. But I still felt off…and I admit, I ate more, I ate too much probably. But I felt better.
A little while later I went to get ready for bed. I was brushing my teeth and looking in the mirror and thought…why am I moving? Then I feel it and think…”oh shit.” Yep, vertigo. No warning, no strange feeling, nothing….I was just moving….what the?
It was slow so I rushed to go to pee real fast but had to have Stuart help me to bed. (I always try to pee really fast before it gets bad because I always have to go when it happens. It is horrible lying there about to bust to pee and can’t move because of vertigo, but it happens every time! And if I vomit, I will pee too, complete loss of control. So rush to pee, if I can…..so strange how things have changed for me with this…I never would have considered trying to run to the bathroom when this started a just a year ago, now, well….things have changed….)
I got my meds in me and it looked like this wold be a short trip. WRONG! It was a long and bad. Over 4 hours….slow, fast, start to sleep – wake spinning fast, terrified – have to go to the bathroom again! can’t get up….bedpan, humiliation, back – pain! – ….FAST SPINNING – help….slow…..fast…..sick…sick….help….tired….guilt….sorry…..sleep….AHHH!…..slow….sleep…AHHH!……….
I was supposed to be going down to 1 steroid a day the next day. Yesterday. I did. I felt bad all day yesterday. I hoped it was just that hangover feel from the night before. Then..Last night. vertigo. just a little, all night, I just kept waking with the bed moving. I handled it.
This morning I woke….AHHH! FULL FAST SPIN! Stuart’s at work, and I have to GO TO THE BATHROOM! and I do not mean just for my morning pee. Oh hell. Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! I can’t move. Which world do I try to step in to? They are moving so fast. Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Oh I am so sick. More meds. sick. I have to GO!
I grab my phone….text….I can’t see the key board, it’s all a blur…WHOOSH! I type, “Spinning” I think…and hit send to Stuart. I don’t want to bother him, I want to be able to do this alone. But how? I know other people do. How do they do it? How do they go to the bathroom? How do they survive without killing themselves (accidentally or on purpose?) Since this has gotten so bad, I have always had Stuart to help me. I’ve only had to deal with an attack a very few times alone. That was so long ago. It was so hard. I don’t know how to not ask for that help from him. How do I do this alone?
Soon I got a text back. I don’t know what it said…..I texted….”help” hit send.
Then I called on voice. I only have to hit one button. I did not have my cochlear implant’s on, so I could not hear anything. I saw the little numbers start counting, I don’t know if he picked up, I just started talking. “I’m not hurt, I have to go to the bathroom. I need help for that. I’m not hurt. please just come help me to the bathroom. I’m not hurt. can’t get to the bathroom, really have to go…..” then said I hoped he heard me and hung up. I really wanted him to know I wasn’t lying there hurt, but I needed a little help….then I waited….
and waited. and held on as hard as I could. I knew I would soon have to try to crawl to the bathroom…..but then what? I wouldn’t be able to get up on the toilet…..what was I going to do? I kept trying to think. the bedpan was in the bathroom. Ugh! The trashcan? maybe. I’m going to kill my back even more. “I have to GO! I’m going to soil myself soon.” (I really think I may have ended up soiling myself before I would have made the decision what to do. My body wasn’t going to wait much longer.) Then Kiki jumped up and ran out of the room…..”Yes, Stuart is here. Whew….”
So I was saved the humiliation of soiling myself, or the possibility of injuring my back more from trying to get to the bathroom by myself…..or injuring myself any number of other ways. *sigh*
The vertigo won’t go away. It slows way down….right now I feel like I’m on a boat with the constant rocking, and if I move, it gets MUCH worse. I will have full blown spins on and off.
I had an appointment scheduled at Duke tomorrow with my ear doc to get his opinion about all of this, now I can’t ride in the car for that long. We rescheduled it for…I think Stuart said a week or so out. I have increased the steroids and am hoping I can get this under control enough by then so I can ride in the car to get there. What can he do? I have no idea. What is causing this? I have no idea. I thought I had an idea, but now, nope. Where do I go from here? if my trip to Duke comes up with nothing….I don’t know. One step at a time.
I can’t control what happens in the future, but that doesn’t mean I can just sit around and not do anything. I have to consider Stuart’s job. His boss has been so very understanding, but this is above and beyond what we ever thought he would have to be doing. First I injure my back and now this? I’m afraid he is being understanding on the outside and not so much on the inside? Stuart is getting his work done. He works the hours, just often not normal hours. Today he is now working at home. He is going to talk to his boss again about this to ease my mind. He likes this job, I do not want to jeopardize it because of me. But I do not know how to take care of me during the attacks by myself. If they are short, fine. But when I can’t walk all day long because of it? How do I go to the bathroom? Get water? food? We can’t afford to get me a helper, and who would know when I’d need one? (I’m spouting off out loud here, I’m not looking for answers…..just where my mind is right now.)
The guilt about this eats me up. It is crazy to feel so guilty about being sick. I didn’t do it. I have no control over it. Yet, this is the one thing I find the hardest to deal with….guilt. I am so very sorry to be such a burden. At times I will feel like I am past this, but then things like this happen and how can I not feel like a burden. How can I not feel guilty? How can I not feel that I am causing so much trouble for my husband? Believe me I could give a list here of a lot of things that need to be done, that he needs for himself…..ect…..that are neglected because of me….because I’m sick. Guilt much?? I’m working on being much more gentle with myself, non judgmental….I’m better than I used to be, but really, I don’t know if I’ll ever get rid of all of the guilt. It’s a work in progress. I can say it is much better than it used to be. I don’t hate myself, and I don’t think of myself as a complete failure. Those used to be huge thoughts that ran through my mind. Those are thoughts that I hear from many people who are chronically ill and have lost so much of their independence. That’s a sad thing isn’t it? Ah…things I’ve been thinking about…..I’m doing really well with much of this stuff. I really do like me. I try my best to be a good person and I think that’s pretty darn important. It’s just that my body often needs help, and I feel guilty about that. Perhaps, if my husband had help it would be easier. …..eh…..going in circles there aren’t I?
No…this isn’t the post I planned to write. It isn’t well thought out. It isn’t illustrated. It doesn’t give a good account of what has happened. It’s just me. Telling you a little bit how it is now. In this world of mine. would I change things in my world today. yeah, can’t say I wouldn’t. Do I still love my life….most of it yeah. This vertigo stuff can hit the highway though…..but I will accept it. I have to.
This is just how things are right now. Just right now. they were different a moment ago…they will be different in a moment.
I’m actually much calmer about things and I’m dealing mentally with things better….yeah I know it doesn’t sound like it….but really I am (probably won’t be when the steroids start kicking in full force again, but hey, at least I’ll know it is the steroids, right? this last round made me a bit crazy….I do not know what if feels like for a “normal” person to be on a high dose of steroids, but it makes me feel like my bipolar medications aren’t working, however, you sit there and think….is it the steroids or do I really feel like this? ugh!)
It has taken me all day to write this.
I hope it makes some sense.
I’m going to try to write more often. I need to keep up with what is happening to me. So these posts coming up may be up and down or start to sound the same or something….but I really need to just write about what I am going through….
hope you don’t mind….
I might just need someone to listen.