October 20, 2004

hello hello! i'm at a place called "vertigo"

well, indeed, i have an inner ear infection... yay! after a daunting morning drive to work yesterday, i relented to my dizziness and made a doctor's appointment. i don't think i've ever had so much fun during a ten-minute physician's appointment in my life!

it started out with me recounting my dizzying experience to the doctor i had been assigned to (did i mention that her name was "gisele"? no matter). after that, we got to the fun part. she asked me to lie down, and that immediately caused the light-headedness to wash over me.

gisele: you're feeling it already?
me: oh yeah.
both of us: (pleased)

so then came the real fun part - gisele stood to the far right-hand side of me and instructed me to look at her face and sit up quickly, without taking my eyes off her. it was already taking me awhile just to be able to focus on her - it didn't bode well for the experiment, but i was willing to give it a go.

one - two - three UP! immediately following my jolt up i nearly fell off the examination table entirely. gisele had to grab me to keep me from dropping to the linoleum floor. the room was spinning. well, no - no, it wasn't, but it felt as if it were turning. but i'm one of those people who enjoys the feeling of dizziness.

me: that was fun!
gisele: fun? you like rollercoasters, don't you?
me: oh yeah!

it was clear to the doctor, gisele, that i had some sort of inner ear disturbance, most likely an infection. she prescribed me some antivert (which so far has not caused the dizziness to fade away) and instructed me to give it a few days, and it should go away on its own (the infection).

late last night my left ear began to ache. the damn infection is outward bound! so no work for me today. i spent most of the day sleeping, and trying to avoid pressure on the left side of my head. i woke up this evening and the left side of my throat was raw. nice. sounds like a good round of antibiotics are in my future.


posted by julie at October 20, 2004 06:51 PM


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