Friday, October 09, 2009

BuMp in the Night

With Vertigo spinning me out of control this month... HOW appropriate is the sunday scribblings prompt??
My spinning is the worst at night while trying to sleep. Rolling over is a thing of the past as I can only sleep on my right side. Turning left makes me fly around the room. Unfortunately... visiting the bathroom in the night seems an inevitable occurrence and BUMPing into the walls is my typical way to sidewind my way to the toilet! This past week...I've knocked over my alarm clock, my lamp, stepped on my dog cosmo and knocked a picture off the wall! Luckily I caught it with my hands and not the top of my head!! Luckily too that Cosmo didn't even yipe (he has an unusually hard head for a little schnoodle!) All this while spinning and needing to urinate badly!
Each morning mr. Petals gets annoyed and says.. Wake me up!! I will help you get to the bathroom..
but I just don't want to disturb him that way... Best he is only disturbed by lamps and clocks and pictures bumping in the night, right??

I went to a doctor yesterday that specializes in... DIzZY people. (people have been calling me dizzy for years...who knew it was a specialty?!)
He diagnosed me as having BPPV and feels he can fix me with NO meds and NO surgery...
(Mr. Petals asked him ..."what are you going to do, say a chant over her head?" but NO..it is called the Epely maneuver and it looks crazy and I fear it will make me vomit... but I am praying it will help me. (my quick explanation to my sons was.. I have little crystal rocks in my ear that are out of whack.. He is going to turn me around a few times and move my rocks to a better place!! ) He said 80% of patients with BPPV are able to be helped by this method, saving lamps and pets and additional potential problems that could be caused by spinning and bumping out of control.
After the maneuver I have to wear a soft neck brace and Not lie down for 48 hours, I'll sleep in a recliner chair... No bending, driving, working. NO ZUMBA for sure!!! (I"ll have to ask him.. i sure hope it means no cooking, cleaning or laundry either)
WISH me Luck on Monday!!

15 comments:

anthonynorth said...

That sounds terrible. I have a certain amount of dizziness with my cfs, but not that bad. Hope the treatment goes ok.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Can't you just have some wild, rowdy sex and knock those crystals in your ears around?

Granny Smith said...

Your bumps sound like my bumps, which, taken with the other signs of aging, have made my life an adventure, to say the least! I have done much of my navigating lately with a Rollerater - one of wheeled walkers with a seat on them for when one suddenly gives up.

You write amusingly about your problem, but I know there's nothing funny about it. I hope that your procedure clears up everything.

XOXO

Cricket said...

Wow - I hope your treatment works, this sounds terrible. Of course, Queen's advise sounds more fun.

Tumblewords: said...

Amazing treatment - good luck - I can imagine it's hard to laugh about it...

Rinkly Rimes said...

I know what you mean about beig in bed. I know when I've had an attack of vertigo I've literally held on the sides of the bed because I felt I was going to fly off! Very nasty.

Patois said...

I hope he can jump/bump/pump those dizzies out of you.

Heliotropism said...

That is terrible! I am glad you saw a doctor for it and sure hope you get well!

Deirdre said...

I've heard positive things about the Epely Maneuver - it helps some people the very first time. Good luck & get well!

Remiman said...

Lucy,
Keeping my fingers crossed for you!
rel

keiths ramblings said...

I often bump into things when I go to the bathroom in the night but that's usually due to a little too much wine before sleepy-byes! Best of luck Lucy.

Forgetfulone said...

Good luck sweetie! Keep us posted!

JP/deb said...

I had this too & had the treatments several years ago (they worked!) I remember having to wear a neck brace after (I guess so as to not undo the manipulation - embarassing!)

Good luck dizzy girl :)

xx,
deb

Bone said...

I'm sorry you're having such a rough time lately, Lucy. I sure hope this treatment works!

PS: I love that you named your dog Cosmo! :)

Lucy said...

thanks so much everyone..
still in the neck brace and hoping by tonight I may know if this maneuver worked.
sleeping in the recliner has been awful. Can't wait to sleep in my bed tonight.
xox