Writer, author, memoir teacher. I write about the connections we find by giving each other the time and space to be heard.

Off Balance

Is this ironic? My memoir is called Off Kilter and this past week I have been struggling with Benign Positional Vertigo, which means I am well and truly off kilter! Last Tuesday, as I was reaching for the granola in my cupboard, the whole kitchen started spinning. I clung to the wall and hollered for my husband who escorted me to a chair.

Since then, I’ve learned this is sometimes called “upper shelf syndrome.” I can see why! I’ve been prescribed meclizine and rest. I’ve read two novels and am in the middle of a third. (Suite Francaise) Bored and frustrated with my inability to do yoga, I surfed the net and found some exercises that make me dizzy but may be helping. Today I walked down the driveway to the mailbox without falling. Tomorrow I see a PT.

Once again, I am reminded to: be mindful! How else do you walk when moving your head makes you dizzy? One step at a time, focus on a spot that doesn’t move, and breathe. Thank you, yoga teachers. Namaste.

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