Posted at 1:14 pm , on August 2, 2008
The Epley Maneuver works! For me, anyway. My physical therapist repositioned the little rocks in my head, called otoconia, by taking me through a series of head turning positions. The first time made me very dizzy for about 15 seconds, then…I was cured!
I have more exercises to improve my sense of balance, but I am happy to be able to drive, walk and return to normal life!
This week I drove to a few local bookstores to promote my memoir, Off Kilter. It’s hard work but fun meeting the owners of these independent stores.
And, I worked on my novel about a Polish ancestor from the 18th century….
Posted at 2:39 pm , on July 21, 2008
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.