Sunday, September 18, 2011
Closing in on the infinite
Tonight, on ABC-24 there was an interesing story on Norman Swann's 'Tonic' about vertigo. It starts at the 1:12 point and finishes at the 8:50 point. It talks about vertigo, menieres, BPV, dizziness, and balance. The resident expert is Profesor Michael Halmagyi out at the Balance Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
It was interesting, but progressed me no further along my long and winding road to knowing what my own balance issues are. However, yesterday I did locate a short video which shows you what oscillopsia does to my life as I walk anywhere. Distressing, isn't it? All of that is my own reality EXCEPT the shots of the sidewalk from the car. I was going to say that mine is not that agitated. Then I remembered that when I am in a bus looking sideways out the window, I shut my eyes because it is too distressing. When I toured around the Myrtleford area, I could not look out the side window, but had to look straight ahead through the driver's head!
However, I do have something to report to Halmagyi when I see him again. I am not his flavour of the month as my symptoms are not what he is investigating at the moment. He is into something to do with low blood pressure. My blood pressure seems to be okay at the moment: on the high side but not excessively so. However, whilst in Melbourne I had something slightly 'off' happen.
My friend, Diane, had a party at the local pub on the Saturday night. It was a cold night, but I knew the pub would be hot and the 30 odd people would make it seem hotter still. However, I had a long-sleeved top and a pair of pants on. The stress started when I realised that I had eaten too much. I had some of three courses, and I had one glass of wine. Another one was poured for me but I left it untouched. There was finger food to begin with. There were 4 different things and I had one of each. Then there was a main, and I had the gnocchi. There was a dessert, and I had one which I should not have. I was over full, uncomfortably so. I have a small stomach, and this is impacted by whatever is happening with my central nervous system. I feel full very quickly. I should have chosen the gnocchi only. My fault.
So, I was full. The room heated up. I got stressed. I heated up. Then I knew I had to leave. It was 11pm anyway. I was very stressed out, and a friend, Terry, took me home in a cab even though it was a very short way. When we got out of the cab, my legs refused to work. Both of them. Terry grabbed me and hustled me into the house. He said the next day that my legs just dangled. That was the sensation for me too: a pair of spastic legs. However, once he lumped me onto the porch, the sensation in my legs returned and I stumbled into bed semi-conscious. I remember saying to Terry, 'I can't get my legs to work.' Never had this before. So I guess I should report this to Halmagyi. I am not sure if it was the heat, or the stress from the heat and the feeling of overfullness that caused the spastic reaction. I am expecting at some stage that I will lose the ability to walk. Not just yet though.