Thursday morning I woke up with extreme dizziness and nausea. After almost hitting the wall trying to get to the bathroom and then not being able to move from the floor, I eventually was able to scoot myself to the phone and call 911. Police, fire and ambulance arrived and carted me off to the hospital. After a cat scan, MRI and a blur of other tests, they ruled out the really scary stuff. The eventual diagnosis was benign positional vertigo and I was released Saturday evening.
Follow-up visits with my primary physician and a physical therapist who specializes in balance/vertigo adjusted the diagnosis to vestibular neuritis which is an infection of the inner ear. The average recovery period for this is 6-8 weeks and for the moment I am struggling with vertigo, some double vision, most computer stuff (but using my iphone seems to work pretty well) and have been told not to drive.
I am so thankful for the support of family (my sister-in-law came from Bismarck for the first few days I was out of the hospital and my sister and brother-in-law are coming tomorrow from Kansas City). The support, offers of assistance, and prayers of friends and co-workers have also been incredibly comforting. (It was amazing the efforts that were made to track me down when I was unable to do anything other than lie on my back in the ER.) I truly realize how blessed I am with the wonderful people God has put in my life.
I suspect I will struggle with the limitations (hopefully short-term) of this diagnosis. I am praying for peace about this.
I hope I will be back soon with additional quilting tips and ideas for you.
In the interim, happy quilting.