Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Exactly six weeks from today we'll be in the U.S.!!!

Excuse me while I hyperventilate.
Just a tad a little HUGELY freaking out over all that we have to do between now and then!
Not being "fully operational" doesn't help :(

Today I finished the last of the tests that the ENT specialist ordered. Thankfully the machine that had been broken was fixed and all proceeded according to plan. The first test involved being hooked up to electrodes (both ears and forehead) while a set of earphones fed noise into one ear at a time. Not awful, but not pleasant either since the noise sounded like a jack hammer and IT WAS VERY LOUD. Giving me a headache for what appears to be the rest of the day.

The second test was worse though, since they induced vertigo (as if I wasn't having enough of it). Did you know you could induce vertigo? I had no idea. Warm air directly into the ear will do it every time.

Now we wait for at least a week for the results, after which I guess we go back to the ENT specialist.

I've heard from a number of people who have experienced vertigo (for a variety of reasons) but it's always been a temporary condition, lasting anywhere from a few days to several weeks. It's nice to know it's probably temporary although I am well into week #3 and ready for the "this too shall pass" part. Especially after this weekend when I had vertigo constantly from Friday night through Sunday. Saturday was the worst with it being severe a good portion of the day, complete with nausea and vomiting. I was pretty much reduced to a blubbering cry-baby by afternoon.

There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to what brings an episode on, so it's impossible to avoid and/or prevent them. Just learning to deal with them as they come, praying for healing and endurance in the meanwhile.

Monday and Tuesday afternoon during siesta, we used the time to go out to the lot and start clearing along the back fence line. It's been a dumping spot for everything from broken cement to actual garbage. Ivan worked like a trooper and cleared a swath through the brush and chunks of cement and tile while I putzed around filling a small garbage bag or two, then sat in the shade for half an hour before getting up to fill another bag. He's my very own Energizer bunny while I'm more like the... hmmmm, can't actually think of anything this lazy.

Yesterday he dug all around some tree roots because a silly elm tree happens to be right smack dab in the spot where we need to place a corner post of the fence. Tomorrow he'll go back out with a heavy chain and the chain saw and try to cut/pull it out of there.

We're finding that installing a fence is neither simple nor easy when your property undulates like ours, and since we'll be doing all the work ourselves it might take the entire six weeks we have left! Especially since we can only work on it in bits here and there, as we do have other responsibilities.

Poco a poco.
The story of my life.


Mari said...

Those tests don't sound fun at all! Hope the results are back soon with something easily treated!

The Bug said...

I'm glad to hear from you - I had wondered how your tests went. I guess they didn't go until today :)

Good luck with the fence. If you want to find a good noun for lazy, just say that your like The Bug. Heh.

skoots1mom said...

was sooo hoping your suffering was over by now...sorry to here you're still having to cope with it.
Prayers for your complete healing and no long-term effects.
Rest as much as you can.

Jen T said...

Induced vertigo? That sounds miserable! I'm so sorry you're having a time with your hearing. I hope it all gets worked out and you're back to feeling good. Glad to hear you're coming to the US for a visit!

Oldfangled said...

I like that you used the word "undulate." Nice one.

rita said...

So sorry. Lo siento mucho. Maybe we're feeling lousy so we can sympathize all the more with you. Only wish we could help.
Thanks for posting in spite of it all.
Do not forget the rest of the saying:
Poco a poco SE VA LEJOS.

sara said...

I am so sorry you are experiencing vertigo. I have heard that is not fun at all!!

How long will you be in the states? Will you be anywhere close to me that I might be able to see you?!

Betty said...

I really really wish you well and hope this will pass soon! I´ve never had vertigo, but it does not sound fun. Thinking of you!

Lhoyt said...

Sure hope you are up and ready when the time comes to fly back to the States. We'd surely love to have you visit us in SC.