Today is .. 12 / 12 / 12 ..
Today was a ROLLER COASTER RIDE !
FIRST .. Patti will NOT (see yesterday’s writing) be going back North to Alaska to attend to her situation regarding administration of the estate of her deceased friend.
Patti is cancelling her trip North to Alaska BECAUSE I SPENT THE AFTERNOON IN THE E.R. (Emergency Room) here at the Lafayette, Louisiana, General Hospital / Medical Center and Patti wants to stay with me until ‘things subside’ here with me.
WHAT’S UP WITH ME?
Yesterday I took a late afternoon nap of several hours. I awoke .. I sat up .. and I promptly came close to fainting. So I immediately lay back down for about half-an-hour .. then ‘very very slowly’ I eased my way up into a sitting position on the edge of the bed. I felt slightly better but I still experienced a very ‘woozy’ and ‘disoriented’ feeling. This morning I felt the same .. ‘woozy’ and feeling ‘disoriented’.
Then Patti and I went to a noon meeting .. I felt absolutely no change in my symptoms so following the meeting we checked into the Emergency Room here at the Lafayette General Hospital / Medical Center.
After the ‘in processing’ paper work was completed .. they put an ‘I.V’ into my arm and they drew a blood specimen .. my blood pressure / temperature were taken .. I was hooked up to an ‘oxygen monitor’ .. I had a consultation with an ‘E.R.’ Doctor .. an ‘EKG’ of my heart was taken .. then a chest x-ray .. then a ‘Cat Scan’ of my head (an adventure) .. I was ‘hooked up’ to a heart monitor .. then a lying prone / sitting / standing series of three blood pressure readings were taken .. several staff members attended to me all-the-while.
BOTTOM LINE .. GOOD NEWS .. no stroke symptoms and no heart attack symptoms ..
I had / I am having an ‘attack of’ Benign Positional Vertigo’! Troublesome but not usually serious. Loss of balance .. dizziness .. feeling sick to one’s stomach .. throwing up .. blurred vision ..
HOME CARE .. lie down and rest and eat a balanced diet .. move slowly .. avoid falls .. no sudden body or head movements .. take prescribed medicine .. Meclizine 25mg (Antivert) .. 3 times a day .. be on guard for stroke symptoms and severe headaches developing ..
I feel quite tired so will call-this-a-wrap .. we are staying over again here in Lafayette, Louisiana, so I will know things have stabilized with this vertigo.
AS WE TWO HANG ONTO THE ROLLER COASTER SEATS ..
We send to you all our very best .. Cap and Patti ..