Sunday, September 21, 2008

An Inconvenient Illness*

About four or five years ago, I suddenly started getting really dizzy all the time. My co-worker told me the only time she got dizzy like that was when she was pregnant. So I thought I was (it was too early to test). But as the dizziness continued over a week, and no other symptoms appeared, I became suspicious. I went to the doctor and discovered I had an inner ear infection that was wrecking havoc with my sense of balance. He prescribed a high-powered motion-sickness medicine to suppress the dizziness until my body could fight the infection on its own. I had to take a couple days off work (boo-hoo) and then I was fine.

Thursday morning I was getting the kids ready to go to the local children's museum. Suddenly I got really dizzy and really nauseous. So much so that I laid down on the couch and couldn't get up without feeling like I was going to pass out. I recognized the feelings - it was a more sudden and intense version of that ear infection. I called my husband and he said he would come home. Of course I had made the mistake of telling Miss E where we were going, so when I let her know that I was sick and we would not be going to the children's museum, she freaked out. Ace was already strapped into his carseat and after a few minutes started to fuss. I crawled slowly down the hallway to drag him into the living room. I was worried that if I stood up and carried him, I would fall and hurt him. I was only able to drag him halfway down the hallway before I had to lay my head flat down on the ground. That's where Dh found us when he got home. He carried me into bed and took over the kids.

It was so weird. Other than the extreme dizziness and nausea, I felt fine. No ear pain, no congestion. But I couldn't even elevate my head on two pillows without the room spinning. After a bit I developed a major headache. Thursday was pretty bad for me. Dh took the kids to a nearby nursery and they perused the plants. The doctor's office said the high-powered motion sickness medicine was out since I was nursing, so pretty much all I could do was sip high-fructose juice and move slowly. Um, thanks.

Friday I was a bit better, but still couldn't be upright for more than three minutes. I had to lay around. Which sounds like it should have been totally fun, right? And it kind of was. I mean, I finished one book and started another. But as the day wore on, when I asked my darling husband for something (food, ibuprofen), this was his response: "You gotta be kidding me!" accompanied by a loud sigh. Ooh-wee is my husband not designed to stay at home with two kids. He was so grouchy by the end of the day, he couldn't even be civil. Frankly, I was trying not to laugh. Like it's impossible to take care of two kids? Apparently yes, I must be amazing. Dh has a hard time even temporarily putting himself at the bottom of his own list. And it's not like he did much cleaning. He only loaded the dishwasher because literally every cup was dirty.

I was reminded yet again of why I stay at home with the kids and Dh goes out and earns the money.

Saturday Dh had to go in to work for several hours because a big project that he was in charge of was taking place. Miss E played at EdgyK's and I laid on the bed. Luckily Ace takes long naps. I made it to five minutes upright on Saturday!

Today there is major improvement. I have to move slowly, and not sling my eyes around too quickly. Also bending down is a bad idea. But I sat up through dinner and I am sitting up typing this entry. But, um, I think I need to go lay back down now. So here's some cuteness for you:

*Yeah, I realized after I typed that all illnesses are inconvenient. "Oh, this illness came at the perfect time! How lovely!"


Amanda said...

OMG, I hope you feel better soon. That sounds awful!

I loooove the pics. So sweet and adorable.

Two Little Bubs said...

Oh, you poor thing.

I have experienced something similar recently and got a diagnosis... so I am going to email you to tell you about it.

I really feel for you, with two little kids to look after and a well meaning, but... um, manly husband (ie. not so good at 'playing mum'). My husband is the same!

Hope you feel better soon


Cassie said...

Oh my gosh! That's terrible. Dizziness can be so scary. I'm glad you're starting to feel better, and I hope you are feeling 100% very soon!

The pictures are totally adorable. Ace looks almost as big as Miss E!!

Sugar and Ice said...

So, is it just dizziness or is it more like vertigo? That is scary since you never really know when it's coming. Did they tell you if it's another inner ear infection?

Katie said...

I'll have the ear doctor read this and have him tell me what he thinks.

Missy Marshmallow said...

Dizziness is the worst feeling ever. Glad you are getting better.

Dooneybug said...

So sorry you are sick! I hope you get better really soon. Sounds awful!

Men are so hopeless sometimes. Honestly, my husband thinks he would make a good SAHD but if I leave him for two hours to run errands and do grocery shopping he is so freaking moody and such a jerk by the time I get home. Then he acts like I just had a vacation and should immediately overtake childcare duties even though groceries have to be brought in and put away. Yeah, like errands and grocery shopping are SOOOO much fun. The worst part is he won't even admit to how hard it is and say I must be amazing to handle it day after day. Wow, sorry about that. Guess I felt the need to relate with you today! Haha! Actually, it's probably b/c hubby was home this morning with them while I did the above and it was just like that. :)

Christy said...

Oh no! I hope you are feeling better soon.

My husband is crabby when he has to take care of the kids too.

AM said...

Oh No!I have a bad cold right now and although I feel like doing NOTHING, at least I know if I have to, I can. I am so sorry for you! Is there a greater cause of this ear situation? Can something more be done?

Neil and Meredith Larson said...

being sick when you have little kids = death! Hope you feel better

Holly said...

Are you all better now? That would be really scary!