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06:42 am: viral labyrinthitis (in which I reflect upon my own state, sorry g'rents)
This doesn't have much to do with Teddy, except insofar as my wellness affects my parenting ability. I'll return to your regularly-scheduled Teddy program next time, 'k?

So, yeah. I'd been experiencing vertigo for about a week. I thought it was my new glasses or my new foot spray or my period or somethin'. The first couple of days were pretty brutal, then it seemed to be getting better, then it kept not getting better, then my boss said "hie thee to a doctor!" (or something like that), and so I did.

After lots and lots of testing, including a comprehensive hearing test (100% HA! It's not that I can't hear, it's that I'm not listening!), the ENT tells me I have viral labyrinthitis. There's apparently something going around (more on that later).

:shrug:

So he gave me a couple of prescriptions to help with the symptoms: meclizine (for dizziness) in the day and clonazepam (an anti-convulsant that's also used to help with panic attacks) at night. Both can cause drowziness, so I haven't tried the meclizine yet (big meetings today). I took the clonazepam last night and it was... weird. It took longer than I expected to take effect, but I slept soundly once it did. Only woke up for the loo once, which is unusual. Didn't get the spins when I turned over in bed, which was very nice.

Mostly, it kinda took the edge off. I wouldn't say I've been having panic attacks, but I have had little, er... episodes? Moments of anxiety, I suppose. Fairly fleeting, mostly. I get a little pang somewhere and need to do some deep breathing to convince myself it's not a heart attack, stroke, brain tumor, etc.

Since I have a tendency toward Teh Melodrama anyway, I dunno if this is specific to the labyrinthitis or just a touch of hypochondria.

In any case, the whole thing is very, very different from the last time I had labyrinthitis (~25 years ago). That was a really bad case that involved a great deal of screaming and extreme panic. Chlorpheniramine took care of the major symptoms, and time handled the rest, though I still have the severe motion sickness that kicked in afterward.

Weird, though.

The interwebs tell me labyrinthitis is not contagious, but the virus from which I got it is. So apparently I'm not contagious any more. My guess is that whatever gave Teddy croup gave me labyrinthitis (research tells me this is quite likely, though no one seems to know why the symptoms manifest so differently in different people).

Oh well.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: sickdizzy

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From:swingchickie
Date:November 20th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
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ugh! i wondered if that was the culprit. i got that a couple of years ago, and my dr. didn't give it a name but said "it's going around, there's a virus giving everyone the spins". not pleasant at all. hope the meds continue to help!
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From:katehaney
Date:November 20th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)

yep, pretty wretched

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Night meds helped; day meds don't seem to do much. I'll try again tomorrow. Thanks!!
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