So, my training has been halted for the past week. I haven’t really posted much on social media because I hoped this was a quick something, like a stomach bug.
As I described my symptoms to my mom during a semi-frantic phone call, she stopped me and said I may have vertigo. She has had it, as has my father’s mother. I later confirmed that yeah, it’s vertigo.
Vertigo can best be described as a perpetual hangover or walking on a moving boat while on dry land. Every time I walk, bend down to get something, or move my head, I feel like I’m going to throw up. Some times the floor is moving underneath my feet.
I even have had a hard time reading and writing, as the words look like they’re moving. This is my part of my job, reading and writing emails. So, I stopped most unnecessary computer usage.
I am going to a doctor to find the underlying cause of my vertigo. So far, I know my allergy medication isn’t the cause. I also know hydration and the quality of my sleep affects it. Alcohol consumption also affects my vertigo.
So, for now, I’m just taking it easy and trying to let my body to what it needs to do to recover.
I have been documenting what I have been able to do — short walks with the dogs, gardening with frequent breaks, sitting and listening to my kids, laughing more. I have always through of social media as a way to share my adventures, not necessarily me. Definitely not me pausing as I adjust to a spinning kitchen mid-walk to the food pantry.
But as my vertigo has continued for almost a full week, I thought I should at least give you an update.
Vertigo has forced me to slow down and do what I need to do to be happy. I’m working on reading “Living with a SEAL” by Jesse Itzler and “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist. I can read on a page a lot better than I can on an electronic device for some reason.
Several years ago, Shauna was in a situation similar to mine. The book details how she choose to be present in her life. I can’t wait to see how it goes.
I’ve been a fan of Jesse’s since I found the #WedoHardstuff Facebook group. He’s funny and thought-provoking. In the book, I’m reading, he and his family live with a Navy SEAL for 30 days. Jesse shares the nuggets of wisdom he learned along their journey.
Jesse’s newest book, “Living With The Monks,” just came out so I am eagerly awaiting its arrival.
I’ve been wanting to sit and read, but this isn’t how I planned it. I am supposed to do 13.1 miles next week as part of the Skirt Sports 13er, which is also the weekend before my birthday. That may be on hold, canceled or modified. I just don’t know right now.
I’m freaking out a little bit also grateful that my kids and husband are at the point age-wise where I can rest and do what I need to do to rest and take things slowly.
I have some blog posts in the works. They will be up later this week.