Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Still Here!

I made it to Boston and back (just barely) in one piece. To avoid a long "woe is me" post, I'll make the bad stuff quick and then share some of the fun stuff.

Bad stuff...Vestibular Neuritis managed but not cured, air travel to Boston and car travel exacerbated the vertigo so I had to rely on my meds to stabilize. Me and the kids got stricken with a vile stomach bug and spent a good portion of the second week of my trip with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Caring for a child with Type I Diabetes during a stomach bug is scary. But I kept him hydrated and out of the ER. I consider this a Nursing Victory! Air travel home, caught a nasty head cold with a secondary ear infection so more dizzy spells.  So here I sit, full of cold hopped up on Chinese herbs, fermented fish liver oil, anti-virals and the prednisone that I was trying to avoid. But desperate times and all that. I have follow up tests and appointments after the Thanksgiving holiday. SO OVER BEING ILL!

Good stuff... My sister and her hubby got to go on their 20th anniversary trip and they had as good a time as possible while trying not to worry about the kids and me sick back home, they brought me back the PERFECT mug. My sister and I managed to cook up a fantastic family feast including a deep fried turkey. My sister and I got gussied up and made it to an old friend's wedding reception, which was almost 20 years to the day on which my sister got married. I got the full Star Wars cosplay show from nephew #1 and got nephew #2 hooked on Doctor Who. Saw an amazing sunset, got to the beach for a few precious moments of fresh sea air and on my last night, dinner with the girls.

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Pink Pirate Princess Mug. Perfect!

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"It's Joey!" That's what we named the turkey fryer. 

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It was a safe and simple process but we still needed a tall, strong person to lower and lift.
Thanks to my bro-in-law!
That turkey was a 20-pounder.

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Declared the best turkey ever by all of us. 
I went ahead and bought the smaller version of the fryer.
 Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Large Capacity, 2013 Model  If you are interested it's on lightening deal for $79 right now!!! 
Rob and I are going to fry a smaller bird on Thanksgiving Day. 

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Full bellies! Love the picture in picture feature on my new phone so we could all be in the photo.

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Ready to leave for the wedding reception!

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  A very special "Then and Now" photo of the four of us. 
Love the huge 90's hair!

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Does the band leader look familiar? That's American Idol season 3 contestant John Stevens. 

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My Little Sith Lord!

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Drawing his very first TARDIS while watching his very first Doctor Who episode.

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The new phone captured this color so perfectly. It really was that color, no filters needed.

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Good old Revere Beach.

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One last get together. My appetite finally came back after the stomach bug, 
I had the coconut shrimp and they were so good!

So there you have it. I'm going to spend the next week resting up and enjoying some fried turkey. It's been a rough month but I'm looking forward to a fun and healthy December.  Thanks for all the good thoughts and  I want to wish you all a very safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Vestibular Neuritis

It's been quite a week, but there is light at the end of the (ear) tunnel. After a consultation with an Otolaryngologist (a doctor who specializes in disorders of the head and neck,) I have been diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis.

"Vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis are disorders resulting from an infection that inflames the inner ear or the nerves connecting the inner ear to the brain. This inflammation disrupts the transmission of sensory information from the ear to the brain. Vertigo, dizziness, and difficulties with balance, vision, or hearing may result." Courtesy of Vestibular.Org

Dr. Kauffman put me on a course of anti-viral medication and also prescribed a course of Prednisone, which I declined, and gave me some crazy head exercises that are supposed to help the inner ear and brain to start working together again to bring equilibrium.  They are working!  I'm not there yet, but I'm miles from where I was when I was curled up in a vomiting heap in the emergency room on Wednesday. I can even walk around unassisted and stopped taking the anti-nausea and anti-vertigo medications.  

Interesting to note, other than the virus, I am in perfect health. All my vital signs and blood work are textbook and my hearing is perfect. They did an audiology test to rule out other diseases. Not exactly the best way to go about getting an otherwise clean bill of health, but I'm looking at it as a good thing.

I want to thank all of you for your well wishes, it means so much. I also want to thank my husband for looking after me and walking me to the bathroom in the middle of the night and of course, Nurse Tally. She never left my side during the worst of it. This little experience with debility is nothing compared to what so many people go through in a daily basis. It gives me new perspective and a renewed gratitude for my health and the health of my nearest and dearest.

I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to make my flight on Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I wish you all the happiest and healthiest of weekends and will see you when I return.