Friday, January 9, 2009

Ultimate Vertigo Test

Just search my blog for the words: dizzy, swirly, vertigo, tilt-a-whirl ~ the posts are numerous! One of my motives for going forward with my decompression was to rid me of vertigo. Since my surgery I have not had one incident ~ knock on wood ~ and yesterday I had the chance to prove my theory.

I drove over to my office and had lunch with my co-workers yesterday. Four days out of five, my co-workers would often choose striped or checked shirts to wear. Mind you that I only work with a handful of people. Anyway, when two or more of them would don the stripes on the same day they loved to mess with me by standing side by side. If I looked at them I would get the serious spins ~ it was just awful to have to talk with someone and look the other way for fear of falling over or throwing up ~ yikes!

So, yesterday, three of my co-workers were wearing stripes or checked pattern shirts. And when they all lined up together the wave of vertigo was no longer there ~ woo hoo! Hooray for the little things that can make life so much more enjoyable. I had yet another milestone yesterday when I tried the Wii Fit step aerobics activity. I did so well I managed to unlock the advanced step exercise. I could almost feel my brain singing as the neurons were firing on all cylinders and working correctly.

More later, I was looking out the kitchen window, admiring how warm and beautiful the sunshine looks, thinking I could maybe go for a walk outside today. Then I checked the forecast and saw that 18 degrees with a cold 25mph wind did not sound so enjoyable ~ drat. So, I am off to the gym to practice my new physical therapy exercises ~ enjoy your weekend ~


Kaleena said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about my husband's chiari malformation. I am glad to see that you are doing well after your surgery. We were hoping that my husband's symptoms would disappear after his decompression. His syrinx is elongated and covers 3/4 of his spine now. We are waiting for them to do another brain surgery to look at the damage the syrinx is causing. He has fainting spells and severe headaches. He never has regained the feeling in his left arm or his fingers. The neuro figures that the nerve damage is going to be permanent but only time will tell. I long for the day that our lives can return to some form of normalcy!Thank you for sharing your experiences on your blog and if you don't mind I will continue to follow your journey. Well wishes! Keep in touch. God bless!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the Wii Step! I think Wii Fit rocks! Just be careful...I pulled my back out a couple of weeks ago doing what seemed like a "harmless" yoga pose. I guess I didn't realize how out of shape I was!!! I have to remember that the last Yoga class I took was probably 15 years ago! Ha! Ha! I've also suprised myself on some running. Never been a runner, but can do the 20-minute free run while watching my shows. Maybe I'll run that 5K yet!?!

Keep up the healing, girlfriend!!!

The Gyrovague said...

You are improving so much, God is so good.

Brain surgery is so scarry, but the experiences you and I have had indicate there are some great docs out there making it a better and better thing every day.

Rebecca said...

Wow!! I am so sorry to hear about all that you have been through! I am a stranger and was googling 'dizzy and lightheaded' and happened accross a post of yours on Wellsphere... I ended up here, needless to say!
I will be sure to add your name to my prayer journal and I will keep myself updated via your blog. I hope and pray that things get better.
I am anxiously awaiting results from my doctor about my lightheadedness, dizzyness, and so forth!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I'm glad to hear that you're doing so well! I've stopped by before, my son has Chiari and was decompressed almost 7 years ago.
Wishing you well!

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean by issues with vertigo! And looking at people with crazy patterns on their clothing! It makes my Chiari go crazy LOL.