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Old 12-27-2016, 06:05 AM   #1
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Boat Like Its Your Last Time

Went to The Loop for lunch Christmas Eve with the whole family, before taking the annual photo by a family remembrance tree and then mass.

We had just finished when I started to get really dizzy and nauseous. Couldn't stay upright, ended up collapsed across a seat, lost all sense of balance, strength in my arms and legs and couldn't talk properly, throwing up. Ambulance called, hooked up and taken into ER. Spent the afternoon doing blood tests, CAT scans, EKG, neck sonogram, etc. etc.

Every time I moved lost my balance and got nauseous.They kept me in overnight.

They couldn't find anything seriously wrong, no heart issues, food poisoning, blockages. In fact everything came back healthy. They have pumped me full of nausea and vertigo meds and I got home Christmas Day around noon. They think it is an ear issue. Still cannot move or look anywhere other than straight ahead or I lose balance and get really dizzy. So off to the ENT as soon as I can get in this week.

It may be BBPV - which of course I had to look up. If so, I hope it is resolvable.

It was pretty scary for a while. The missus and I were talking about it when the kids were out of the room. she said the worst part was when they took me down for a CAT scan to make sure it was not an aneurysm. After they wheeled me out of the room the doctor told my wife "if it is an aneurysm things are going to move very quickly as we do not have a neurosurgeon on right now, so we will have to rush him to Baptist or Mayo. That got her wound up until they had finished the scan and it was negative.

Now we need to confirm and resolve the ear/vertigo issue as this could really cramp my upcoming retirement travel and boating plans. Luckily we bought a little three wheeler walker for my dad when he was last here so I can get from room to room with some support.

And three days from retirement too. As I keep saying when people ask me what my retirement plans are and I tell them, I always end off with "God and health wiling."

Happy New Year everyone.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:22 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=menzies;507654]Went to The Loop for lunch Christmas Eve with the whole family, before taking the annual photo by a family remembrance tree and then mass.

I wish you all the best and the ups to gain better health and be able to enjoy the future of cruising. try to think of everything good and Happy what you have in your life, you get the power and hope for a better. good new years you and your familys
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:36 AM   #3
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Sorry to heat about your undiagnosed health issue.

Saw a bumper sticker 35 years ago while running a group diving trip in Florida. Doubt I'll ever forget it. "Old age is not for sissies".

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Old 12-27-2016, 06:50 AM   #4
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Sorry to heat about your undiagnosed health issue.

Saw a bumper sticker 35 years ago while running a group diving trip in Florida. Doubt I'll ever forget it. "Old age is not for sissies".

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That is something my 84 year old mother in law says regularly!
This is a couple who still uses their Willard 40 by the way and their 8' Dyer dinghy that they row, and I mean only row, everywhere! They have each had their share of medical emergencies and survived.

I hope that this is quickly behind you Menzies and that you are out boating again soon too.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:57 AM   #5
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Sending you good wishes and hope that your issue is resolved quickly and you can get back to enjoying your retirement.

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Old 12-27-2016, 06:58 AM   #6
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This surely was very scary for you and those you love.

I am glad all the major tests came back good. If it is vertigo, it takes a while to go away, but may return. There are just some things that cannot be explained or even diagnosed. Maybe a sudden temporary drop in blood pressure. See that Doc this week!

Wishing you well and good health in the new year.
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Bet you guys didn't know what Otolaryngology is and that it is the oldest medical specialty in the US?
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Old 12-27-2016, 07:32 AM   #10
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Sorry to hear and hope you recover soon.
I've had vertigo and it can be somewhat life changing. I've also found great relief by being treating by a Chiropractor specializing in the Blair Technique. It's worth looking into if you have any more episodes.
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Hope you feel better soon. The vertigo, inner issues will often improve over time.
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Hope everything turns out well.

Something I read years ago helped me decide when to quit.

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"Bet you guys didn't know what Otolaryngology is and that it is the oldest medical specialty in the US?"

I can't pronounce it much less know what it is. if I have a choice, I prefer one syllable health issues; cold, flu, runs etc. But we usually don't get a choice.
Best of luck, vertigo can come and go, my dad experiences that, drove him off the golf course.
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Gave up flying because of vertigo. Little scary when you're 500' above ground. Makes seasickness look like a mild cold. It passed. I now get bounced all over the place on a rough trip and no problems. First aid kit is packed with meclazine just in case.
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Thanks for letting us in on your trauma.
You have a great outlook so I have no doubt we will soon hear from you with the news that your condition was only temporary. Nevertheless, I am also sure your boating will be "like it might be your last time" from now on.
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And three days from retirement too. As I keep saying when people ask me what my retirement plans are and I tell them, I always end off with "God and health wiling.".

Man plans while God laughs...

I'm not though. We are praying a positive diagnosis from your dr, a speedy recovery for you and a peaceful spirit for your wife and children during this chapter of your life.

Be well Menzies
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Hey Menzies, vertigo grounded me too for a time, the solution is simple, the oto-guy or a physio will throw you around on a couch to reposition the leeetle tiny crystals (that are floating in your inner ear) back into the position they are supposed to be in. Works a charm for most of us sufferers. You will find that while boating you will always need to wear your pfd and make sure you have a good handhold but life is not over! Lots of other groovy things to drop a rock in your pond like gout, arthritis, blood pressure, bad joints etc. Vertigo is frightening but controllable and you have many years of bobbing in front of you yet!

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