Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Over 60 Vertigo ?
Some of us only learn the hard way and that is certainly true of my husband. I've mentioned his dizziness which has occurred periodically every day for the last six weeks. Eventually, he took my advice and paid a visit to the Ear, Nose & Throat guy who checked him out and then asked if he had bumped his head just before he noticed the symptoms. He had indeed: I remember, because he almost knocked himself out and saw the proverbial stars (which should have given us a clue then, as cartoon-fashion, they go round in circles, don't they?) Apparently, such a knock can dislodge particles in one or more of the semi-circular canals of the inner ear; such particles then float about and settle in the wrong place, creating dizziness whenever the person looks up or down or bends suddenly etc. The cure is miraculously simple in theory: the doctor manipulates the patient's head in various ways and in between taps sharply on the bony area behind the affected ear, allowing half a minute for the patient to recover from the dizziness every time. This is followed by a regime of exercises over a few days. My husband did not comply very well with these and in fact, under my strict supervision, felt constantly nauseous, after the first repetitions and refused to do more. In the end, he went back to the doc and after an interrogation, admitted that over the week-end he had climbed a ladder and wielded a hedge-trimming machine in order to trim back our bougainvillea which, beautiful though it is, has a bad habit of setting off our burglar alarm in the middle of the night during our windy months. As this involved him looking up most of the time, he had succeeded in undoing the doctor's good work. So it has been back to square one except that this time he is spared the nausea-inducing exercises and has been told to walk around as if he has a stiff neck and to prop himself up in bed so that on no account can he roll over onto his left side for a week. No easy task. In a similar vein, I have been unable to do any of my urgent sewing as when I plugged in my machine the stitch size was stuck on huge, and the reverse function wouldn't work. I had lent the thing to my daughter, who says that we probably went over a bump on the way home when we fetched it and upset the computer. Very frustrating stuff. So far I am trying to Google a cure. It's a Husqvarna 500 Computer. Anyone any idea?