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Saturday, February 06, 2021

So this morning I woke up earlier than usual, and got out of bed. It was still dark, and I didn't turn the light on. I do know the way from the bed to the door. I hadn't taken more than a few steps when something happened to me. I don't remember exactly how it happened, only that I suddenly lost my balance and realized that I was about to fall. Somehow I wasn't able to regain my balance, or stop myself from falling. I fell pretty hard, and landed on the floor. I had scratched my arm and leg in the process.

I sat there on the floor, confused and hurting, and realized that the room was swimming around me. Then I knew that something was seriously wrong with me. I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to get up and walk. I was terrified. I called my dd, who didn't reply. Since the door to my room was closed, that wasn't surprising, but I was afraid I would need her help to get up.

After a few moments, I did drag myself up, and, holding on to furniture as I went, I made it out of the room and into the hallway. Then I called her again. She said she had heard the thud as I fell, but didn't think it was anything serious. I thought I had better go back to bed. Of course I couldn't go back to sleep for worrying - about getting to work, about whether I was going to be able to work, about whether I would be able to drive, etc., etc. I texted my ds, who called me, and asked if he needed to take off work to take me to the doctor or ER. I said not at the moment.

I of course called my doctor's office right away - no appointments available today at all (no surprise there; there never are). There was one available Monday, which I took. Then, thinking of course of cancer, which I am at super high risk for, I decided I should probably get the whole-body MRI I got a referral for last August. So I made some other phone calls about that.

After about an hour, the room was no longer swimming around when I opened my eyes, so I got up and got dressed. Ds told me viral illnesses can cause vertigo, and asked if I had any other symptoms. I didn't. Another possibility is a stroke. Lovely - I hope it's not that. Unlike cancer, I am at very low risk for a stroke, however.

The rest of the day was just ordinary. I went to work, worked, did some errands, came home, changed clothes, picked up my daughter, and took her to a pot luck evening with some friends. I feel just fine now. But something certainly went wrong this morning. I will see what the doctor says on Monday, and hope it's not anything serious. And the MRI scheduler is going to call me to give me a date for the MRI.

It was so frightening to think of not being able to walk, work, drive, function. And I realized that, if something incapacitating does happen to me, now or later, it will all fall on ds to help and take care of me, because dd doesn't drive. Those are not pleasant thoughts. I don't want to do that to him - or to her, for that matter.
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    Yikes! I'm glad you are okay and I hope the doctor can give you some answers. I've had vertigo a time or two and it's super scary. Thinking of you. Keep us posted! emoticon
    70 days ago
    That is frightening! I hope you feel better and there are no ill affects.
    70 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Glad you were better and that you were able to function all the rest of the day. Hopefully it just was a case of vertigo and it clears up on it's own. Take care and let us know ok? I'm glad you got an appointment at the doctor's office.
    70 days ago
    Prayers. I know this sounds silly, but I had a serious problem in September caused by dehydration. Make sure you are drinking enough water.
    70 days ago
    Oh no, that is indeed scary. Smart to get it checked out.
    However, on the positive side, there are simpler reasons for what you experienced - inner ear problem/infection, even sinuses problems can cause vertigo.
    Hoping to hear good news from you soon. emoticon
    71 days ago
  • no profile photo GOODJOURNEY
    This is not a bad time to review your durable power of attorney for healthcare, durable power of attorney for financial, HIPAA, and advance directive. Thank God my mom had her paperwork in place when she had a stroke. It helped!
    71 days ago
  • LOF7203
    71 days ago
    Are there alternatives? I would plan ahead by studying other living situations. By planning ahead, you get to decide what YOU want should you become incapacitated. There are senior living facilities that offer roomy apartments dedicated for independent living and other units for those who need assistance and even a third option for those who need full time skilled nursing...all in the same facility. I would look for a non-profit continuous care retirement home located near my present home. These facilities often offer free medical appointment transportation, daily meals, housekeeping and a community of others in your same situation in life. The buildings are secure. Many of these places have waiting lists of people wanting to reside there. The waiting list of the facility near me is about a year to 18 months.

    If I were to learn that I had a stroke (a non-crippling one), I would make an appointment the next day to learn more about my option, see a few apartments, pay my $500 to get on the waiting list even though I would lose it if I changed my mind and would start reducing my inventory here at home to prepare to sell the home and move into the facility. Even in the absence of a stroke or other medical emergency, I would want to make my move before I am 75 years of age...for myself and for my children’s peace of mind. So, my current plan is to get on the waiting list when I turn 73...4 and 1/2 years from now. Anyway, it will be a blessing to all if I get to carry out my plans...many people get their best laid plans cut short. We really have no promise of tomorrow. Good luck to you and yours as you plan ahead for yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    71 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2021 3:46:22 AM
  • JIBBIE49
    I think I would have gone to the ER. Glad u r better.
    71 days ago
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