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NHBPM – Some Advice If You Or A Loved One Lives With Dizziness

Welcome. This post is part of the WEGO Health National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) challenge for November, 2012.

You or a loved one has been diagnosed with dizziness. Here’s some things that I have learned along the way.

DIZZINESS IS NOT ONLY VERTIGO! This was missed by most of my doctors as I have disequilibrium/off-balance issues. I could count on one hand the times I had vertigo and a couple of them involved having bad head colds. Emedicinehealth.com has a list of symptoms of dizziness. Depending on the cause of the dizziness, some symptoms include:

Breathe. I know it’s a cliché but it can be one of the best things you do. Stop and breathe when things become overwhelming.

Go through the stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. And don’t think that when you have dealt with each stage that you are done. I still deal with anger and depression.

Getting the common cold or having allergies will sometimes drain you of whatever energy you may have. And, because the ears, nose and throat (just like the specialist you see) are all connected, dizziness could become worse.

Use the internet to find others with chronic illness, both those who have dizziness and those who have other chronic illnesses. You will learn from many.

Share what you know, what you’re looking for and how you feel. There are others with knowledge and experiences that can share and help you and one day you may be the person who is helping someone newly diagnosed.

REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! You will find this out very quickly and it will bring you comfort realizing that others know how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally.

Get out of the house, even if you are only out for a few minutes. You may not be able to do it every day but getting some fresh air and maybe going for a walk for a few minutes close to your house can help in so many ways, not just physically.

Do strength training exercises. The stronger the muscles, the more endurance and stamina you can try to build and the farther you could walk.

See a physical therapist if your doctor thinks it could help you.

Find a support group in your city. Many cities have groups for people with Meniere’s Disease.

Wear easy to clean, comfortable clothes and walking shoes with good ankle support. When you have to go out but feel miserable, you don’t want to aggravate the situation by wearing uncomfortable clothing, clothing with buttons and shoes that make you unsteady. Most of my clothes is summer wear – shorts, skirts, tank tops and walking shoes with ankle support. This helps on days when you feel like hell, are hot, have thrown up before getting to the bathroom or getting your barf bucket and you want to get the clothes off you as quickly as possible.

Keep informed and your mind active. If you have to stop working, you miss everything from the gentle banter to philosophical debates. Read newspapers and magazines, watch videos such as TED and Big Think. Play games on the computer, do crossword puzzles. Keep engaged.

That being said, there will be times that you will have brain fog. Find ways to help yourself such as such as keeping things in their proper place, writing things down, using apps. Whatever you find works for you.

Eat low-sodium, balanced meals. Our bodies need sodium but having too much of it can cause problems for those with dizziness. The sodium retains water in the body and possibly increases inner ear pressure. And eating a well-balanced meal is a given but when you don’t feel well or don’t have the money to always buy healthier foods, it can be hard. But, there are many sites that offer tips on how to eat better on a budget and recipes for easy to prepare meals.

The most important advice needs to be repeated and that is YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

My Week So Far

(Image via freestockphotos.biz)

Spring pollen arrives

dances with winds tickles noses

 breathe in breathe out sneeze

♦♦♦

Ears do their own dance

their actions  sends me to bed

calm down calm down please

Sorry I haven’t been around much. The early warm weather is making everything bud now. It’s awesome and beautiful except for the effect it is having on my sinuses and ears. I’m reading but I have spring-induced brain fog right now.

But, it’s so wonderful to watch the growing sea of colours.

(A couple of early blooming tulips in the front yard)

HAWMC: What Did I Pin?

Today’s prompt asks us to create a Pinterest board for our health focus and to pin three things.  As my illness affects me differently each day, so does what I think about.  This is what I’m thinking about right now.

(Image by Martin Kucera via floridalightning.com)

This image by Martin Kucera at http://www.floridalightning.com reminds me what I am like with brain fog. I can only see what is close to me and, even then, fog has enveloped it. I quickly lose interest in things because it’s hard to think and concentrate.

(Image by me using http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/)

Even though our chronic illnesses can take over our lives, we must keep living. There will be some bad days and some really bad days. But, we must be aware of, enjoy and appreciate the good things that happen to us and around us, no matter how big or small.

Photo by me from the post of  my first attempt at loom knitting

Keep learning!!! This year I am going to learn how to do a few different things to keep the hands and mind active. So far I’ve tried haiku and loom knitting. That’s supposed to be a preemie hat. Don’t judge, it was my first attempt. Last week I received my supplies to do jewelry making with resin clay (a.k.a. apoxie clay) and I will get back to drawing.

NHBPM – 3 Things I Love About Me

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Today’s is the last day of the NHBPM challenge. Our last prompt reminds us that we are awesome and to write three things we love about ourselves, are great at or just want to share.

Number One

I’ve kept my sense of humour. Having an invisible chronic illness can certainly take away a lot of the fun we used to have but I’ve managed to hang on to my humour. It’s has grown a little darker and a bit more twisted (in a good way) but when you are dealing with a chronic illness, a sense of humour is a lifesaver.

Number Two

I keep my mind going even though I have brain fog sometimes. Brain fog – another gift courtesy of your chronic illness, menopause and getting older. I have a variety of websites bookmarked that I check out on a regular basis. I don’t read all the articles but if something catches my eye, it’s usually a good read and makes me think and become more informed.

Number Three

I did it! I did the NHBPM Challenge. Even though I didn’t do each prompt I was able to post for all 30 days. It still amazes me that people make a living at writing every day, have so much to say and can come up with new things to write and discuss. I am in awe.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

Little Ways We Can Help

I’m bored.  I wanted to do a post about different Christmas traditions, different Santas, just different Christmas things.

I also have a bit of brain fog.  It easier to be bored when you have brain fog.  I tried listening to Christmas songs on YouTube but ended up switching to Amanda Palmer.

I wasn’t getting into the Christmas spirit so I just decided to post random stuff.

Still not working.

So, fog clears for a few seconds and I have a thought.  Why not talk about some sites that I go to each day.

I chose these because helping others has to start somewhere.  It only takes a few minutes to help, you may learn a thing or two and it’s FREE!  All you have to do is click.

The first site is Freerice.com.

FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme.   You answer various multiple choice questions from a choice of six subjects (English, Geography, Chemistry, Art, Math, Language Learning).  Each correct answer means 10 grains of rice is donated.  You can do this on your own or as part of a group through school, work or with your friends.   This is from their About page:

FreeRice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.

The next two sites involve our love of our dogs and cats.

It’s safe to say that most people have had a pet.  For a lot of us our pets become part of the family and it hurts our hearts knowing that there are animals who go hungry.  There are two sites  where you can help.  Again, you answer a multiple choice question.  Each day you answer a question, it doesn’t matter whether you are right or wrong, you donate 10 pieces of kibble to animal shelters.

For our feline family members there is Freekibblekat.com.

Dog’s best friends can go to Freekibble.com.

There is one group of sites where all it takes is one click and that is The Greater Good Network.    I have my bookmark set to The Animal Rescue Site and I don’t have to do anything but click.

And from the Greater Good web page:

The GreaterGood Network of websites offer the public a unique opportunity to support causes they care about at no cost to them.

Each person’s daily click on the Click To Give sites displays sponsor advertising. One hundred percent (100%) of sponsor advertising is paid as a royalty to charity through the non-profit, tax-exempt GreaterGood.org.

Supporters can also contribute directly to charity by purchasing Gifts that Give More™, where one hundred percent (100%) of their donation is given to charity, or by purchasing one of the 4500+ products that we carry, including jewelry, apparel, and gifts. There is a charity royalty of from 5-30% paid on every item purchased from any of the GreaterGood Network’s online stores.

 

These are the sites that I visit each morning.  It only takes a few minutes of my time and it’s a great way to start my day.