Last week, I had a cold. Nothing extraordinary about that. Fuzzy head, sneezing, runny nose, all the usual stuff. Took a few tablets, stayed wrapped up, and it started to get better.
On Friday night, I felt a little whacked out, so decided to have a lie down on the sofa. Suddenly, the room was spinning. Not just the usual feeling of the ceiling whizzing around, like you get when you are drunk; this was a complete funfair experience, with the room turning on itself, and me feeling that the end had come. It was like a combination of an acid trip, and the upside-down sets in ‘The Poseidon Adventure.’ I jumped up, and was sure that I would fall flat on my face. After a while, I retreated into bed, worried about this strange episode.
The next day, I felt a little shaky, and put it down to the after effects of the cold. I went off to have a nice relaxing bath. As soon as I laid back in the water, the same thing happened. I clutched at the sides of the bath, and knocked everything off the shelves in my panic. It felt as if the bath was on the ceiling, and I was going to fall out of it, down to the floor. It took a while for this to stabilise, and I eventually managed to get out, get dressed, and head off for a walk with Ollie. Over at The Meadows, I bent down to stroke a small dog, and felt myself falling forward. But I wasn’t falling at all, it just seemed like it. This condition has a name. Vertigo.
Back home, I did some research. Crystals forming in the inner ear can affect balance. Blocked sinuses and other internal pathways can also do the same. Even the tiny hairs, unseen within the ear canals, can seriously affect balance if they are disrupted, or the silicone beads on them drop off inside the ears. That’s a lot to go wrong, in a very small space. With this comes a constant feeling of nausea, as if you want to be sick all the time, but there is nothing there. Strangely, it didn’t affect my appetite that much, but I certainly couldn’t face a traditional big dinner on Sunday.
In fact, I have spent most of the weekend in bed, trying desperately not to lie on my back, as that makes it significantly worse. I found it hard to concentrate too, hence my lack of appearance on the blogs during the last few days. I had no enthusiasm for watching TV or films, and we even cancelled a trip to a restaurant that we had been looking forward to. Today, I have made a rare appointment to see a doctor, as I have to be sure that it is not something more sinister, naturally. I will let you know what happens.
In the meantime, I am left to marvel at the complexity of human physiology. How tiny things can wreak such havoc, and how unseen, almost unknown parts of our bodies are so important to everyday existence.
My conclusion, is that we are over-engineered. Someone needs to start again, with less parts.