Lyndon Thomas Insurance October 2017

LYN’S LEDGER

Lyndon Thomas Insurance

Oct 2017

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A Dizzying Experience

NOT YOUR AVERAGE SATURDAY

I ’ve been blessed with good health for my entire adult life. Aside from bad knees and the occasional flu bug, I’ve never had a major medical issue. Recently, however, I had an experience which offered me a small window into what some of my clients have to live with on a daily basis. It gave me a greater appreciation of how hard life can be when you have a persistent medical condition. It was a Saturday afternoon like any other. After attending a local high school graduation and changing a tire on the van, I went back home after lunch and sat in my recliner to relax for a little bit. When I stood up, I felt a little light-headed and woozy. I figured I could maybe walk it off, so I went to run a few errands downtown. Walking around downtown over the next 30 minutes, I began to feel increasingly dizzy. It got so bad that as I approached intersections, I made sure to watch my feet and take slow, deliberate steps so I wouldn’t end up falling down in the road. My final stop was at the market just a block from my house. As I left, I was in such bad shape that I had to essentially ride the shopping cart home. There was no way I could’ve walked unaided, so I hung on for dear life and let the cart do most of the work. The second I got home, it was back to the recliner, where I sat spinning for the next four hours. During this time, my wife was frantically Googling symptoms. I had all the telltale signs of a heart attack, just minus chest and arm pain, so we felt secure that, at the very least, something else was going on. Once I was feeling well enough to move, there was no doubt where my next destination would be. We were headed to the ER.

After Dr. Nelson ran some tests to make sure we knew what it wasn’t, our suspicions were confirmed. I had suffered a brief but severe bout of vertigo. Dr. Nelson told us that this happens when the crystals in your inner ear migrate to a part of the ear where they don’t belong, throwing off your equilibrium and making even basic movements difficult. He told us that it might happen again, or it might’ve been a one-time occurrence. With this type of vertigo, there’s really no way of knowing. By the time we returned from the hospital, I felt fairly normal again — aside from the fact that it was 1:00 a.m., way past my normal bedtime. Fortunately, I haven’t had a recurrence of vertigo since, but it will probably be a while before that day isn’t lingering in the back of my mind. I do know, however, that if I ever start feeling that way again while out of the house, I’ll be looking for a shopping cart to ride home again! It was an alarming experience and unpleasant in the extreme, but ultimately it reinforced just how fortunate I have been in terms of health. Many of you have to deal with much more serious medical issues every day, and while I cannot say I know what that must be like, that Saturday afternoon on spin cycle gave me a window into a world that I hadn’t previously experienced. Four hours of severe vertigo helped me develop a greater empathy for folks dealing with an illness. Here’s hoping that the only “Vertigo” in my future involves Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak!

– Lyn Thomas

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