Things Mel Discovered This Week

(This post is part of a series documenting my return to NSW to see a consultant neurologist about debilitating migraines that may be related to a non-cancerous brain tumor; both of which were diagnosed in WA 12 months previously).

Things Mel discovered this week:

Sitting down
(I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning)
Closing my eyes while sitting down
(like a whirlpool, it never ends)*
Opening my eyes while sitting down
(Wham – migraine)
Standing up
(Vertigo is not just the name of a Hitchcock movie)
Bending over
(how to pass out without alcohol)

Sleeping
(the knock-me-out drugs are out of my system)
Sleeping in a single bed
(I forgot how many bits of me could hurt at once)
Sleeping in a single bed with my ample body
(there is very little room)
Sleeping in a single bed bed with my ample body and a determined geriatric cat
(did I mention the lack of room – or is this related to the sore body parts)
Sleeping in a single bed with my ample body and a determined geriatric cat and a determined elderly cat discussing dominance issues
(perhaps sleeping is the wrong word)
Sleeping in a single bed with my ample body and a determined geriatric cat and a determined elderly cat discussing dominance issues on my body
(oh fer crying out loud!) **

Are there too many ads on daytime TV?
(don’t bother answering that)
Are there too many insurance ads on daytime TV?
(and why are the same ones played incessantly at strange times of the day)
Are there too many types of insurance ads on day time TV?
(and do they all need to use scare tactics to sell their product)
Is it healthy for me as an ill person, temporarily home bound, to see an ad for funeral plans every five minutes?
(my DVD collection arrives in 4 days!!!!)***

All however is not lost. I only spent one day reduced to relying on daytime-TV for pain/disorientation distraction. Yesterday mum and I went for a walk and bought some plants for the garden. I was quite worn out by the trip, but it was an improvement.  I was even gracious enough to encourage mum to buy the marigolds she was favouring instead of the carnivorous plants I was lusting after.

For an hour today I could not only follow a conversation, I could add meaningful suggestions and help make plans before the fog of pain and disorientation descended.

Its going to be a long journey, but it seems that we’re heading in the right direction and that the encouraging bit.

*apologies to Vic Reeves
**  at this point I should mention that Abby, being the sensible young cat she is, avoids all of this, by sleeping on mum’s Queen-sized (heated) water-bed each night, stretched out in luxury!
*** for those who comment about why I have the TV on in the first place, for the above mentioned vertigo/dizziness I cannot read for long periods of time and for noise-related issues I cannot listen to audio books or music – hopefully all of this will soon change

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6 Responses to Things Mel Discovered This Week

  1. I hope the appointment went well and they can help.
    All of this sounds so similar to the life I’ve been living since 1996.
    I HATE that you are now going through this. It pisses me off hugely.
    Big big hugs…..Cxx

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