What a difference one day can make. Tuesday I baked six loaves of bread, three dozen pumpkin cookies, made taco chili and cornbread for supper, finished a jigsaw puzzle, and watched a very silly movie. Wednesday morning I woke up at 5:23 a.m., leaned up on my elbow to look at the clock, flopped back on my pillow, and suddenly the world was spinning. Every move was horrible, and I felt very nauseated from the spinning. I crawled to the bathroom and crept back to bed. My husband wasn't even home; he had gone to a neighboring town for an overnight sleep study. I was terribly thirsty, but there was nothing I could do about it but wait for him to get home, which he did in about 2 1/2 hours.
My husband has not always been helpful in the past when I have been unwell, but he really pulled himself together and helped me a great deal this time. He brought me water, and toast, and helped me to and from the bathroom as needed. When the nausea got the better of me and I threw up, he carried the pan away. (At least I'd had the presence of mind to bring the pan and a towel back with me from that first trip to the bathroom!) He made peppermint tea, and jello, and brought me yogurt when I finally felt like I could eat, later in the day. There was gradual improvement, and by evening I finally made it all the way out to the kitchen and got myself some jello to eat.
A friend sent me a link to a video showing a way to treat vertigo at home. With my husband's help, I did try this maneuver a few times. It was difficult to decide which ear might be at fault (if, indeed, it was an ear problem) so I took turns doing it both ways. I have no idea whether it helped, but I did eventually feel better as the day wore on.
I didn't sleep too soundly last night, but, after all, I had been lying in bed dozing all day. Still, I felt much better this morning, and the spinning sensation was nearly gone. I spent a great deal of time watching a series on Prime, and took a nap, and decided I felt well enough to go to the grocery store late in the afternoon.
I am very grateful to be feeling this much better, and am hoping for continued improvement. I hope to get a massage and a chiropractic adjustment tomorrow; those should be helpful as well. The moral of this story is we should never take a day of good health for granted, because tomorrow it might be a whole different story!