Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Purchased at Talking Leaves...Books.
I have suffered for about ten years with a kind of vertigo known by the disturbingly Borgesian designation of "Labyrinthitis." Reportedly, this condition arises by way of a virus to the inner ear. Neither the source nor the cause of this mysterious virus is currently known. What is known is that it exists and that it attacks the inner ear, which is responsible for maintaining equilibrium.
When an attack occurs, it feels like being on a ship being tossed about on a stormy sea or, less romantically, like being dead drunk, without the pleasing effect of inebriation. My worst attacks signal themselves by a single click sound in my head, almost like a light switch being turned on. Right after the click, the room begins to spin, sometimes so violently I can't even see. Walking even a few feet becomes impossible because I am unable to stand up. In short, I can do nothing but take a dramamine (or meclezine, which is the prescription version they give you), and wait for the storm to die down.
It usually passes in a few seconds, but can last hours, days, or even weeks. I once had lie on the couch in our apartment, the same one I described yesterday, for more than two weeks. Thankfully, I have never had an attack while driving.
Ok, off to work -- I'll finish this story tomorrow.