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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Clocks and Docs
The clock in my living room needs a new battery. It's a little embarrassing how many times I have glanced at it and thought to myself, "Only seven-fifteen? Really? Oh, right, the clock has stopped...."

Three minutes after nine. Not seven-fifteen, no. It won't be three minutes after nine when I post this; I'm just admitting it now. I'm multi-tasking, so who knows how long this thing will take to finish?!

I was a good girl today, and I kept my doctor appointment. Thanks to all my friends who offered encouraging words and thoughts yesterday and today. It helps to have support like that when I'm feeling a little freaked out and overwhelmed. You know who you are; thank you.

Unfortunately the doctor didn't find anything useful. I mean: it's good that she didn't find anything bad, but it's frustrating that she didn't find anything treatable. She looked inside my ears and said they looked lovely. ("Oh, why thank you," I said, self-consciously patting my hair.) Aside from slightly swollen glands in my neck, and an extremely-low-grade fever that could have just been doctor-nervousness, she didn't find anything out of the ordinary. But I was (and still am) definitely still experiencing periodic vertigo and nausea. Not every time I move, but often enough to be disturbing.

She reassured me that more chronic conditions (like MS) tend to come on gradually. So since this came on quite suddenly, it's much more likely to be an ear inflamation or something more acute. But she took some blood, and she'll run some tests, see if there are any oddities or imbalances. She'll call me soon-ish with the results.

In the meantime, she wants to try and see if this will go away on its own with some encouragement. I'm to drink lots of fluids, especially something like gatorade, something that replaces electrolytes. Whatever those are. (Except I'm drinking Propel, also made by the Gatorade people, because it has fewer calories.) I'm to take a decongestant every day for the next week, see if that will help unclog my ears. If indeed they are clogged.

If I'm still feeling the same next week, we have to try some other approaches we can try. There is a medication you can take for dizziness (but it makes you really sleepy), and there are also audiology tests that can help if it's an ear problem or a head problem. But we'll start with fluids and decongestants first, see what that does.

It's frustrating. Sometimes I feel fine, but sometimes I move or look the wrong way and I just feel off. Not right, unwell. When I get hit by a couple episodes in a row, I start feeling nauseous, overheated, and sick. I don't like that: it throws off my whole day. Also, I'm a skater -- I need my balance! I've tried skating a couple of times since this started a week ago, and I did okay even though I didn't always feel quite right. I stayed away from spins and other stuff that might make me dizzier though.

Anyway, so that's that. I hope it goes away soon. Enough talk of weird health issues. For now, I need to pay a couple of bills then get to bed early tonight.

Tomorrow, my goal is to tell the story of Rennie-Measurement from the Ren Faire. Something for us all to look forward to... Hopefully it will be a much more entertaining post. Keep your fingers crossed! ...but only if you can type with your fingers crossed.

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anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: October 5th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I do hope it's something rather minor. I think you'll be fine in no time, being the healthy chickie you are. :-)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 5th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Electrolytes

Well I am very glad it was nothing major.

From http://science.howstuffworks.com :

Electrolyte is a "medical/scientific" term for salts, specifically ions. The term electrolyte means that this ion is electrically-charged and moves to either a negative (cathode) or positive (anode) electrode:

* ions that move to the cathode (cations) are positively charged
* ions that move to the anode (anions) are negatively charged

For example, your body fluids -- blood, plasma, interstitial fluid (fluid between cells) -- are like seawater and have a high concentration of sodium chloride (table salt, or NaCl). The electrolytes in sodium chloride are:

* sodium ion (Na+) - cation
* chloride ion (Cl-) - anion

As for your body, the major electrolytes are as follows:

* sodium (Na+)
* potassium (K+)
* chloride (Cl-)
* calcium (Ca2+)
* magnesium (Mg2+)
* bicarbonate (HCO3-)
* phosphate (PO42-)
* sulfate (SO42-)

Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body. For example, when you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. So, many sports drinks have sodium chloride or potassium chloride added to them. They also have sugar and flavorings to provide your body with extra energy and to make the drink taste better.

Another example where electrolyte drinks are important is when infants/children have chronic vomiting or diarrhea, perhaps due to intestinal flu viruses. When children vomit or have diarrhea, they lose electrolytes. Again, these electrolytes and the fluids must be replaced to prevent dehydration and seizures. Therefore, drinks such as Pedialyte have sodium and potassium in them like the sports drinks do. However, pediatricians do not recommend giving sports drinks to a sick child! Sports drinks have much higher sugar concentrations than Pedialyte and the high sugar is not a proper treatment.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 6th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Electrolytes

Interesting! Thanks for looking up the info, that makes a lot more sense now.
devnul From: devnul Date: October 5th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
So I guess those of us who said "Get thee to a doctor, and thusly you will know for certain" don't have quite the shining reputation right now. :)

But still, you got it started. The blood test could reveal a lot of things, even a minor infection. Heck, if I have the slightest fever I get lightheaded and dizzy. Electrolytes are a good suggestion, too. I've made the mistake of just drinking water and not taking in enough sugars and salts, and the result is very much a detached feeling like you describe.

So have a *hug* while I head to work. I'd try to cross my fingers while typing but given the ergo keyboard I use I think I'd end up the one at the doctor! :)
polaron From: polaron Date: October 5th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

::hug::

Here's to the electrolytes and decongestants clearing your vertigo up quickly :)
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: October 6th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
You should hang out with friends, slack, and generally enjoy life.

I know just the prescription. :)

I hope you feel good soon, and it'd be good to see you! (I'd like to be part of the first sentence.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 6th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I should do more of that. I agree. Sorry I've been out of touch; after being tired from my big bike ride on sunday, combined with a general feeling of unwellness and disorientation, I've been spending my evenings quietly hiding out at home. I'd like you to be part of that first sentence too!
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