Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I get knocked down...but I get up again...

No funnies today, just an explanation of sorts...sorry to copy and paste from an email, but it is easier than writing over and over....

Long story short, out of nowhere on Easter night, I woke up with ringing and complete deafness in my right ear. I had not taken my Singulair that day, and we were outside at my MIL's that day, so upin talking to Dave, I decided to wait it out until morning and then head to the doctor.
A couple of hours later, I woke up again and the room was spinning. Not spinning like a hangover sort of thing, but absolutely flying. (Help, Jane! Stop this crazy thing!) I immediately knew I would be sick, and could not move so Dave scooped me into the bathroom. I knew something was terribly, terribly wrong and even my big strong paramedic hubby was afraid. I could hear it in his voice. Off to the horse-pistol we go.

Blood tests, CT scan, MRI....I have a raging inner ear infection. Not the kind that your kids get with pain and treated w/Amoxicillin, but deep in the ear. I was immobile (and sort of incoherent) while in the hospital, and the most miserable I have ever been in my life. Not to mention, I had to have shots of heparin in my stomach every day to prevent blood clots from forming since I was bedridden. My stomach is currently a watercolor of lovely blues, greys, blacks, and yellows. Lovely indeed.

I am functioning at about 40%, taking medication, still a mess, and my balance is totally affected. I walk like an 80 year old woman, and am trying to stay out of the public "eye". I have also not regained hearing in my right ear whatsoever, and there is a very real chance that I won't. I figure I will cross that bridge when I get there. In the grand scheme of things, being deaf in one ear is not that big of a deal, especially when at one time they were looking to be sure there were no lesions on my brain, and ruling out signs of stroke or MS.

So, there is my pity party of sorts. Hopefully this will be the last of it. I hate to wallow, and I am sure I will get to where I can find the humor (likely pretty sick humor, if you know me at all) in all of this. It is tough to type and focus right now, so my posts may be limited for a bit.

Upside- deaf ear faces the side hubby sleeps on, so I don't hear him snore. That rocketh.


Jessica said...

Oh no! You poor thing!

Get better soon!

Charmayne said...

Makes me feel better to see you back on your blog...I've been checking and hoping that you'd be feeling well enough to get back online. Wishing you a Happy B-Day tomorrow. I'll be up on Friday with a little something for you, if you are feeling up to it.

MIL Charmayne

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I had no idea. I hope that you start feeling better and better.

You totally have me singing in my head too. Gotta love some Chumbawamba. ;)

Angela said...

That sounds awful! But at least it wasn't he worst case scenarios. I too would actually look forward to NOT hearing hubby at night LOL.

Anna said...

oh wow, glad you're doing better that totally stinks!


Lara T. said...

Oh Trace!! That sucks!! I hope you feel better soon!! and Happy Early Birthday!! :) Maybe you will feel well enough to enjoy some birthday treats, huh? ;)
Will just keep an eye on the blog and talk to you soon!!

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you have seen some small improvements. Think about you all the time and I hope things continue to improve.

Take care,


Amy W said...

Ugh!!! That is horrible!!!! I hope you get to feeling better soon and your hearing returns!! IF you need anything just let me know!

Ginger said...

Oh Tracy! I'm sorry for everything! I surely hope everything gets better and you're back to yourself. I understand your email now. Take care woman!

Stefanie said...

Oh my god, Tracy, I had no idea!! That must have been so scary for you and your family. I hope that you are recovering well and don't have any major long-term effects from it. :(