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Friday, December 13, 2019

Vertigo!

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Sorry, no post today. I had to respond to a minor medical emergency when daughter Jarlsberg had a crippling attack of vertigo. So I'm away from my toys and tools (and forgot to bring my iPad charger) and will be largely incommunicado.

Positive thoughts and prayers for daughter J are appreciated. As for me, I DID pack a jug of Clan MacGregor, so I've got that going for me!

59 comments:

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Oh, dear. Best wishes to la fille Jarlsberg...

On top of my other ills, I tend to come down with BPV (benign positional vertigo) at the spring and fall equinoxes. I first discovered this while taking stall/spin lessons in a Cessna during El Nino conditions over the San Fernando Valley back in '82 or so... :P

Velveeta Processed Cheese Food said...

Best wishes also. I, too, have some balance issues, but I'm an old fat guy so a certain amount of that is to be expected, I suppose.

HankJ said...

Quick recovery

Pat Cummings said...

Vertigo can be crippling. Nearly four decades ago, I had an associate, brilliant guy, whose engineering career was ended because severe bouts of vertigo left him unable to code, drive, or even stand and walk when the attacks were at their worst...

I hope they know more about cause and cure now than they did then!

Barry Newman said...

Nothing but best wishes to your daughter, and to you as well. Hoping she returns to normal with no side effects, and that you can return to your life of side effects quickly. From our family to yours for the holidays as well. I am hoping that this passes quickly so you can enjoy them properly.

Anonymous said...

All the best and our prayers to your daughter, and sympathy to the clan for your attack on Clan McGregor although McGregor can be a strong source of comfort if cuddled in sufficient quantity.

j said...

Prayers for your daughter, and all your family. And take it easy on the Scotch - we don't want YOU having vertigo too! Like I did one night at a Mexican restaurant after my second LARGE Margarita, (they were famous for their Margaritas, about twice the size of a regular!!!) when I learned that drinking a lot before standing up can make the floor behave in unpredictable manner! All the best to you one and all.

Maoz said...

Refuah shleimah to daughter Jarlsberg, and best wishes to the entire family.

mamafrog said...

Oh wow, poor baby, I hope she's okay soon as that's a rough way to feel.

Bobo the Hobo said...

Yikes! Hope Miss J recovers quickly. Good thinking regarding packing your emergency rations of Clan McGregor ... priorities, donchaknow.

Unknown said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

dogbrain said...

Hope all are soon well again.

VideomanSS said...

Hope Daughter J is okay. Prayers for her and the family.

bfort44 said...

I hope your daughter is ok. I suffered from Vertigo for years and I know how debilitating it is. Pryers for all of you.
A subscriber. Love your stuff.

Bailey said...

Very best wishes to both you & your daughter, sir.

See you again next week!

Or something...

Mike in Canada

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of the vertigo episode. So damn troublesome when the world decides to 'thow itself in a tilted manner' - I hope your daughter finds relief soon.

Vertigo has happened to me in the past - not a laughing matter.

have a good weekend.

PaBlum said...

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. On a positive note: I had a serious vertigo attack in the late seventies and have not had another since. So, this may be a one time occurrence.

PS: By making people check "I am not a robot" you are being unfair to robots!

Rod said...

You're doing the right thing taking care of Miss J and we hope this will all soon pass. Meanwhile us jokers can get by... for a while. Good luck & Merry Christmas season to all. Great choice of photograph by the way.

Julie said...

Saying a prayer for daughter J. Vertigo is no fun. Looking forward to your next post. I watched the circus until 10:30, but had to quit as it was making me physically sick.

Phil D said...

Best wishes to your daughter and you.

pkdavis said...

Would Daughter Jarlsberg also be Busty Ross? If so, I'd love to be your son-in-law.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- many thanks for all of the kind wishes! We are off to a doctor's appointment soon, and we're hoping to find out that it might be a simple ear infection as that would be something readily curable. I'll update later when I have more information. Meanwhile, daughter J has had her day considerably brightened by all of you!

Sortahwitte said...

Oh no! Poor baby. Prayers for the whole Family J as you recover, minister and travel. In my younger years, I have dropped everything and went to aid my daughters in some sort of emergency or another. Sometimes the circumstances were not as I wished, but I love being a dad. Don't forget that in Oklahoma, you receive a free jug of the Clan with every gas fill-up.
Don't take NO for an answer. They try to keep it for themselves. Speedy recovery.

Buck said...

Sir, I wish you and your family the best. Hopefully all will be well soon, and you all shall have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Good call on the fine single malt!

Semper Fidelis, Buck

Terry said...

You are a good dad and daughter J is so lucky to have you. Prayers for all of you.

Doc said...

Stilt, our thought and prayers for your daughter, and give the Clan McGregor a big hug for me!

Chuck Baker (Macon) said...

Thoughts and prayers with you all ...

KellyfromWI said...

Hope your daughter is better very quickly, that is no fun. Thanks for all you do and Merry Christmas

TrickyRicky said...

Sorry Stilt, just a copy and paste from my Johnny O comments.......

Hope all is well with the younger (and the older) Jarlsbergs. Health issues are never fun, but especially bothersome during the cold of winter and hubbub of the holidays.

The Vertigo photo reminded me of how smoking hot Kim Novak was in that movie. Wow!

Phil Wood said...

This is a very debilitating affliction (from experience). Our prayers are with you and daughter. May she recover quickly.
Phil & Jenny

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- here's a quick update following our visit to the doctor this morning. Daughter Jarlsberg had fluid in both ears which could cause this imbalance and her treatment is antihistamines which is what they already gave her at the emergency room yesterday. She's feeling pretty good so far today and we've got our fingers crossed that the meds are going to take care of this situation. Of course, I assume that all of your positive thoughts, wishes, and prayers have played a part too. Many thanks!

Timbotoo said...

Glad to hear that The First Daughter is feeling better. I had to cut a business trip short once due to an ear infection. Getting up the steps to the plane with my carry on was a bit of a struggle. I think my fellow passengers thought that I was drunk, even though it was fairly early in the morning.

artturo46 said...

Had something similar (inner-ear related) many moons ago. No fun. Glad to hear she's on the mend. Very best wishes from the Brazos.

Anonymous said...

Glad the physician got the problem figured out. As a chronic sufferer of sinus infections, pressure and bleeding, they can totally wipe you out! Give Daughter J our best for a speedy recovery.

John the Econ said...

Prayers are with you and daughter J for a quick recovery. Life is hard enough with bouts of news-related vertigo without the ear-induced variety.

Lee The Voice said...

Interesting illustration.

Colby Muenster said...

Stilton,
Fluid in the ears pretty much sucks (been there) and can be stubborn to make go away, but that is still good news IMHO. Mrs. Muenster and I are praying for a quick recovery!

A hint by the way... if you ever find that you've left home and forgot the Clan MacGregor, just go to Walley World and pick up a gallon can of Coleman lantern fuel. I can hardly tell the difference! (kidding of course).

Pete (Detroit) said...

Joining the chorus for speedy recovery wishes. I'm sure many others have a vicarious fondness for Daughter J as well. Water on the ears beats water on the brain, and at least it's a concrete issue, as opposed to them not finding anything obviously wrong.
Again, best to all of you!

Shelly said...

I'm glad your daughter is doing better. I know she must have been scared. I don't know if it was vertigo, but a few months ago, I suddenly lost my ability to walk straight. I stood up quickly and it hit me. When I tried to walk straight, I actually veered off to the right. It was very scary. I managed to get to the couch and sat down and waited for whatever it was to subside. When I stood up, I was fine. It has never happened again but ever since then I have been experiencing balance issues, particularly when I close my eyes. I'm just chalking it up to age.

KenElder said...

And a tipple of Tullamore Dew to you and your daughter and family....Best wishes!
Ken Elder

Dan said...

Being sick is really a drag.
My best wishes to young Jarlsberg and to the rest of the cheeses in the family as they help the recovery.
As for the drive back, don't be afraid to take the extra night in the motel. Trying to "power through" the drive can wind up with *you* whacked out, and that'll help no one.

B.C. said...

I'm late to the party, as usual, but here's wishing a speedy return to full health for your Princess, Mr. J.

Kurt said...

Prayers go with her.

Bill the Cat said...

Hope she is doing better very soon.

Keep us posted!

JD said...

Hope she's feeling better. I had vertigo almost every day for over 5 years. The only thing that helped was the drug Antivert. This helped immensely and had no negative side-affects.

Anonymous said...

Attention Vertigo sufferers: Research "canalith repositioning procedure" online. This is basically a simple 5-minute exercise to assure the tiny crystals in the inner ear are in the correct location. It helped my wife greatly! Also avoid roller coasters, etc.

Joseph ET said...

I've had vertigo a couple of times. The last time my M.D. give me "sea sick" pills. I knew from my previous experience that wasn't the issue. I also can't drive or work around machinery even with those pills. The issue was an inner ear infection. I got my dentist to prescribe an antibiotic and that took care of it. One symptom was that certain head movements would cause the world to spin.

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Antibiotics didn't work with my BPV, but they did mess up my digestion, which led to one of the more unpleasant episodes in my life...

I had rigged my old apartment in Philly with speakers attached to the outside of the fiberglass shower stall, so I could listen to music whilst showering or "communing with nature". One of my habits was to play "LP Roulette", where I'd grab an album at random and put it on the turntable before hitting the head.

Unfortunately, I lost, that day. The album was an Arista Records sampler.

Listening to "Mandy" by Barry Manilow while trying to pass what felt like chunks of broken safety glass gives me some idea of what Purgatory must be like... :)

Rod said...

I hope things are better this morning. There's a lot of "stuff" in the head going around plus maybe still some seasonal allergies; so if it turns out the vertigo problem may have originated from sinus congestion and eustachion tube blockage (ears not clearing pressure differential in the normal ways), here are scuba diving tips to help clear the ears:
OTC 12 hr decongestant as needed in short term, not a regular practice. Spicy food; Chew some gum; and Lean the head to far side so the blocked ear is on top and pull up on the top of the ear to help clearing. Don't force it enough to damage the ear drum. If you're changing altitude or riding high elevators (somewhat like delta depth in diving): Try to stay ahead of the problem rather than falling behind on equalizing. These are easy and may be helpful. Sorry, but they are totally useless for problems caused by Clan McGregor.

Anonymous said...

Glad she is better!
I had an attack of vertigo on a motorcycle once.
Scary.
Again, glad to hear she is good to go.
_revjen45

DougM said...

Best wishes;
but in my experience,
Clan McGregor isn't a cure,
it causes vertigo

Angus ranch said...

Had a bad cold,stuffed up head, plugged ears. Flew home from college and went to 8000 feet AGL. Just a little gurgle in my ears but felt good.... until it was time to come down to home elevation. Incredible plain due to the pressure differential in the inner ear. Thank God I had a co-pilot to negotiate the descent until my ears adjusted and my noodle back to 3D. Lesson learned. Vertigo sucks... and can kill.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- I'm back in my Texas saddle, and all seems to be going well now in Oklahoma (if you hear the sound of knocking on wood, that's me). When the vertigo first hit my daughter, she couldn't stand, walk, or even move her head and the world felt like "the spinning teacup ride from Hell." She had to call her apartment management to unlock her front door, which then allowed paramedics to come in and carry her on a stretcher to the ambulance, and then to the ER.

Thankfully, by the time I reached Oklahoma (about 4 hours), the ER staff had her stabilized to the extent that she could sit upright, move (barely) with help, and probably didn't have any more stomach contents to upchuck (the ER staff gave her some motion tests, and I hope they weren't wearing their good shoes).

She was very unsteady at home, but at least the world wasn't a cyclone for her. And the next morning she woke up feeling much better! Then 10 minutes later, she was back in the vortex. She took her meds and went back to bed for much of the day. On arising, she was doing better - a great relief, as I'd had a long time to think about how our lives would change if she could no longer drive, work outside the home, or possibly even get out of bed. I pride myself on being a very thorough worrier.

She had no further relapses after that, and the next morning we saw the doctor who confirmed the fluid build up in her ears, and instructed her to take the high-powered antihistamines (which are also pretty efficient knock-out pills) which the ER staff had prescribed (she had been told "take these for dizziness," but hadn't really had the mechanism made clear to her).

After 48 hours with no recurrence of vertigo, it seemed safe for me to drive back to Texas - which isn't easy when you've got your fingers crossed for good luck. And now, here I am - trying to plug back into the world. I missed almost all news last week, as my daughter's home has neither radios nor TV. News was available on my smartphone, but I had other priorities at the time.

No matter how often Life reminds us that "everything can change in a moment," each new incident feels like a fresh (and frightening) wake up call. So I've got plenty to think about for awhile...as well as an enormous sense of gratitude that things seem to be getting back to normal, and that there are so many people who expressed support for my family. I love you guys and, should we ever meet in person, I will treat you to better liquor than I drink myself. -Stilt

Dan said...

Whew. Thank God. Good to hear things are looking up.

Anonymous said...

You might ask your docs about Desloratidine. It is an effective antihistamine that is minimally sedating. It works for me.
Severe vertigo is as disabling as anything you can imagine.
Wishing well to all at Haus Jarlsberg.
_revjen45

Rod said...

Well Stilt, to help you catch up on political news: After many days of "D" BS; then a half-day of "R's" very limited afternoon opportunities to speak and question those involved... (Which CNN did not even broadcast): Schiff's impeachment hearing committee voted along strictly party lines to move the two bogus Articles of Impeachment to a full House vote. The deal is the party lines were 23D to 17R. Bipartisan (as required by Constitution & Law) my ass. A set-up from the out-set.

And Rush L. thinks CNN could not afford to broadcast the "R" portion of the hearings as that would mean the media jig would be up for it's audience, who may have never heard ANY of what the "Rs" would present, and in this case along with with evidence.

This entire 3 year hoax must not be allowed to happen again. Total waste of time.

Sortahwitte said...

Stilt, I can only speak for myself, but I think others feel the same way about you and your family. We love you all and want the best of everything for all the Stilts. So glad there's improvement. Will continue the prayers for healing and restful sleep.
Love, G&Sioux.

Did you ask for the "free" Clan while traveling in okrahoma?

Anonymous said...

aww man. I feel for her. I've had intermittent vertigo for the last 10-12 years.. keeps me from driving on the highway or more than a half hour or so from home, as if it happens on the road, that leads to a panic attack and goes downhill from there. Lowering stress and drinking plenty of water seems to help. I hope she finds a solution, it really sucks when a chronic thing, and once it kicks in, you're just along for the ride. Tell her the peanut gallery says to hang in there, I hope it passes soon!

j said...

Still praying for all of you- we feel like you are all family, in some way, and I know from my own past experience that there is NOTHING worse than seeing someone we love suffer and not being able to fix it for them. Glad the news was good, take care. All the best