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Last week, while out of town with friends, I experienced extreme vertigo, a very scary feeling.  I got up in the middle of the night to go the bathroom and upon lying back down the room began to swirl.  In trying to right myself I fell over onto the bed like a rag doll.  I yelled out and my husband rushed to my side and said later” Your arms were flaying in the air in an attempt to right yourself.”  I spent the rest of the night propped up on pillows and trying to fall back to sleep.  We were in a Casino and the next day, I felt a bit off center all day and any quick movement would bring on a case of dizziness.  It was very unsettling.  Upon returning home, I had another bad episode at bedtime and we went to ER.

They did all of the usual tests, CT scan, Chest X-Ray and blood tests.  Everything was negative. On day 10, I visited my PCP (Primary Care Physician) and asked for an antibiotic as I had a very strange headache which had occurred previous to my Vertigo episode.  My PCP said that she thought it was BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), so I researched it and it sounded like what I might have.  I did find some exercises, which I found online and have continued for two days and remarkably, for the most part, my vertigo has subsided to a mere slight dizziness upon quick motions.  Now the questions is: Is the cure the 3 days of a strong antibiotic or is it BPPV?  I don’t know, but I will continue to do the exercises as I do not want to go back to the severe vertigo.

BPPV is dizziness or vertigo thought to be debris which is collected within a part of the inner ear.  It has been called crystals, stones, debris or ear rocks–possibly where the term “Rocks in your Head” originated.  They become dislodged and move into more sensitive inner ear locations.  People over 60 are most likely to get BPPV.  The Epley Maneuver  can easily be done at home & relocate the “crystals”.  I also did the Brandt-Daroff  Exercise.  There is a small video on this maneuver near the bottom of the page next to the discs.

There is more in information on Dizziness, Vertigo and BPPV on Mayo Clinic website.  Although BPPV may be common, it is very distressing for the individual who is experiencing this and can result in a fall.  If you are experiencing the symtoms of BPPV it is best to get your Physicians opinion, rather than to self diagnose.


Valentine Ideas for Children

CUPCAKES—You can make heart shaped cupcakes by placing paper baking cups into a cupcake pan.   Start pouring cake batter into paper baking cup.  When half full, place a glass marble between the paper liner and the cupcakepan.  During the baking process the cupcakes will take on a heart shape.  Decorate with frosting, deocrating tubes and candy.





 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter–purchase

1  lg–6 oz. Red Jello (strawberry or Raspberry)
3 envelopes Knox unflavored Gelatin
Mix these gelatins together

Add to 4 cups of Boiling Water

Our into 9″ x 12″ pan and refrigerate for well set.  Cut with Heart shaped cutter.  Kids love the remaining scraps of finger jello.  Place hearts on a white plate for best presentation.     





Many people ignore the symptoms of a pending heart attack,  thinking it is indigestion or heartburn, random pain or costochondritis-rib pains. Women tend to ignore these symptoms  (American Heart Assoc.) as they are usually in the middle of childcare, working, cooking or don’t want to be embarrassed by an ambulance coming to their home.  Many times the symptoms will be repeated and may last for longer periods.

Not only should you be aware of the Heart Attack signs or Symptoms, but you should know what to do if you see someone having a heart attack.  The following video can be of help if you happen to see someone who may be having a Heart Attack.  The following video is important to watch.

 Here is a GREAT VIDEO on what to do in case you think someone may be having a Heart Attack.

The Following are the most common Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Pressure or squeezing pain in your chest
  • Pain can extend to shoulder, neck or arm adn sometimes teeth and jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increasing episodes of chest pain
  • Heartburn

Forget the embarrassment or worry regarding going to the ER and maybe have nothing wrong.  In this case it is best to be SAFE rather then SORRY in this case.  CALL 911