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.


Grandchildren Speak



This came by email last Mother’s Day and I do not know who the original writer is, but thought but thought it was cute and worth passing along.

1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!” I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye…

2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, “Did you start at 1?”

3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was THAT?”

4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo and I said, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s word processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” he asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”

7. I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these, yourself!”

8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”

 9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.” “Look in your underwear, Grandpa,” he advised, “mine says I’m 4 to 6.”

10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting,” she said, “how do you make babies?” “It’s simple,” replied the girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.”

11. Children’s Logic: “Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher. The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.” The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.  “Sure,” said the young boy confidently. ‘It means carrying a child.”

12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog’s duties. “They use him to keep crowds back,” said one child. “No,” said another. “He’s just for good luck.”  A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”

13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

 14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him!

15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.


Senior “Memories” Video

This will be the start to a section for Seniors, those of us who are older but wiser–hmm-maybe.  I am hoping that this will become a favorite area for Seniors to enjoy, comment on and share without having to “tweet”.  (a little humor)

This is such a nicely done video by Pam Peterson, a caberet singer.  It is very well sung and the humor should bring a smile to your face.