Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Trip to the city

Today I made my first solo trip into the city of Cleveland.  Well, solo being I drove myself because I actually had my little guy (Luke) with me.  

The reason for the trip was to see a neurologist.  Last year around this time I went to one in Indiana for some dizziness I had been experiencing.  I was diagnosed with BPV which stands for benign positional vertigo.  Basically, my symptoms were that I would begin to feel dizzy and feel like the room was spinning when I would lay flat.  It got pretty bad last year to where I couldn't even blow dry my hair without feeling dizzy.  Just tipping my head upward initiated it.  It sucked, to say the least.  So I got fed up and enlisted professional help.  

Luckily it is a very easy thing to fix by means of particular head positioning from a vertigo specialist.  And I have been dizzy free until a few weeks ago.  I am not sure what triggered it again, but it is back and now I have to start from scratch in finding a vertigo specialist out here in Ohio. 

That is why I went downtown to Cleveland.  I had a 2 pm appointment with a general neurologist and got there 15 minutes early.  Luke had his backpack full of things to keep him occupied.  It wasn't until 3:30 that I was actually called back.  Very irritating.  

During the exam the doctor, who totally reminded me of Doogie Howser MD (Neil Patrick Harris), had me push against his arms while I was seated on the table.  Well, either I have super natural strength or he is a wimp, but I literally slid his body a foot across the floor.  You should have seen the look on his face - it was a bit of shock and shame mixed together.  And his comment was the best.  He said, "Looks like I need to get myself to the gym."  

Luke was starting to get bored and curious - not a good combination in a 3 almost 4 year old boy.  Luckily, my appointment was almost over after being there 3 1/2 hours.  

We walked back to the parking garage and drove to the window area to pay.  When we pulled up to the parking attendant Luke yells out, "Mom, order me a cheeseburger!"  He must have thought we were in a McDonald's drive thru.  Too cute!  

I was so glad I had my GPS with me because I ended up getting so mixed up to which direction I was heading.  My compass said I was heading west but it sure felt like I was driving east.  That is such a strange sensation.  I was able to find my way home thanks to my handy GPS, otherwise I could have easily ended up in Pennsylvania.  

I did end up getting the referral I needed to see a vertigo specialist and I am also scheduled for an MRI this Friday to make sure there is nothing else causing the problems I am experiencing.  

Fun stuff.  

And to top it all off, this marks my 400th post.  How in the world did that happen already?  Wow.

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