Running on Fumes

Today’s food journal entry is about nuts. Sort of.

Three weeks ago, on the week that our beloved cat passed away, I had the worst attack of vertigo in my entire life. I woke up in the middle of the night to the whole world spinning really fast. I felt like it came out of nowhere, as if somebody just flipped the switch in my brain and the world was suddenly a runaway carousel, spinning uncontrollably. The spinning would subside, then randomly just start back up, it was excruciating. I’ve always had vertigo attacks since I was young, but they were usually triggered by something and the spinning was not this intense. I’ve never experience anything this bad before. I tried my best to rest and sleep it off, but it wouldn’t go away. I felt weak and was unable to stand or sit properly on my own. After a week of this, I finally asked to be taken to the ER where I was given medication to control the symptoms. My blood work came back normal, except for my rbc which was super low. My anemia probably triggered my Meniere’s disease, the doctor said.

So here we are, at the end of a two-week regimen of vertigo medication. Hopefully my symptoms won’t start back up later when I stop taking my medication. I’m also taking iron supplements and made a lot of changes to my diet so that I’m eating more vegetables and low-sodium food. I swapped out my salty snacks for raw nuts too, hence the journal entry.

I failed to listen to my body. I was growing more anxious every day because of seeing our cat’s health deteriorate, and I was needlessly working long hours and sleeping less and less to keep my restless mind occupied. I honestly felt normal, but I guess things were really going awry without me acknowledging them. I was forced to rest, of course, and took a 3-day leave from work. I’m making lifestyle changes but I’m aware these don’t take effect right away. I’m starting to build back my energy. Little by little, I am feeling more like myself everyday. I’m not 100% back to normal yet, but I’m making good progress.