Thursday, January 07, 2010

Today is the big day!!

I am finally having the VNG test done today. It will hopefully help uncover some of the mystery of why I have been dealing with dizziness over the past couple of month. I am so ready to get it all over with. They are going to purposely make me dizzy by putting cool and warm air in my ears. All the while I will be wearing a huge set of special goggles that records my eye movements. I will be exposed to moving targets and flashes to see how my eyes react to the stimulus. My eye movements will be very telling. By stimulating my nervous system in ways that affect my balance and then measuring my eye movements, the audiologist will be able to learn more about my vestibular abnormalities.

I had to prep for this test by not taking any sleeping meds, motion sickness pills or Valium over the past 48 hours. I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to do that but I haven't taken any Ambien in over a week and the last Valium I took was on New Year's Eve (I had a really random dizzy while playing a board game at my friend Melissa's house). To help myself prep for not taking sleeping meds, I started to try to sleep on my own last week. It was so hard the first couple of days but I stuck it out. I still don't sleep well but it is at least doable. I fall asleep easily but I tend to wake up at weird intervals throughout the night. It's strange but I have to sleep almost totally upright. When I lay my head down like a normal person, my head will spin when I shut my eyes. It's very uncomfortable. Once I figured that out I haven't had as many problems with dizziness. I believe that the fluid in my inner ears moves to a touchy spot when my head lays back. As long as I stay vertical, I don't get dizzy. Weird, huh?

Anyway, wish me luck! I will report on here as soon as I can. Hopefully we will learn something today about my condition. If it isn't today, then it will likely be next Thursday when they compile the results of all of my tests to figure this thing out. I soooo want to get back to normal. It's bad to say but I can't quit thinking about doing surrogacy again so I need to get this thing taken care of soon.


wholarmor said...

Hope it went well! Doesn't sound like a fun time! But hopefully they will figure out what's up and fix it soon!