Vertigo is Horrible

vertigo.pngI blogged recently about experiencing dizziness during my run last Saturday, while visiting Ireland on business. I thought at the time it was simply related to a combination of jet lag and dehydration.

The dizzy feeling went away on Sunday, and as I blogged then I felt just fine, hopeful I’d get back out for a run on Monday evening.

This wasn’t to be.

On Monday at work the dizziness returned. By lunchtime I had thrown up in the restrooms and had to be taken home by a co-worker.

I could write a whole post on the sole topic of getting an appointment with a doctor in Northern Ireland, but to cut a long story short, I ended up in A&E (ER) on Monday evening.

It was vertigo, as we had began to suspect. The only relief from it could be had by lying down flat and not moving. The doctors gave me an injection to take the edge off the dizziness and nausea, and prescribed some pills to do the same.

Each day brought only a slight improvement to my symptoms. I was not recovering as quickly as I had hoped. It was Thursday before I was able to work again without my head spinning. I didn’t drive to the office that day. I worked remotely from my parent’s house.

I felt really bad about being flown over to Ireland to train people and then being out sick most of the week. I am thankful to my work who understood and gave me the time to rest.

Friday was my first day physically back in the office after my exit on Monday, and yet even now on Sunday I’m still not back 100%.

Vertigo is horrible.

This week it has prevented me from working, and also from running. I still think it’s going to take a few days more before I even attempt a run.

However – there is some good news. What Vertigo didn’t prevent me from doing is catching up with family and friends. I was very happy to meet and hang out with my little nephews and niece for the first time.

So, an eventful trip to Ireland to say the least. I’m sitting in Boston airport, waiting on my plane to Raleigh. I’ve missed my wife and kids. I am looking forward to getting back to normality all around.


Jet Lag and Running

As I left home to go to the airport, the first flakes started to fall. My wife sent me pictures of the kids playing in the snow which made me miss them already. I was on my way from Raleigh, NC to Ireland for a work trip.

It was a pretty turbulent flight, but I felt OK and do not usually suffer with travel sickness when flying. I had to put my book down when it got really rough. Nothing else.

I arrived in Ireland to more snow and freezing temperatures, collected my car and drove to my parent’s house. After some catch-up, I thought I’d get a run in.

I decided I wouldn’t run outside, but instead use my parent’s treadmill. So I put on a pair of shorts and long sleeve top (it’s still cold inside). However, the treadmill was a no-go, The belt is slipping and I couldn’t run on it.

That’s leaves only one option…

I had to head outside. I grabbed my gloves, hat, buff, and off I went. I was pretty prepared, I thought. I had my trail shoes, which were great in the snow. I had a buff to keep the cold air off my face, and a nice hat. Even with shorts, it was manageable.

The first 1.5 miles felt good. No issues at all.

Then something didn’t feel right. At first I kept veering off to the right as I ran. I was loosing my balance. When I eventually stopped it hit me hard. My whole world was spinning. I waited a few minutes to see if I could shake it, but it wasn’t going away.

I started to walk back to the house and was staggering all over the sidewalk. I couldn’t walk straight. I felt like I was going to pass out. I kept walking, and due to complete disorientation, ended up the wrong road and had to come back down. At this stage I was hoping the police would pick me up for public drunkenness and take me home.

I made it back to the house eventually and immediately threw up in the bathroom and then laid on the bathroom floor for a while. Can I just say, no alcohol was involved here at all. But that’s probably what it looked like, and felt like though.

After a hot shower, I drank some fluids, in case it was dehydration, and ate some chocolate in case it was low blood sugar. It took around 3-4 hours to feel normal again.

Today I will rest, and not run.