• Everyday Stuff
  • The End of Summer

    I noticed tonight that it is starting to get dark before 9 PM. Seems like summer is almost over. That brings out mixed emotions in me since I have been pretty much house bound for the last two and a half weeks.

    On one hand I am extremely sad that summer is almost over and that I will not get to go swimming at the beach or at a lake again this summer. On the other hand I am excited for fall and ready for the 30° weather to go away. I am sure I will regret that since the winter is supposed to be an especially brutal one. Last winter was bad but this one is supposed to be worse.

  • Health & Wellness
  • Getting there

    I saw my family doctor today and he said that while it is possible that I had a panic attack at work yesterday that it is unlikely that that is the underlying problem and that it is more likely the result of a major asthma attack and/or not being able to catch my breath or breathe properly.

    He said that often during severe or life threatening asthma attacks, patients do not appear to be in distress, the chest may be so tight that no wheezing sings are present. He also said that the patient can appear pink and then can go cyanotic, which I did.

    I remember last night that they kept asking me (both the EMT and a nurse) if it was normal for my face, chest and arms to be really pinkish red (my checks yes but not normally my neck, chest and top half of my arms). They started asking me about allergies. I also turned really blue at one point, my lips and my hands and feet (cyanosis) , while this was happening I started out with tingling in my hands and feet (which I had experienced throughout the morning before going to the hospital) that actually turned into almost complete loss of feeling. I could not squeeze the doctors or nurses hands when asked, not even when looking down at my hands and concentrating. I never mentioned that part to my doctor, I don’t know why but I did not think of it. Since Monday I have also been having coughing fits that leave me breathless and gasping for air. I was doing that in the office too. He said it sounds like it is possible that I may have whopping cough, which the doctor at the ER mentioned last night as well because I was doing it then too. [...]

  • Health & Wellness
  • Round two

    I don’t know where to start but want to keep people update and am still hoping for some ideas, comments or suggestions on what I should do next if this keeps happening. I really am a bit lost. And I really need to get this figured out ASAP. Is there something important I am missing? Or that they are overlooking?

    And sorry another super long post. And I promise I will visit some blogs tomorrow if I do not end up at the hospital again.

    I left work by ambulance because of the same thing as Monday, only it was worse. I spent the morning alternating between coughing and struggling for air, it got worse about 30 min of taking my inhaler (Ventolin) and I got really itchy and my hands feet went numb again. I let a couple of coaches know and they called an ambulance. [...]

  • Health & Wellness
  • Last two weeks in a nutshell

    Okay so I am only really going back to the weekend before last since anything before that and post dentist appointment (last post) is a bit of a blur… I went home to my parents for a visit before they took off last Friday for a trip to Ontario and through the US. Since my brother’s brother was visiting for a few weeks it also seemed like good timing as he lives in Moncton, New Brunswick which is 466 km/289.6 mi from Digby, Nova Scotia where my family is. He is 264 km/164 mi from Halifax, Nova Scotia where I live if you drive around and less then that if you take the Ferry to Saint John, New Brunswick. Anyways…

    My brother is adopted if you are wondering and he has 5 siblings between his birth mother and birth father (he was the first born) and was adopted by my parents and I. Since I was 11 and had a say in the whole thing (which was cool), I fee I can add “I” in there. I will maybe do a longer blog post about that later since it will give me something to blog about later this week. But moving on.. Sorry my train of thought is a little awkward and all over the place right now. You’ll see why in a few more minutes. [...]

  • Everyday Stuff
  • A little bit of inspiration

    I think that almost everyone can say that they have been inspired by someone at some point in their life. This could be someone living who they have met, someone who they have never met or someone who died long before they were even born. Either way, that person or persons have had a big influence on their life or has just served as a source of in inspiration.

    I would have to say that for me it would be both Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan both pictured above. A lot of people have at least heard of Helen Keller. She was born in Alabama in the US in 1880. Around the age of 19 months she was struck with illness (most likely Scarlet Fever or Meningitis) which left her both deaf and blind.

    Who most people are not so familiar with however is her teacher Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan was born in 1866 and at the age of 20 in 1887 went to work with Helen at her home in Alabama. Anne herself was visually impaired from untreated trachoma that she contracted around 7 years earlier. She quickly went to work teaching Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand. [...]

  • Health & Wellness
  • More testing

    I installed a new glossary plugin called WP Glossary. So lets test it out. The dotted links below are glossary terms and definitions. Regular links are blue.

    I had some more testing done today on my vestibular system and to help diagnose whatever is wrong with me. The first test called a [glossary slug=”vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential-vemp-2″]Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP)[/glossary] test. According to the technician or whoever she was that did it I had an abnormal response and my muscles kept responding to the sounds long after they should have stopped.

    She said this is indicative of [glossary slug=”superior-canal-dehiscence-scd”]Superior Canal Dehiscence (SCD)[/glossary] but does not completely confirm it. I will need a [glossary=”high-resolution-ct”]high-resolution CT[/glossary] to confirm it. She gave me a pamphlet on it from the Vestibular Disorders Association. A defect in the bone causing the absence of [or a very thin covering of] the [glossary slug=”superior-semicircular-canal”]superior semicircular canal[/glossary] or a physical trauma to the head that can cause it to break completely [or just be thin enough it is not protecting anyhthing] can lead to vertigo and hearing loss. [...]