I know that sounds like New-Agey mumbo jumbo, but today I learned differently. I don’t think I’ve mentioned the difficulties my husband has been having lately. When he wakes up and tries to get out of bed in the morning, he is very dizzy and in fact sometimes collapses a time or two before he succeeds in getting upright. We assumed it was an inner ear infection, because he seems to be prone to them—but it didn’t go away after a few days. Then earlier this week he went deaf in one ear.
So he made an appointment with the best ear-nose-and-throat doctor in town, whose wife is an old homeschool friend of mine. The kindhearted doctor came in early this morning to see Walter before his regular appointment schedule started.
Turns out Walter had two different problems. The hearing loss was due to wax buildup, and that was easily solved. The dizziness was due to the crystals in his left ear being out of alignment. I am not making that up. The treatment involved moving his head and body in the “Epley maneuver” and sitting quietly for ten minutes before trying to drive home (I had gone with him just in case). If all went well, his crystals are back in alignment and he just has to be careful the next few days not to jar them. He reports back to the doctor on Monday.
So what did we learn? A. That your ears have crystals in them. B. That the crystals can fall out of alignment. C. That when this happens, it’s very unpleasant and causes dizziness and vertigo. D. That getting your crystals re-aligned is possible and not too complicated. Isn’t life fascinating?
I have bounced from task to task today. I started organizing some of my letter-writing supplies and made 21 new envelopes.
By the way, I have enough notecards to last me for several months, and I continue to write at least one note per day, so if you would like a handwritten note from me, please message me with your address and I will add you to my list!
I did get my walk in today, having had to skip yesterday due to the grill pickup drama. I have not pushed myself with exercise this week as I have learned I am no longer young enough to get away with that when recovering from even something as minor as a head cold.
I have a nest of fire ants in the cement block wall of my main vegetable garden bed and am trying to evict them without damaging my plants. I will let you know if I succeed! And I think the cucumber bonanza is over. There are many baby cucumbers that will never grow up to be picked and eaten because the plants are so ravaged by powdery mildew despite all my efforts, We’ve had cucumber sliced and in salads (including one based on tzatziki sauce) and even cucumber lemonade. I’ll be planting some new cucumber plants this weekend to replace the sick ones eventually.
Also, I’ll try not to talk about it anymore here, but I am writing this month and blogging about it over on my writing blog here:
Just in case you are interested in following my writing adventures!