Wednesday, 23rd of August
Ah, a hard-won day off. Although my PICK (Partner In Crime Krista) was busy working later in the afternoon, we managed to meet for breakfast at a coffee joint in town nearby but not in the ongoing festival madness. Although this area is normally a short, sweet cycle for me, when I arrived I described to Krista that although I felt more or less okay, I felt strangely drunk. We also had to air out a bit because the morning was a bit damp and humid (Tennesseeans know all about that)!
After my weekly dose of much-needed gal time, I headed home where eventually Haitham, too joined me, having taken a half-day from work to do A Thing. That’s a thing I’ve been pestering him about for ages–and well I should, considering this was a gift I got for him in January of the year, to be used sometime within the year. The gift? A race course experience at Knockhill Racing Circuit!
Check out those squinted eyes. Apparently the helmet’s visor didn’t exactly block out 100% of the breeze!
Thursday, 24th of August
When I woke up and felt more or less the same as I had the day prior, Haitham convinced me to go to the doctor. I reluctantly agreed, and within about ten minutes of my appointment, I was walking out with my diagnoses sheet and prescription in hand: vestibular neuritis.
Here’s the highlights:
- Vestibular neuronitis, or neuritis, is an infection of the vestibular nerve in the inner ear. It causes the vestibular nerve to become inflamed, disrupting your sense of balance.
- The most common symptoms of vestibular neuronitis are dizziness and vertigo – the sensation that you, or everything around you, is moving. This may cause you to feel nauseous or be sick, have difficulty concentrating and blurred vision.
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, with some people feeling that they’re unable to remain upright for the first few days. In most cases, the symptoms appear suddenly during the day or when you wake up in the morning.
- After a few days, you can usually start moving around, but will feel dizzy and easily tired. Even after a few weeks, you may feel some dizziness when being active, particularly away from your home.
- You should also avoid driving, using tools and machinery, or working at heights if you’re feeling dizzy.
- You won’t make your condition worse by trying to be active, although it may make you feel dizzy. While you’re recovering, it may help to avoid visually distracting environments such as: supermarkets; shopping centres; busy roads
- These can cause feelings of dizziness, because you’re moving your eyes around a lot. It can help to keep your eyes fixed on objects, rather than looking around all the time. Once you’re over the worst phase of the illness, physical activity helps you recover, even though it will be unpleasant at first.
Ughghghghgh FOR REAL?
Needless to say, any photos I took were V.N. related that day. So here’s one for you too!
Friday, 25th of August
Wooooooooork. And so begins my “Clarissa Is No Longer Safe to Drive for the Foreseeable Future, So Let’s Turn to Trains Instead!” stint. Which, spoiler alert, will turn very quickly into a total palaver. (Notice there are two bikes already piled on here, mine just resting alongside as the racks inside the traincar are only meant to hold two max. More on that one to come… I’m looking at you Scotrail!!)