This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and I am posting late. Happy Fall to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere.
I’ve been almost entirely absent from serious knitting and posting since the middle of July when suddenly, what I called “my affliction” appeared.
I couldn’t hear well with my right ear, but tinnitus, roaring sounds, and my heartbeat were all too audible; I was occasionally dizzy when I stood up; both ears felt plugged despite no swimming or travel up hills; high pitched sounds caused pain; on the right side, my head, eye, and ear hurt most of the time. After 3 weeks I made an appointment with my Family Doctor and he sent me off to an Ear, Nose, and Throat doc. She sent me for an MRI and hearing test.
Small aside – there are new MRI machines that have a head set fitted cleverly with mirrors so it feels like you are looking straight ahead into the techs’ room, and not suffering the claustrophobia that comes from staring right up at the inside of the tube. Such an improvement!
I am grateful that the interval between onset and diagnosis was very short and give thanks to the Canadian health care system. Although short, the interval was an emotionally disturbing time – fearful anticipation alternating with just wait and see self-talk, worried husband who thinks everything is a sign of cancer, being so distracted by what was going on in my head (both the physical and the emotional) that I could not concentrate on anything at all. That’s not entirely true. The yarn-eating poodle had a Total Recall Class. For those 45 minutes, once a week, I thought of nothing else.
And then there was watching television. I am not in charge of the remote control and the high pitched noises had my husband, the one in charge, frantically and endlessly trying to reduce the volume. Important aside – I don’t want to be in charge of the remote. I’m knitting, don’t you know, most of the time.
The diagnosis was a huge relief – I have cochlear Ménière’s disease. Fluid in the ear causes all those symptoms and a diuretic ought to solve it – hasn’t seemed to work quite yet but I have hope. The good news is I don’t have regular Ménière’s disease. It’s characterized by quite debilitating and dramatic attacks of dizziness.
I am feeling much better and so very thankful that I am happy back to knitting and posting. The image is gorgeous heritage tomatoes and a cowl that I did manage to knit during that time. It’s an aran weight cashmere in stunning tomato colours, simply knit 1, purl 1 in the round over an odd number of stitches.