Most of my friends know this story, but I don’t think I’ve ever told it on here.
When I was six years old, I was climbing a tree at my grandmother’s house when two kids playing with an older brother’s air rifle decided it would be fun to use me for target practice. By some freak of luck they managed to hit me precisely in my left ear. The BB barely grazed the sides of the ear canal, punched a neat hole in the eardrum, wrecked the tiny bones which transmit sound to the inner ear, plowed through the liquid-filled tubes which enable the body to maintain it’s balance, and finally came to rest against the skull.
Of course, I didn’t know any of this at the time. All I knew was that my ear hurt, and the tree I was climbing had suddenly decided to launch itself into space. As I walked into the house to seek help, the earth bounced and spun in the most unnatural and disorienting of ways.
I tell this story now, because since that day and the weeks of hospitalization, surgery, and convalescence that followed it, I’ve never felt that way again… until last night.
I went to the BaltoLUG meeting at Borders last night. Which was great, by the way. I haven’t had that much fun geeking out since… ever. As it was winding down, though, I started to feel lightheaded and hot. When I walked out of the
store, I noticed that I was having a hard time keeping my balance. By the time I got home, half an hour later, I had to literally crawl into bed on hands and knees. I couldn’t walk the distance from the car to our room. When Stacey helped me take my temperature it was 94 point something. I’m feeling a little better this morning, but I still have trouble walking, and I have to move my head very slowly and deliberately to keep from getting dizzy and disoriented. Needless to say, I stayed home from work.
I have a doctor appointment at 2:45 today, and I really hope they can tell me what this is. This is one of the weirdest illnesses I’ve ever contracted. I have no fever; no stomach complaints. My ears don’t hurt. I just completely fail at balance. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this?