Monday, January 14, 2019 – Round and Round

It’s 9:30 in the morning—about five hours past the time when I like to be here. I’m still in bed, but I should be on the way to get my hair done. I’ve made a couple of phone calls and sent a couple of texts to cancel and reschedule a few things. I’m sitting very still and doing my best not to move my head.

One word: vertigo. And vertigo’s close companion: nausea.

I knew the second I surfaced this morning that I had it again. It’s the worst possible time for it to show up (there is no good time for this menace, but I’ve got some major stuff happening later this week and vertigo is not part of the plan).

If you haven’t had it, I don’t think you can appreciate the impact of something that sounds unpleasant, but is still relatively benign. I certainly didn’t understand what it was like before I experienced it for the first time three years ago. It’s all-consuming, overwhelming, and just plain awful.

Last time it took me out for weeks. I’m praying for a fraction of that so it doesn’t impact plans we made months ago. I covet your prayers.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Linda, I understand your situation from the perspective of another victim of the menace called vertigo. I’m praying for a reversal of your symptoms in the short term so you can continue on with your plans. So sorry you awoke with this happening.

    1. Ah, Sherrey, you are all too well acquainted with menaces. This forced downtime gives me time and opportunity to pray. I’m doing that for you right now.

  2. Dear friend, I join your chain of friends and family who will pray for you. Several years ago, this happened to my daughter once She woke up one morning with the sensation that the bed was spinning. She tells me now it lasted only a day. I hope a swift recovery for you too, Linda.

    1. Your prayers are much appreciated, Marian. I clung to your comment after I saw it yesterday afternoon, praying that this episode would be a short one, like your daughter’s. This morning, it’s better. Not gone, but better.

      1. Praise the LORD!

        1. Praise the Lord, indeed.

  3. I’ve had vertigo, and agree it’s a dreadful menace. It definitely stops you from enjoying life. When it arrives, you know it will be there for a period of time, and you know it will leave eventually—but on its own terms! Wishing for a very brief episode for you, and hoping you are feeling better soon.

    1. Thank you, Diane.

  4. I’ve had it once before, and I hope never again. You have my deepest sympathy!

    1. Oh, thank you, Becky. Sorry to hear you’ve experienced the dreaded spinning too. I hope it was a one time thing for you and that this is the last for me too. It’s the worst.

  5. The dreaded vertigo! I can identify with this horrible ailment. Several years ago I had a severe attack and even when I recovered, for months my gait was affected and I lurched along the footpath as though drunk. More annoying than embarrassing…
    Nowadays, if I wake to a spinning head I immediately pull the covers up and sleep for a few hours and I recover.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and coveted prayers have been said.

    1. Thanks so much for praying. I appreciate it deeply. Sorry to hear you’ve suffered too.

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