Whoop! Sept 16-22nd is Balance Awareness Week.
According to the Vestibular Disorder Association…
The goal of Balance Awareness Week is to “defeat dizziness” by helping people recognize the symptoms of a vestibular disorder, and urging them to seek help from a professional vestibular specialist.
Possible Vestibular Symptoms are…
- Spatial disorientation
- Hearing changes
- Cognitive and/or psychological changes
- Rocking sensation
- Spinning sensation
- Feeling false sensations of movement
- You notice you are titling your head to one position
- It’s hard to maintain a straight posture.
- Tendency to look down
- Difficulty tracking objects with your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
AND the list goes on…
In addition, VEDA encourages the friends, family and coworkers of those suffering from a vestibular disorder to learn more about how balance dysfunction can impact their loved one’s ability to perform common day-today activities.
Family, friends, and co-workers IT’S CRUCIAL for me to alert you that a vestibular condition MAY NOT be something you can visual see, but those of us living with vestibular dysfunction are living with UNPREDICTABLE and LIFE-ALTERING symptoms.
WE ARE NOT dodging you when we have to cancel plans at the last minute.
WE ARE NOT trying to avoid work by having to call in sick.
WE ARE NOT unwilling to be intimate, it’s just one of the last things on your mind when you are chronically dizzy. (Yeah, I said it!)
It’s symptoms and the condition…NOT US and NOT YOU!
On to the victories…
#1. Was able to walk far enough to purchase lunch for Gram and I at El Pollo Loco! Whoop.
Side note: I walked into El Pollo and stood in line. As soon as I stood still it felt like I had just gotten off a treadmill. I felt as though I was still walking. Such a yucky feeling! I am hoping that continued practice will lead to habituation and that treadmill feeling will lessen.
#2 Pool victory.
Side note: I said that my first attempt running in the pool was less than a minute, but I had actually made it 2 minutes running in place in the pool! ALSO I realize I have NO CONCEPT OF TIME. The post I was referring too in the video was from May 20th 2012. So it has taken me 4 months to get to 19 minutes in the pool. I will take it!:)