The flash floods and downed trees and torn-up road took a greater toll on me than I realized.
Two days after I wrote my last blog post I went to the doctor because of dizziness, weakness, problems with balance, and nausea. There was no bacterial ear infection, but the doctor felt that my problem was caused by an inner ear problem. He prescribed medications for the dizziness and nausea. Noting that two years ago my stomach had torn open, and I had to have a blood transfusion and spent 5 days in the hospital, he said that if I began vomiting blood to call an ambulance.
Coming out of the pharmacy where I had the prescriptions filled, I became sick and did vomit what looked like blood. Because we were literally next door to the doctor’s office, we returned there. The doctor called an ambulance, and I was taken to the large medical center about 30 miles away with my invalid husband riding in the front of the ambulance with the driver.
At the hospital, emergency personnel determined I was not vomiting blood. It was the remains of blueberries I had for breakfast. Who knew that blueberries apparently turn red in the stomach? Nonetheless, I was kept overnight in hospital for observation. The emergency room doctor was concerned that my heart rate jumped to over 155 beats a minute when I stood up, and he wanted to do an MRI on my brain to be sure nothing in the brain was causing the dizziness. I was more worried about my husband than I was about myself, but he was able to stay at my dad’s house (Dad is almost 90 years old and is as fit as a fiddle for his age). Our daughter arrived from out of town the following day to drive us home.
Ultimately, the diagnosis was that I have a virus, exacerbated by two things: 1.) the stress of being the sole caregiver for my invalid husband for over a year, and 2.) the exhaustion of trying to keep up our property, and after these recent storms of trying on my own to remove small fallen trees and fill in mud holes and drop-offs on our damaged road.
I am much better now but still slightly woozie. Tomorrow I go back to the doctor for a follow-up visit. And we have determined that we will hire a lawn care company to do the mowing, trimming, edging, and other landscape duties on our property. I won’t be working on the road again either.
When I returned home I was happy to see my flowers doing well. However, I didn’t feel like trying to photograph them until today…
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” (Luther Burbank)