Today I was reminded that with my age and recent health issues, I should remember to take it easy and not to think I am still an invincible young man. Suddenly after 2 AM when going to kitchen to get more coffee I completely lost my sense of balance. Could not stand or walk, had to lie down in kitchen floor.
Took me some time to get myself to bed, then half an hour to decide to call emergency services. Notarzt (excellent German system for emergency physicians
) arrived a bit before 4 AM. Got a shot to calm me down, now at 10:30 AM waiting to be driven to laboratory for some tests.
Have already talked on phone with my own doctor, it seems that the very recent (week and a half ago) flu, high fever and acute bronchitis made my inner ear issues (Ménière's disease
) worse; I am already used to occasional balance and hearing issues but this is the worst I have had. Usually when it happens I lose my balance and hear very badly for 5 minutes to 30 minutes, vomit once or twice and then everything is normal again. Now the sensation is constant, at the moment already over 8 hours and the headache connected to these "attacks" getting worse instead of the usual, gradually disappearing.
Had to finally admit my age and health issues when my doctor sent someone from his office to bring me something just half an hour ago and it took me almost 5 minutes to get to the door, all the time yelling "Do not go away, I'm coming!"
BTW, this is what my doctor sent me so that I could at least move at home (refused to go to the hospital for observation as was suggested):
I've had one walker before, with wheels, got it after a stroke some years ago but have already given it away, thinking I will never need it again...