BPPV: not a Minion language happy birthday!

7 07 2018

Yesterday it was my birthday, 46 years spent around this funny world and I was supposed to be in Italy for celebrating the wedding of a special friend Valentina and her partner, Ivano..

But I had not taken into consideration my typical bad luck: Monday I experienced some weird vertigo and dizziness that got worse on Tuesday (a day home from work, first time since China and before that maybe happened at university) nd on Wednesday when I managed to get to hospital, I got diagnosed by a full set of neurologist to suffer from BPPV, Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a disorder arising from a problem in the inner ear.

Yeah, something new in my life… that I could really happily avoid!

This disease is most common in women and at an age of 49 or older, it can be related to head blows, but 50% of the time is idiopathic. Guess in which category I fall?

The result is that basically every time I move the head my brain lose balance information and I feel like falling: I walk (and feel in my head) like a drunk man, without having been drinking though.. cheap hangover way, right?

The interesting part of this disease is that there is no medical treatment but there are maneuvers to be performed in order to solve the problem:

…where only the first one should be repeated for about 2 weeks in order to solve the problem. OK, guess again what I have been recommended to do? Of course the first one, because apparently the other 2 are too technical (!) for doing it at home alone. But,, still apparently, the other 2 should lead to a faster solution of the problem..

Anyway, baby steps. I feel better than Wednesday, better then Thursday when I had my first walk outside to test a little myself and then I felt like sh*t the rest of the day, and I had to decide to not travel to Italy to Vale & Ivano’s wedding.. and then I felt worse than sh*t.. still feeling (the wedding was a few hours go, the celebration now.. my heart and head are really heavy..).

Friday I decided to celebrate anyway my birthday with a sushi lunch (and a cake) and especially buying myself a new lens for my camera, a prime lens f/1.4 50 mm (and actually a used camera as well, but this will come later and have all her space).. and then I got a surprise by a very nice friend who did give me lots of Minions and a fantastic Aikido t-shirt:

And not only this, but I have been promised too a monkey present (before minions I was a monkey aficionados… Don’t ask!):

I cannot complain too much about my birthday day itself. The walk also was less destructive than the day before.

Baby steps, not only when physically walking but also mentally in my expectations of recovery.

Of course it’s not possible to practice Aikido and that is another aspect I have to control, mentally.

The thing that scares me the most about BPPV is that there is not assurance when (and if) it will disappear and if it will come back, and when. Actually it’s very probable it will come back..

Not so different again from my previous arthritis problem, but one was enough: I’m greedy, but not about diseases!!

Getting older for once should force me to be wiser and respect the baby steps approach.

Funny enough this vertigo feeling is keeping me away from alcohol: I really wish I could not feel this drunk!!

Ever, I mean it!!!

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Sweet Monday!

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Monday can start in a completely different way when you got a colleague who is baking such great cakes!

sweet monday

peanut cheese cake





Autumn colors

5 10 2016

Autumn colors..

..sometimes the way to work is not bad at all..





Relaxing morning 

1 10 2016
My precious tail.... #cat #simbad #amsterdamoost #tail #sleep

can’t be more relaxed

…nothing more to add this morning…





44+1- happy Aikido birthday to me!

7 07 2016

Special treat for my birthday yesterday night at Aikido practice at Aikido Amsterdam dojo: I hope it represents the introduction of a tradition developed in Norway.

What better way for Aikido people to celebrate their birthday on the mats receiving Aikido “hugs” in forms of throws and techniques by the fellow aikidokas?

I cannot think of a better way to show Aikido love 🙂

Aikido Amsterdam

Aikido Amsterdam – birthday treat

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Night light of A’dam skies

23 06 2016

Two nights ago, a strong slightly descendant full moon (no editing, point and shot with my mobile)..

Lonely Moon for a Lonely Man

..last night though a thunderstorm woke me up: fantastic lights as well, the lightnings and the sky, strong wind splashing against my windows the heavy rain..

Now the sun shines, but I biked to work in rain outfit and I got all prepared for going and coming from Aikido practice (8 km about per direction!).

Hail and locusts, we are ready for you!





Take my baby out for a spin…

31 05 2016

The sunny water (yeah, finally!), a ling working day, no Aikido practice and too many thoughts on my mind found a very good cure (even if I was far from dressed properly!):

Iaido in the sun

Mainly repetitions of basic cuts, shoatto from standing position and 8 cuts sequence..

Enough though to make me miss my Iaido obi and all my Iaido notes..

A good spin that helped my mind demons to settle a bit and reminded me of the joy of swinging my sword! Unfortunately left me with a boring pain in my left arm/elbow/hand (signs of my old arthritis coming back maybe or some very wrong movement).

…what you do not see in the picture is that I was in shorts, sandals and listening to heavy metal with earphones!! Not a proper uniform.. 😛