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Physical Therapy Rocks into the River of Dreams


Our prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “In the.” Start your post with the words “In the” – that’s the prompt! Enjoy!

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In the beginning, I thought of a couple of song titles like ‘In the Middle of the Night,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” and “In the Year 2525.” The latter is a somewhat depressing song, but I liked it when it came out in the early 70s maybe? I have to check…… Well, I was close. It was 1969. My first car was a ’69 Doge Dart. It was used of course. That car took a lot of neglect from me, but it was still running when I sold it a few years later. A lot of crazy stuff happened in that car. I should change the subject, now, quickly, before I reveal too much.

I want to make sure I share about my physical therapy for mild vertigo. But I also want to make sure I thank Maggie, who blogs at From Cave Walls, for encouraging me to get to a physical therapist soon. My dizziness was relatively mild, but she encouraged me to nip it in the bud.

What I learned was fascinating. I might use that word too much, but I like it and so does Mr. Spock. Where was I?

I did not have the common crystals run amuck in my ears. The problem was with my vestibular nerve. Maybe there was a virus or something that triggered the dizziness. But I’ve always been “motion sensitive” getting motion sickness since childhood. The PT exercises I learned over four sessions involved a lot of head turning. But first there was the test where you read an eye chart while the physical therapist shakes your head back and forth. When I first went in, I failed that test miserably. (The therapist did not say this of course.) Most people can read 2 to 3 fewer lines on the eye chart while their head is turning compared to when it is not. I had a difference of 8 or something. I could barely read the second line with my glasses on! After the fourth PT session, which is what Medicare would pay for, the re-evaluation test revealed that I had a difference of only one line! I did almost as well with her turning my head as with my head stationary! I was ecstatic! I asked her, “Were you turning my head just as fast?” She assured me that the head turning part was the same. I hadn’t done all my PT exercises every day, but I did some of them on most days, and it paid off! The dizziness is rare now, and much less noticeable. Doing the exercises on my own occasionally should keep the dizzies away or at least under control. They might even help with motion sickness, but I’m not taking any chances if I go on a boat or plane.

Good thing I stepped out of the stream for a minute to look up the song, “In the Middle of the Night.” Good ol’ YouTube showed me that it’s really titled, “River of Dreams.” All these years, I liked that line, “in the middle of the night,” and didn’t really know what the song was about except that I liked the sound of it. Turns out, it’s a good song, and very fitting for the stream of consciousness.

Below: one of my pieces of physical therapy equipment and goats at the sanctuary.

Remember to visit Linda’s post at the link above for more info and streams of consciousness!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

13 thoughts on “Physical Therapy Rocks into the River of Dreams

  1. Interesting physical tests. I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m glad you got relief from your dizziness.

    • Thanks, Jenny. I had not heard of these tests either and learned a lot. I didn’t mention in the post that the staff there were all young, friendly, and very knowledgeable.

  2. I am so glad you had PT, JoAnna. The vestibular system is so complex. I still do the head movement exercises every day. I am so pleased you were able to get some relief! Dizziness is frightening and it can be debilitating. I love the Billy Joel song. Perfect for today!

  3. I’m glad you’ve resolved your vertigo with PT. One of my good friends has been suffering with a severe case of it, which comes and goes and I believe is related to stress. I hope she also finds a cause and resolution because it can really upset life. I hope you remain dizzy-free for a long time to come, JoAnna.

    • Thanks, Mary. The way vertigo comes and goes is such a mystery, but I’m thankful to have tools to keep it at a minimum. Stress makes all physical ailments worse. I hope your friend gets better.

  4. I had a short bout of Vertigo in the early part of last year. Too many things happened that month.
    My husband had Vertigo the previous year and he went to see a doctor who shook his way every which way. We laughed at it then. But with his experience of how well it worked, he helped— shook my head for me. We rolled with laughter again.
    But you know what? It worked. 🤣
    Crazy thing.
    So happy to hear you’re better now. Stay well.
    Thanks for the Billy Joel song. I love that one. 👏
    Blessings my friend. 💕

    • It’s amazing what a little shaking up can do when done right. I’m glad you laughed about it. Thanks for the blessings, Selma. I wish you and your husband blessings, too. 🙂 ❤

  5. I love that song! I had Vertigo a few times. It is so awful. One time I got it right after a good friend of mine passed away. I had been on vacation when I found out and didn’t want to put a damper on the family vacation. Well, apparently the stress of keeping all the emotions in caused the vertigo. Not everyone believes in stuff like that but I think it was clearly true.

    • Thank you for sharing about your experience. Stress does play a big part in our physical health, and I’ll definitely pay closer attention to that possibility if it returns. I’m sorry about the loss of your friend and can understand how finding out while you were on vacation would feel surreal and throw things out of balance. Here’s hoping we both stay healthy and well-grounded.

  6. My sister has been experiencing the same thing. She was told about the crystals in the ear but she says it started with the vaccines. She’s had 2 shots and a booster. However, she is also one to hold in all her ‘bad feelings’. I call her Pollyanna sometimes.
    At this age we always have to ask, “Is something wrong or is this just normal aging?”

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