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Like a Whirlpool Living Within

Well, I am dizzier than ever. In fact, I am home from work again today. I went in, but I can’t walk without holding on to walls or furniture. Not only that, my vision is a bit blurred and my stomach is spinning, too. The antibiotics and the bugs are having a serious argument — and I am losing.

I just woke from a lovely nap — which didn’t help much at all. I dreamt I was riding a roller-coaster without wearing a seat-belt, and I had to hold myself in the car. Now my arms and shoulders are stiff. I suppose I was trying to hold the bed still. I would probably still be asleep, but apparently I was taking up more of the sunbeam than Chrissy wanted to share, and she exerted all of her puny 9 pound effort to move me — and since her effort comes equiped with claws, it worked.

When I was a kid my friends and I had a rope swing that we would stand on and swing out high over the top of the road. This was always best if we first twisted the rope as tight as it would go, so while swinging we’d spin like a top — and the whole time we’d be singing: Dizzy. It was all fun and games until somebody threw up. Today that’s how I’m feeling.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Gosh! Danged Doctors just never get it right! We used to twist the swings on the swingset up as high as we could get them and unspin and jump off before it completely stopped. Amazing that we’re all still alive to tell about it. Feel better Quilly.

  2. Kat — it is amazing that we’re all still alive, yet we were by far healthier than kids nowadays. I was telling stories of my childhood one day last year in class, and Max said, “Stuff like that never happens to me!” “Of course not,” I replied. “In order for something like that to happen to you, you’d have to put the game control down and go out and play!”

    Polona — it doesn’t feel very good, either. I, too, hope I get better soon. So far today, no luck. Still spinning.

  3. I used to get that feeling on carnival rides. That does not sound good at all. I wish I could reach out and help you but i will add you to my prayer list.

  4. It sounds like how I felt last year when I had the bad inner ear infection. I didn’t have the spins that time but I do remember once being so sick with the fever it felt like my bed was spinning around and on a spring. It took all the strenght I had in my leg to keep the bed from spinning more. I’d have to put my foot on the floor. It seemed to help

    I hope you are feeling better soon, I will also say a prayer for you.

  5. Thanks for the prayer, Bill. I think the consensus is that I am not to take all three of my meds at the same time. That might be what made me worse today, instead of better. If I am not steadier in the morning, I’m calling the doc.

  6. UGH! STAY home! Stay OUT of the car! Geeeeeez…. Hope you are feeling better WAY soon!

    Thanks so much for your input on my “homeless” discussion yesterday! I really appreciate it!

  7. Quilly, i know this seems a bit silly, but are you eating while taking the antibiotics, they can REALLY mess up the stomach if you take them on an empty stomach.

  8. Sorry you are experiencing illness. Did you ever notice that the doctor’s really don’t cure us? They listen, if we are fortunate enough, mumble and scribble illegible word that we pray the pharmacist can decipher. Please get well A.S.A.P.

  9. One of my dad’s doctor nearly killed him, I don’t have much trust in doctor’s since. Too many have the mentality of seeing as many patients as they possibly can, and pretty much doing the first thing that comes to mind as far as treatment. You’re doctor is the exception, hold on to him for good…you’ll probably NEVER find a doctor that REALLY knows you as a patient.

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