What is happening to me!? I’m beginning to feel like I’m featuring in a low budget sitcom, being exposed to life’s “amusing” twists and turns. You’ve got to laugh! (I’m not sure what the alternative would be!).
Yesterday’s tooth trauma was followed up by an even more comical middle of the night incident…
Since the Heart Attack I have been prone to dizziness when I stand up too quickly. Usually this means feeling a bit wobbly, a sensation that typically passes in a few seconds. However, on two occasions now, middle of the night bathroom visits have resulted in comedy collisions.
One of the problems is that it’s only after I have started moving that the dizziness hits – It takes a couple of seconds to kick in. During these night incidents, I’ve been able to maintain my balance, my momentum and my course. Unfortunately however I lose my bearings, my perspective and as it tends to be dark, my vision. The net effect is that I keep walking until one of the following happens:
- I regain full consciousness and control; or
- I hit something.
Unfortunately our bedroom is not that large! So, option 2 it tends to be,
The first time this happened I had a minor collision with a door frame. Nothing serious, Quickly forgotten.
Last night, however, it was a large, heavy bookshelf that interrupted my night-time stroll. From what I can piece together, I hit it with three parts of my body almost simultaneously. My head, my right hand and my left foot. I managed to dislodge something sharp and then proceed to stand on it. Quite hard.
I’m sure it would have looked hilarious on camera. By this time I was disorientated, in pain and bleeding profusely from the underside of my big toe.
On the positive side, it was a huge relief to Louise that the ruckus was not directly Heart related. The last time we had a night time “incident” the outcome was a little more traumatic. (See Father’s Day (Approx. 00:30))
To cut a slightly long story short, I ended up in A&E (Accident & Emergency) first thing this morning being checked out and patched up. Fortunately Louise’s night-time treatment using Daughter #1’s “Foot Treatment Kit” was spot on.
While flip flops are likely to be my preferred form of footwear for the next few days, there shouldn’t be any lasting damage.
Golden Rule #1: Stand still for 5 seconds after standing up to allow any dizziness to disperse.
Golden Rule #2: Don’t drink cups of tea within an hour of going to bed.