Fragile Days #MenieresDisease #Hyperacusis #YOPD #Dystonia
It was 80 degrees and sunny. Such a nice day. A dramatic change from the days I’ve become to used to lately. While we have been having a nice run of rain free days, today was especially glorious.
I lit the grill on the deck, felt the heat on my face from the sun and then the neighbors appeared. Not to my eyes, but to my ears. They were running the weed whacker. The sound of the small engine whirring and the spinning of the cutting wire through the grass was wreaking havoc with my hyperacusis.
But we needed to eat and I wanted to make a nice meal for wife. I kept at it, going outside only when necessary to check the meat on the grill. I passed inside to the kitchen, then out to the deck. Exposing myself to the pains of the sounds.
My wife has been working so hard lately, I wanted her to sit still and relax. I finished cooking, we ate and I must say it was wonderful. My head was swimming a bit. I felt as though my brain were beginning to slip. Like gliding on a banana peel.
After dinner, I sat down and remembered I was expecting a delivery. I tracked the package and was alerted it had been delivered. I got up to go outside and get it, and my wife asked me to also check the mail. I opened the door. The weedwhacker was not operating so the environment seemed safe. I walked down the driveway to the mailbox. The neighbors were now working on their lawn mower. Trying to getting it started. I new the clock was ticking. I needed to get back in the house before they fired it up.
I grabbed the mail and headed back up the driveway when a car drove by.
It was the kind of car with one of those mufflers that lets everyone in a mile radius know where they are. The driver revved the engine, the power of it amplified through the muffler, carried on the broken sound waves straight to my brain.
I stumbled, but didn’t fall. The world spun. The vertigo was instant. I fought my way through the dizziness surrounding me to get back into the safety of the house. But the damage had been done. I could not make it through the doorways without hanging onto them for stability. The rotation, the spinning, the lack of gravity. The end of a glorious day. This attack lasted 12 hours.