So yeah. Last Monday (5th June 2017) night, I suddenly had a bout of BPPV. While I was drifting off to sleep, I turned to my right and realised something was wrong – the room started spinning (even though my eyes were closed). So, I shifted to lie on my left again, and the spinning slowed down significantly, and off I drifted to sleep.
Fast forward one hour, my body was woken up by the extreme spinning – because I had unwittingly laid on my right again. This time, even though I shifted back to lie on my left didn’t work anymore – the whole room just kept spinning. I tried to sit up, walk, stand – it’s just the same. It just spun non stop, to the point I was feeling extremely nauseous. I was just thinking – okay should I wake my parents up to send me to the hospital?
I forced my wobbly legs to move to get to the toilet – I don’t know how I did it, but I did find myself sitting on the toilet bowl, with both my legs trembling and quivering like crazy while I was trying hard not to vomit. I finally forced my way back to the living room, and I leaned against the cabinet, debating with myself whether to wake my mom up or not. Coincidentally, my dad saved me from making the decision by coming out of his room, and subsequently got the shock of his life to find me standing there in the dark, trembling.
I kinda collapsed right there as he switched on the lights, simply because my legs wouldn’t support me anymore. He quickly moved me to the couch, and woke my mom up. After a while, I started vomiting. I think that worried the hell out of my dad, so much so that he called the ambulance to get me to the hospital.
Once I was there, the emergency staff gave me a jab to combat the giddiness, and sent me over to the waiting area to wait for a junior MO to see me. I waited for a good 2 hours, and I was still feeling very giddy at that point. So the junior MO saw me, made me explained what happened, went through all the “stroke tests”, took two big syringes of my blood and then sent me out to wait for another 2 hours. So after 4 hours, she called me in again, and I was still giddy. So she said she would ward me… and after yet ANOTHER 2 hours, the nurse finally called me over for warding registration. Geeeez.
And guess what? Right after the paperwork is done…. my BPPV somewhat recovered. Great. Thanks. /s
One hour after the paperwork was done, another MO came over to me and made me go through all the “stroke” tests again. Aaaaaand, he took another one (or two?) syringes of blood from me AGAIN. I had puked my dinner out, didn’t even had my breakfast yet, and I was having my period, and I got so much blood taken away from me. Geez. I told this MO that I did not feel giddy anymore, but he said I’d still have to stay in the hospital for at least a day, for observation.
Resigned, I just slumped on the chair. Yes, chair. Even though I was officially “warded”, the hospital had ZERO bed vacancy and even the “waiting room” was full, and I was asked to wait at the “Transit Place” (aka holding area) where there’s no beds – just armchairs. Oh, how helpful. After dozing on and off for about two hours, a senior MO finally came over to assess my condition. After I repeated my experience to her and telling her that I was okay now, she said that its just classic symptoms of BPPV and if I’m feeling all right, she sees no point in making me wait for a bed till god-knows-when. I’M SO GLAD. She made the MO write down notes to make sure the nurses didn’t send me up in case a bed is free, and she told me to stay in the holding area till lunch, and after I had lunch, she will discharge me if there’s no discomfort.
So yup, I was hospitalised, warded, and discharged – all on the same day.
The MO gave me medical leave for the entire week…. which of course, I took. I still worked from home nonetheless, but being at home also gives me time and freedom alternating between work and games and radio-ing Dota2 matches, lol.
One week after the ordeal, my thighs were suddenly aching so badly. Maybe its the post trauma kicking in to the muscles… I don’t know. Perhaps my body is just retarded, somehow…. let’s hope it’s just muscle strain or anemia, nothing serious!