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March 29, 2020

Notice Anything Missing Lately?

I thought it might be a good idea to tell you geeks why I have been so quiet lately, and not writing much of anything.The reason is simple: the health issues of a middle-aged man.

I suffer from Ménière’s disease:

Ménière’s disease (MD) is a disorder of the inner ear that is characterized by episodes of feeling like the world is spinning (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a fullness in the ear. Typically, only one ear is affected initially; however, over time both ears may become involved. Episodes generally last from 20 minutes to a few hours.The time between episodes varies.The hearing loss and ringing in the ears can become constant over time.

(Source: Wikipedia.) In my case, those occasional vertigo episodes can be quite bad. I use a walking stick at all times now, even at home: it’s not because there’s anything wrong with my legs, but because those attacks can come without warning. The sudden loss of balance has made me fall on streets and public transport and in the shower more times than I want to count. It’s good, quite essential to have that walking stick in my hand, to help me slow down and balance myself when vertigo strikes.

Just after Christmas, my balance issues were so severe and long lasting, that I was taken to hospital for a few days. An MRI showed that I had a lump of fat just behind my right ear, causing additional pressure on the inner ear and the balance organ. I got some medication for that, to dissolve the fat. However, that medication in turn caused extreme trembling as a side effect.

When the situation started to become OK and more manageable, I came down with an extremely high fever. As we live this terrible era of Coronavirus (COVID-19), I was hospitalized (again!) until the lab results demonstrated it was just a bad case of winter flu. I got back home a week ago, and have more or less been bed-ridden ever since.

Today, I am feeling relatively OK. With some care and not too much exertion, I will resume my normal activities and functions immediately. On my To Do-list, I have several new deployment, Hyper-V and other articles and posts upcoming. I hope you’ll stay tuned and read them as they get published. I have a lot of lost time to make up for. But at least, you now know why I’ve been so quiet lately.



Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

2 Responses “Notice Anything Missing Lately?”

  1. CountMike
    March 2, 2020 at 17:53

    Sorry to hear abut your troubles. I have similar problems with bad tinnitus in both ears but much worse in one. Complete loss of hearing in right ear but no problems with balance except for about 3 months about 8 or 9 years ago when i spent most of the time sitting in one position. looking at one spot. If I looked at anything else picture spun around like old TVs loosing vertical or horizontal balance. Luckily it passed but tinnitus stayed. It’s funny how I hear two different frequencies in both ears. I always have some sound like from TV or music during the night or I couldn’t sleep from ringing in ears.
    I guess that my reasons are different though as I lived pretty noisy life, from over loud music, car and motorcycle racing and shooting as well as many years in noisy factories.

    • March 2, 2020 at 18:18

      In 2010 and 2011, I had first one quite serious stroke, followed by two milder ones. The balance issues started thereafter, but it took another two years before the Ménière diagnose was confirmed.

      At the moment, it’s only my right ear that is affected. Really high, constant tinnitus, and I’ve lost not all but most of the hearing in my right ear. For instance, if I need to get up early, I do not hear the alarm (or phone / doorbell) if I sleep my left (“good ear”) against pillow.

      My doc tells me that Ménière is really a pain in the you know where, but as it is not fatal, you just have to learn to live with it.

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