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.