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I never expected that for my birthday ...

Holiday dizziness A week ago, I turned 41. I had just come back from Lanzarote, our half-term holiday courtesy of the outlaws. I'd started feeling dizzy midway through the holiday. Before, I would like to point out, I overindulged on mine and Mr H's meal out. Delicious lamb chops, yummy, but because there were no suitable puddings, I had to have a rather large Amaretto. On top of the bottle each of wine, I did get slightly dizzy then! On the walk home, I was giving it the "Let's go skinny dipping" whilst closer to our villa, I was more of the "Juzlemmegetinbeddddd" type whisper. The next day I was rather ill but made the beach at 11.30pm! Not bad for me.

Post holiday dizziness Anyway we flew back on the Friday of half-term, and still back at work on the Monday, I felt dizzy. That was also my birthday. I ended up visiting the drop-in health centre, as my parents were here to look after Elf. Mum came with me, and had to then drive me to the doctor, because the nurse said "Oh dear you need an emergency appointment immediately as your blood pressure is 164/103"! Not even when I was pregnant was it that high. What a birthday present that was!

Directing my mum through the town traffic, as I wasn't allowed to drive, and trying not to feel worried, we got there and the lovely doc heard my heart roaring and promptly put me on bp tablets! He did say it could've been because of a virus that my bp was so high. I had experienced ear problems prior to the dizziness on holiday, and he said a virus could have entered through my ear. Or to my mind, it could've been the years of being overweight and not exercising enough and being too stressed.

Lifestyle changes I did explain that I'd made a huge lifestyle change (my job) and had felt less stressed than ever before, and that I'd lost half a stone since changing jobs (6 weeks). I felt a bit hard done by, which I know sounds silly, but I'd started making big changes, but maybe those years of abuse (mental and physical) were taking their toll.

I didn't feel like celebrating my birthday and instead of the pizza we were meant to have, we just went to MacD (not great for bp I know!).

Tablets I took my first one that night, and the second the next morning. I felt dizzy. The next day I felt dizzy. And the next. A pharmacist school mum friend said I'd probably get this for a couple of weeks. Great. Or even months!

The whole week I felt dizzy. It's the postural dizziness that is the problem, and seeing as at school most of the time I am going from sitting to running across the playground or classroom or corridor, then I can why I was constantly feeling dizzy.

I didn't feel myself either. I was worried about the bp. The doc said I should be pleased I had symptoms, or I could've just presented with a coronary! Talk about scaring the s**t out of me!

The remainder of the week I just coped. I got through the days and sat around in the evening, feeling too bad to get on with housework etc.

A week later However I am pleased to say that one week on, I am not feeling dizzy. For the first time today, either I am over it, or I forgot about it. Either way I have felt myself. I came home from school and cleaned the kitchen, cooked a roast, and have written this blog - I am feeling more like my normal self.

Let's hope tomorrow is the same, and let's hope I can carry on this good work of weight loss and stress-free work. I had some good feedback at work today again from the head, and have expressed my wish to help out with the languages at school (my dream) and have also found that my hours are not going to be cut (which some teaching assistants have been told). I had a really good day at work, and do feel like I'm doing a good job.

All in all, it's a good start to the week. I'm back on it! I need to re-celebrate my birthday though...

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