We are both giving good business to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford these days. Philip saw an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat) consultant yesterday to try and clear up the bouts of giddiness, nausea and vomiting he has been having since early April. It’s an inner ear problem, with the balance canals getting messed up somehow. Like sea-sickness, when what you see with your eyes doesn’t tally with the signals your brain is getting from the balance canals. “Help, you’re being poisoned–vomit!”
I had a hearing test, confirming that my right ear isn’t doing too well. The consultant did various coordination and balance tests, and jerked my head around (to see if the neck connection had become loose, maybe?) The conclusion is that I may, probably, have Ménière’s disease. There is apparently no definite diagnosis for that. It’s just a matter of ruling everything else out. We shall see. I have been put on a low salt, no caffeine regime, and prescribed something to take if necessary.
The good news is that I have not had any bouts for three weeks now. So we pray for the symptoms to stay away. And that I can adjust to not having any caffeine.