Saturday, January 3, 2009

Last Finish for 2008

I woke up the morning of New Year's Eve with terrible, incapacitating vertigo, which I've never had before. Has anyone else ever experienced this? I couldn't move my head more than a couple of inches without the room spinning and getting sick to my stomach, and I spent the entire day and evening in bed. Since New Year's Eve, dramamine (for motion sickness) has helped immeasurably and enabled me to be both ambulatory and somewhat functional, but it's a treatment for the symptom, not the problem.

On Friday, the doctor said many times a cause for vertigo is not known, but usually it goes away on its own. It may also recur at any time or not for 10 years or never. Hardly what I wanted to hear, and I'll be very happy if it will just go away now. The doctor has scheduled a cat scan to rule out other possibilities.

I am supposed to return to work on Monday morning; and even though the doctor has said I can drive while taking dramamine, it's not a prospect I'm really looking forward to.

It's hard to keep a dedicated quilter down though, so in spite of the vertigo, I did manage to finish up the last little bit of binding on the Tug of War quilt. Technically speaking I finished this quilt on New Year's Day; but out of 410 inches of binding, I only had about 18 inches left to hand sew, and I would have finished it on New Year's Eve had I not been flat on my back in bed. So I'm counting it as a finish for 2008.

Hope everyone else rang in the New Year in style. I've been catching up on blog reading today, and lots of bloggers seem to be very focused on either cleaning and reorganizing or contemplating goals for the new year. Either way, everyone seems to be looking forward to a fresh start, and that includes me too.

Along those lines, Amanda has already signed up for two challenges, one for Pay it Forward and the other for One Project a Month. The latter has more appeal for me, and the idea is to finish at least one project a month, whether it's a UFO (the original idea) or something new. I have a thousand and one UFOs, so that will be one of my goals this year.


Vicki W said...

That's a beautiful quilt! Very sorry to hear about the vertigo. That's horrible. I hope you are never visited by that again!

Lurline's Place said...

Oh, Sue - how dreadful your vertigo - please follow it through and look after yourself! You can't keep a good quilter down - your quilt lookds great! I'm off to check out this challenge!
Hugs - Lurline!

Barb D said...

The quilt is beautiful!! And I agree with you, it is a 2008 finish! I too hope that the vertigo never returns! That is truly scary! Stay well and hope to see you soon.

Norma said...

What a way to start the new year! Hope it was a once in a life time thing but glad you are having it checked out.

That quilt is wonderful, I really like the colors. Congratulations on a wonderful finish!

Take care of YOU!

Margo said...

Missed seeing you you are doing better...quilt is beautiful as usual....get well...

Gina said...

Oh sweetie I know what you are going through. I get it at not so regular intervals. I had an attack over Christmas, my first for a few years. I find it comes on when I'm stressed up to my eyeballs.
Keep calm and don't do too much, it will pass eventually. My attacks last for about a fortnight.
Thinking of you

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Gretchen said...

This is a beautiful quilt--some of my favorite fabric colors. It is so striking. Love it! Hope you are doing better with your vertigo.

Julia said...

This is a beautiful quilt... Hope you are doing better with your Mum had it and I saw how awful it was for her..
Julia ♥

floribunda said...

I've had the vertigo thing a few times, and I usually take a bunch of decongestant (like Sudafed) and lay low. A friend who has this chronically says that Bonine works better than Dramamine, so you might try that; it's over-the-counter stuff. It's great that you're able to do some textile therapy -- the quilt is beautiful!
(for the first time ever, the word verification is a real word: master)

austin said...

I hope you're feeling better! I had debilitating vertigo numerous times in the past. I had numerous tests.
Two considerations, one is to see an audiologist, another is that it has been brought on by your monthly cycle, as was my vertigo. Sorry, I don't know your age, this might not be the issue. Anyway, I hope your MD is able to find the problem soon.

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors and the pattern is striking!

My word verification is unpounce. Sounds like something a cat would do! LOL

Take care