So I woke up Thursday morning feeling incredibly dizzy. My first dizzy spell was on Sunday when Liz and I stopped into Starbucks before heading down to Chicago. I was standing in line to buy our lattes when the room began to shift. It started again on Wednesday, all day at my computer. Everything felt it...off. I compared it to a light beer buzz or a sinus headache, when the equilibrium is just slightly wrong.
Thursday was much worse. I woke up exceedingly thirsty, dizzy, nauseous, and convinced I was going to die of iron poisoning or diabetes. WebMD is useful in that it scares the pants off of you and convinces you to head immediately to the doctor. The ER receptionist was playing SCOUNDREL DAYS by a-ha, which I took as a good sign.
The ER doctor diagnosed me with vertigo. (He was as attractive as the name Gerald Lieberman suggests, so I've substituted pictures of The Doctor instead.) I now have equilibrium pills and an appointment to follow up with my GP next week. My mom had vertigo one time when she was about my age, but I remember her as being much worse. Apparently it can come on very suddenly with no advance signs. I feel much better today, not nearly so spinny. Thank goodness for insurance and medication!