Except instead of getting drunk off of wine coolers and rum (not mixed together..or wait.. can you? I just don't know) I woke up at about 3am this morning with the room completely spinning at warp speed.
So, I don't know if that's what woke me up or the screaming and crying of the kid upstairs. James has a cold and was up all night coughing so I'm sure that didn't help. So, even though I was super dizzy, not being able to fix my eyes on one object, with the feeling of my eyeballs bugging out of my skull, I got up to check on James and use the bathroom.
I was walking sideways.
I thought, "uhm..this isn't good. not good at all." I went a woke up Rick (which I felt horrible about even though he's off on Mondays, but still, I don't mind dealing with the sick kids). He took care of James while I laid back down. And that's what actually made it worse- the laying down! I felt like I was going to barf..feeling like I was on the Gravitron again.
This went on for 3 hours.
As soon as I would sit up for a bit (which helped) I'd get so sleepy that I gave going back to bed another shot. And as soon as I would do that I'd feel really ill again. It was now this Gravitron/rollercoaster nightmare. I wanted off of this ride.
To be honest, I kind of let my anxiety take over after a half an hour of this. But I couldn't think of a reason for this feeling.. "Am I getting sick? did I catch something? Do I have food poisoning? Am I having a stroke?" I know. I really do worry too much.
I felt my whole body get really cold all of the sudden, which I'm guessing was (maybe?) a drop in blood pressure. The nausea came and went. It was honestly, the weirdest thing I have ever experienced.
I ended up falling back to sleep for a little bit and woke up with a dull headache in the front of my head. I was weak, tired, and sore. And of course, I had to google this crap. I actually had a word pop into my head and couldn't remember what it was and it ended up being what I'm pretty sure I experienced:
I saw that gif file at the right hand side and was like "OH MY GOD YES! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!"
So I figure it could be a combination of issues that caused this.. obviously if it happens again I'm immediately going to the doctors. I don't play around. I could have been dehydrated, really tired, had some built up anxiety (last week was SO busy), and I do watch the worst shows right before bedtime (can't watch American Horror Story with the kids, unfortunately). It could have also been my very first migraine. I read more than once online that migraines come in all shapes and forms and vertigo is sometimes what a migraine experience is for some. I guess I'll find out.
I just am so scared it's going to happen again. I'm so thankful that it happened while I was in the comfort of my own home. I'd hate to be driving or in the middle of doing something really important with the kids with me. I guess now I (sort of) know how people who get migraines feel. Right now I don't know what my trigger was. But I'm sure I'll get to the bottom of it. I really want to know why that happened so I can avoid it. 'Til then, I guess I should just go and have a few drinks? At least I can earn some sort of street cred.