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San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival parade

May 13th, 2003

Far Eastern Hills
Monday. I came home an hour early today and took an hour and a half nap. What I thought was a good night's sleep last night obviously wasn't. Quite dizzy Sunday, particularly in the evening, dizzy today. And tired. Lots of tired. The ears ringing more than they have in the past, so ringing ears are clearly a symptom of this thing, the top and back of the head aching, the back of the neck aching, the front of the mouth forward of the back molars feeling like a block of hard rubber, aching, but none of it really painful.

There's an extra jolt of the dizziness when I get up and out of bed and that's supposed to have something to do with the inner ear(s). The numbness inside the mouth I've attributed to the jaw operation, although it's only in the last year or two that the roof of the mouth has come to the fore. For the two years previous it was the chin and the gums around the upper and lower front teeth and the interior of the mouth now so active was - what? - numb? I've assumed it's the nerves working their way back, realigning, finding the old paths, but who knows?

An anonymous reader left a message in my guestbook listing seven "conditions" to search out on the web, all of them conditions that make you dizzy. I've had an MRI - MRA and a set of auditory - visual tests that were both negative, although I'm wondering about that second test, since it's evidently designed to find problems with the ears. There seems to be more ringing, you see. More ringing than usual. Unless they were flawed (you hope the negative MRI - MRA was good, since it's after the really bad stuff), I think I can eliminate most of the conditions the reader listed. For now. If it gets worse, they'll test again. The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale was mentioned having a good reputation in correcting these things. A few more days like these last two days and I'm on a plane.

Tuesday. I had a long night's sleep last night following yesterday's nap and today has been pretty much dizzy free. One day you're writing your will, the next you're thinking of investing in the long term futures market or starting a book, something expansive in multiple volumes to be published over the next decade, "Chapter One: The rain was subsiding as he sat in his window watching the morning light glow low atop the far eastern hills...."

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival parade.