September 12-18 is BALANCE AWARENESS WEEK. I want to invite you to make this little flamingo your profile photo on facebook and take a look at this pdf listing the top 10 facts about vestibular disorders.
Also, please follow VEDA on facebook!
The fact that struck me most about vestibular disorders is that there is no cure for most of them. You know, we take our balance for granted until we lose it. Most of us just bounce out of bed in the morning without giving it much thought. Some are not able to maintain their balance well enough to bounce out of bed.
The most commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis, Ménière’s disease, secondary endolymphatic hydrops, and perilymph fistula. Vestibular disorders also include superior canal dehiscence, acoustic neuroma, ototoxicity, enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome, and mal de débarquement. Other problems related to vestibular dysfunction include vestibular migraine and complications from autoimmune disorders and allergies.
If you’ve ever had a head cold and your ears get plugged up a bit, sometimes it can cause you to lose your balance. Aren’t we thankful that this condition will eventually pass? I could not imagine having a disease that I knew would not go away.
I’m reminded of the perfection that awaits us in Heaven one day.
Today I hope you’ll take a moment to say a prayer for folks with these conditions. A friend of mine has problems with balance because of an autoimmune disorder. She takes about 40 medications a day and I think one of them is to help with the balance issue. It seems that while each medication helps what it’s supposed to help, it also causes a side effect which in turn needs a medication to make that side effect better… such a vicious cycle really. We’ve talked and laughed about it several times, and she ends up saying, “You know, one of these days I’ll have a brand new body and won’t have to take a single pill.”
I agree… these bodies are so fragile – and at times fickle. Our new bodies will be perfect! 🙂