Twittering Tales — Otherwise

E7311388-3A1D-4818-863C-8A203FB666A1“Why do you sleep with so many pillows?” his girlfriend asked. “You have only one head.”

“I need two behind my head,” he said. “Otherwise I’ll get dizzy. I need one in the small of my back. Otherwise I’ll get a backache. And one beneath my knees. Otherwise my feet will swell up.”

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Jay Mantri @

JusJoJan — A Question of Balance

The word for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill was suggested by JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer. JP gave us the word “balance.”

247022af-5d0f-4156-b0df-702799d7c073I’m going to fight my inclination to write about the album from The Moody Blues titled “A Question of Balance.” It’s one of my favorite albums, but I’m not even going to mention it in this post.

I’m also not going to talk about the balance we all seek in our lives. How we strive to strike a balance between work and play, between job and family, between the blogosphere and the real world, between sanity and insanity. Nope, that’s not that’s not what this post is about either.

The balance I am going to focus on is the balance that allows us to function in our activities of daily living. The physical sense of balance.2b931054-c9c1-4b52-8333-a082ae344857I have generally been healthy throughout most of my life, with no major maladies. But I do suffer from two chronic, mostly just annoying conditions. One is tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. The other is something that is officially named Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). That means that I get dizzy if I put my head in certain positions. Because people with BPPV often feel dizzy or unsteady when they tip their heads back in order to look up, sometimes BPPV is called “top shelf vertigo.”

BPPV is thought to be due to debris that has collected within a part of the inner ear. This debris can be thought of as “ear rocks,” although the formal name is “otoconia.” However, no one is really sure what causes these “ear rocks” to form or to accumulate and to bring about the sensation of vertigo. I once asked a doctor what was causing my vertigo, and his response was, “It could be a million things. It could be a brain tumor.” That sure helped ease my concerns. Well, at least he didn’t tell me that it’s because I have rocks in my head!

Learning to live with vertigo is challenging because when it hits, it is debilitating. Everything is spinning. Sometimes I feel like I’m spinning. Other times I feel like everything but me is spinning. And when I get vertigo, it affects my sense of balance, and often causes nausea and vomiting.

Since this type of vertigo is triggered by the position of my head, I avoid putting my head in those triggering positions. For the most part, that works to help me avoid too many instances of vertigo. But when it does happen, my only recourse is to get in bed and try to sleep it off until the episode has passed.

So thank you, JP, for giving me the opportunity to share my balance challenge with everyone. Maybe at another time I’ll write a post about work/life balance or about the “A Question of Balance” album. But not today.

Friday Fictioneers — A Ground Floor Opportunity

img_1038Amanda called over to her shift supervisor. “Who’s gonna dust them things?” she asked, pointing to the decorative fixtures hanging from the high ceiling.

“Don’t worry about it, Amanda,” Henry said. “The property management company has a special crew they bring in every month to clean them. They have special equipment they use to vacuum those fixtures.”

Well, I’m new here, you know,” Amanda said, “but I’ll be damned if you’re gonna get me up there to dust those damn things. I get dizzy at heights.”

“No worries, Amanda,” Henry said. “You will definitely be staying on the ground floor.”

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Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.


30B491ED-B923-41A7-BDF6-8EAB9DD374DD“Whoa,” Martin said as he fell back down onto the bed.

“Are you okay?” Debbie said. “You look as if you’re going to faint or something.”

A slight sweat had broken out on Martin’s forehead. He felt dizzy and nauseous. “Give me a second,” he said, closing his eyes.

Concerned, Debbie asked, “Can I get you some water or something?”

Martin opened his eyes and smiled weakly at his girlfriend. “I’ve got this inner ear thing. I’ve had it for a few years and I usually know how to control it. But just now, when I tried to get up out of bed, I got hit hard by a spinning sensation.”

“You mean like vertigo!” Debbie asked.

“Yeah,” Martin responded. “It sometimes happens if I move my head in a particular position, so I try to avoid putting my head in those positions that could trigger the dizziness.”

“Ha!” Debbie exclaimed.

Martin, whose vertigo sensation seemed to have passed, slowly sat up, moved his legs around and off the bed, and tentatively stood up. “Ha? What do you mean by that?” he asked.

“I mean that I can seriously say to my boyfriend that he needs to get his head examined and mean it literally. Are you feeling better?”

“Yeah, I think I’m okay,” Martin said.

She smiled, walked up to him, wrapped her arms around his neck, and pressed her body tightly into his. Feeling his naked body respond to her embrace, she whispered, “I know a position that will really make your head spin…and in a good way.”

And she pushed Martin back down onto the bed.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “faint.”