An Update


Thank you so much to everyone for your kind well wishes on my last post! I'm actually having a moment of clarity so I thought I'd write a quick update. I had a relapse of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome which is a rare disorder of perceived motion when there is none. I developed this condition following a cruise some years ago. While it's not life threatening, it can be quite debilitating since it feels like a really terrible case of perpetual motion sickness which causes dizziness, nausea, vertigo, migraines, a loss of balance, tinnitus, fatigue and anxiety among other symptoms. It sounds crazy but running water and certain machine noises have actually been nauseating enough to make me toss my cookies. I was in pretty bad shape last week to the point of being non-functional and only being able to keep down one meal a day. Benadryl and Valium have tempered the vertigo and I've also been on an Oriental medicine protocol which has yielded some positive results. Being outside makes me feel better provided I stay away from crowds and oddly enough being in motion on modes of transport has been comforting since it almost normalizes my equilibrium for now. I'm still tiring easily and can only concentrate for short periods but it's good to regain at least some sense of function. I'll be blogging again as my condition permits. I've really missed chatting with everybody and reading your blogs. I hope to try to catch up with you all soon.

So I was saving this photo of Lee Seung Gi for a feature I wanted to write about men's style but I'm putting it up now cause I needed a visual. I really like the clean cut layered look of his outfit here. I haven't posted any editorials with Lee Seung Gi but he's one of my favorite Korean entertainers cause he's just talented all around and I find his sweet boy next door image quite refreshing. It was recently announced that he will serve as a torchbearer at the London Olympics this summer.

Happy first day of Spring!

image via

45 comments

Bravoe Runway said...

Hello darling! I am sorry to hear you've had a severe case of motion sickness, I was on a cruise once and it was quite a windy day and the feeling is uncomfortable so I can only imagine...I hope you are feeling better!

Jian said...

:( *hugs* I am sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well at all. It's good to hear you have found certain remedies which help, and I wish you a speedy recovery. It is unfortunate and frustrating that there is so much that we don't know enough about in the medical field because otherwise you would have more effective treatment!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I so feel for you Rowena. I know it's been rough. I'm happy to hear that you are getting some relief. Take your time and get better. That's all that matters. Miss you very much. I can't wait until the London Olympics. I will definitely look for him. Thanks for the update.

Grace said...

Hope you're feeling well! Sending happy thoughts and well wishes.

ShyScout said...

Oh my!! I hope you are feeling better again soon. I am glad you are slowly feeling better though. We will all be here when you get back :]

Lee Seung Gi, is so dreamy. Tehehe, thank you for sharing this photo.

Eloquent English said...

Oh my goodness that sounds absolutely awful! I hope that you start to feel better soon! xoxo A-

hope in high heels said...

You poor thing... that sounds just awful! Am glad to hear you're feeling a little better and hope you get back on your feet soon...

Marie Martell said...

I'm so sorry you've been going through this but I'm happy your starting to feel better. If you need a recommendation for a great Physician, let me know.

xoxo Marie
http://nyorkeratheart.blogspot.com

alanyskpl said...

oh my :( i hope you feel better soon. you are a sweet person and good things will come!!

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

I hope you feel better soon. Someone very close to me suffers from meniere's disease and the symptoms are almost identical, I know how hard it can be. I'm sending lots of well wishes your way hon.

Deborah said...

I'm really sorry. Even though we've never seen I think I know you a little and I'm very loyal to my blogger friendships, unfortunately I don't speak English well, I hope to explain...I hope you feel better soon!!!

Mandy said...

Aww darling, I hope you make a steady convalescence - it's hard to understand how hard it must be for you but I'm sure it is utter anathema. Get well soon and I'm sending copious amounts of love and hugs your way!



<3 Mandy xx
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Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Oh gosh, that sounds just awful. I hope you get better soon. I can't imagine how awful you feel.

*Erin

Inés said...

I hope you feel better! Sound really awful!

Inés

SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

michellek said...

hmmm must look him up. i not know who he is but quite cute. that is a dream outfit. i love when guys dress like that. probably a lot of people have already today you to get better and stuff but i hope you feel better. it does sound pretty horrible. don't remember if i ever tossed my cookies but it doesn't seem enjoyable. you'll be in my prayers tonight

shirl said...

I'm glad to hear you're feeling a bit better. You might remember my telling you about a similar condition in my sister (I called it labyrinthitis back then but it might've very well been MDB) and then my hubby, which I hadn't discussed. Sister treated it with Chinese herbal medicine while hubby stuck with western medical practitioner's advice which basically was to periodically lie on his back, twist his neck and hold his head this way and that. It's a mystery as to the onset of their conditions and another mystery how it went away. Wishing you the a speedy recovery, babe.

jeanine said...

That doesn't sound fun at all, I get terrible motion sickness so I know how awful it can be to feel that way. :(

I hope today turned out to be a good day for you! Maybe posting that picture helped turn things around.

trishie said...

Oh no...sounds awful. Take very good care of yourself!

dimitri said...

I hope you get better soon. Take care.

Skinny Moonstick said...

So sorry you have to go through this... I hope you feel better soon... Actually, I have a weird motion sickness case as well- while driving a car is OK for me, I absolutely can't be on a swing, or look at anything swinging for that matter. It gets me very dizzy and feeling like vomiting..when I was little, my Mom couldn't figure out why I would get so sick every time she would rock me, or I would go on a playground swings and pass out right there.. Feel better soon!
Good luck!

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Sam said...

Hi sweetheart, its so good to hear from you again, I am sorry to hear you haven't been well. I can understand the type of illness you have and what you're going through because my sister-in-law had too. Same symptoms and everything. She also said that being in the car help with the vertigo. The strangest thing..she went to a specialist who figured out that hers was being caused by allergies (mostly cat allergies) and gave her some meds and now she's 100% okay. Hope you feel better.

Self-Dressed said...

get better!! :-)

xoxo
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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh darling I've been wondering about you and obviously hope you feel better soon! I get motion sickness occasionally and can imagine the discomfort of perpetually having that feeling!

Rest up and hope the boy next door images bring you comfort!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Danny Foto said...

Hope that your feeling better... I just can say that life sometimes gets ugly... You are a special person and many people care about you. Love is the perfect medicine to feel better again. Let love comes girl! Be strong :D

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Rola said...

I truly hope you are feeling better. I am a believer in Chinese herbal medicine and it should provide relief in your situation. Happy Spring!

HeyDahye said...

Feel better:)

lynnette said...

Oh dear oh dear vertigo is one of the worst things I've experience in my life and that was due to a viral illness last year... I can only imagine what you must be going through. All the best and hope you stay in good health! xx

Aurelia (A Pretty Life) said...

get better soon.......
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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh my! I'm so sorry to hear that. Sounds horrible and so debilitating. I hope you get better soon! xoxo

Punctuation Mark said...

so sorry about what's been going on to you... wish that you are feeling much better and get back to you 100% very soon!

classiq said...

So sorry to hear this. Get well soon! xo
Ada

Fashion Tales.... said...

Sad to hear about what's happening in your world at the moment. I'm hoping that you will get better soon. have a peaceful weekend. -xo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Rowena, sweetie, so very sorry to hear how awful you've been feeling ... that sounds positively unnerving. I so hope you'll be back to feeling fabulous soon. Poor baby! Sending love ~ xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

Marcela Gmd said...

Hi lovely, I hope you're feeling well!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

S A R A H. said...

get well soon :)
xo

http://www.noordinaryshow.blogspot.com.au/

Shop N' Chomp said...

Rowena, I'm so glad to hear you are on your way to feeling better. <3 Although I don't have this condition, I do get dizzy if I stay indoors for too long. :( I hope the weekend will allow you to get back to 100%!! :D

P.S What a hottie...haha!

Liz (Beauty Reductionista) said...

My goodness, I never heard of anything like this. How terrible! I'm glad you've been feeling better and that you managed to find out what the issue was. Good luck to you, dear!!

Maggie said...

I really hope you get better super quickly and fight through it! Best wishes!<3
*big hugs*

ShinyPrettyThings said...

i am glad to hear you are feeling better!!! *big hug* hang in there hun!!

ahhhh Lee Seungi!!! *_* looove his style

Samantha said...

Oh Rolala! I hope you are feeling better. I've been out of town and trying to catch up on my blogs. Hopefully, you are recovering quickly as it's no fun to be ill.

xo, sam

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Rolala! One of my friend's sister had this same thing and it's just awful! Hopefully it will get better for you and you will be back to normal soon! I've missed you!

xo Mary Jo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Hello dollface! Wow, sounds terrible..really sorry about it. I hope it will pass over and all will get back to ok for you. I know it's not easy dealing with such things and having to live life on the go too. BIG hugs from me to you :) Xxx

Bow Tied Beauty said...

Aw so sorry to hear that, I hope you are feeling better xx

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Marianne M. said...

aw i had no idea :( :( i wasn't aware of this particular condition but it does sound tiring. i hope that you will be fine well

Kathleen Lisson said...

I hope you are feeling better and I will keep you in my prayers. And thanks for the pic of the cute guy!!!!