A friend of mine brought something to my attention earlier today that I had almost missed. For the past couple of years, I have contended with episodes of vertigo and lightheadedness. Some of it was correlated to stress, but more often than not, I learned that a lot of what I experienced had to do with the misalignment of the little crystals inside my inner ear (we all have them, by the way). Anyway, over time, I have learned to modify my exercises in such a way that my vertigo is minimally triggered, and I’ve made other important changes in my life, too.
Let’s be clear: there are some things that I still cannot – and should not – do. Roller coasters are pretty much out for the rest of my life. Reading in the car is no longer an option, but that’s been an issue for me ever since I was a child. And when I’m exercising, there are some things that I flat-out cannot do (a burpee or any other plyometric movement, for instance), but I have accepted this and have moved on. I’ve modified my life as best I can, and generally speaking, things have gotten a lot better.
So that’s what my friend remind me about today. I was taking her pilates class, and she commented, “Your vertigo has gotten a lot better!” I really hadn’t noticed, but she was right. There were things that about six months ago, I wasn’t able to do; however, today, I was able to do them with no issue. I’ll still avoid burpees like the plague, but I’m realizing that there’s a lot more that I can do, and that encourages me.
It occurred to me that sometimes God does something remarkable in our lives, but we’re so busy focusing on other things that we sometimes miss the gradual and slow healing that He orchestrates. When my symptoms were really bad, I thought about my vertigo a lot; however, as I started to improve, I found that I simply didn’t focus on it that much (and that was probably a good thing!).
Of course, I still have to do my part. For the rest of my life, I will probably need to very carefully monitor what I do physically, and this is fine. I can still exercise and be active, but steer clear of the things that jeopardize the homeostasis of my inner ear. Most importantly, I’ve learned to listen to my body. When it sends signals that something is off, I need to listen to them! These past few months, as I’ve done that, I’ve noticed that my symptoms have begun to subside; however, this has been a lengthy process, and there has been much to learn about my body (and God’s design for it) along the way.
So today, I am thankful that the only spinning happening in my life is the indoor cycling class that I take twice per week. 😉 Praise God!
Dear Lord, I thank You for restoring my equilibrium. This process has been a couple of years in the making, but I’m feeling so much better than I was even a few months ago! I realize that I have not been fully healed of this condition, but I better understand how to manage it (sort of like my asthma).
Thanks also for showing me that it’s possible to generally enjoy a really good quality of life, as long as I operate within the confines of what my body can handle.
Thank You for stopping (or greatly reducing) the “spin” in my life. This truly has been an answer to prayer! Forgive me for not fully realizing this truth until now. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.