Just wanted to give a little update from my last post and say a huge THANK YOU to evveryone who commented both here and on Facebook, offering both support and great advice!
GI issues: These miraculously improved on a weekend away from home. I am still having some minor issues, but nothing like I was. I have stopped drinking our well water and am going to have it tested. This is the only thing I have changed so far. I am going to start working with a registered dietician/ sports nutritionist to try to figure out my remaining issues.
Dizziness: Two weeks ago, I saw the ENT. He ordered more bloodwork ( all negative), a brain MRI (negative), and an evaluation with the physical therapist for vestibular paresis. The evaluation with the physical therapist showed definite signs of vestibular paresis and I have begun therapy for that. Just exercises at home for now. Once my babysitter (my mom) returns from vacation, I’ll be going to work with the therapist several times a week.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to test out any progress while running, yet. I managed to pull a hip flexor last week and haven’t run since I started doing them. I am still swimming and biking, but I didn’t get dizzy during those activities in the first place.
Also, this could be related to both issues: I found some mold in our house. This really didn’t surprise me. For each of the last two years we have had water in the basement about 4 months of the year. (When the water table is high, it comes up through the cracks in the floor.) While my son was away this past week, I did a lot of disinfecting, have had windows open almost constantly, and ordered a good-quality filter for our HVAC system. We are planning to move to a different house sometime early next year, I am working on accelerating that timeline.
So, anyway, things are looking UP around here! I don’t have it all figured out, but I have a plan.
And again, thank you so much for ALL of your advice and support!