I just felt off. For like an hour. My head was wrapped in cotton balls and my reaction time was just a half second slower than it should have been.
Internal Motivational Speaker whispered in: Hey. You've been a bit of a work nut lately. How about taking a few minutes and maybe walking around?
"No, no. I'm good. I have to finish this and I have the cruise the week of my anniversary, so I'll have a whole week to collapse and lay on the lido deck."
Hmmm. So explain the dizzy? Why are you feeling so dizzy right now?
"I don't know. Maybe because I've been staring at this computer screen for like five hours straight without much of a reprieve. Maybe my eyes are fried."
Could be. Or you could have some kind of brain deformity.
"What? Why the hell would you say that? I'm just a bit burnt out. And I've had like a LOT of caffeine. So I'm sure I'm just a little rattled."
Or suffering from some undiscovered, undiagnosed illness that starts with dizziness as a symptom. Google it.
"No. I am not consulting Google. NO. Back off and let me finish this."
Dr. Google calling. Come on, Kerri. You've been dizzy and sort of disoriented for over an hour now.
"You ... stop it. I'm not going to let you get me all frantic. I'm fine. I just want to finish editing this one article and then I'll take a break for a few minutes. I promise."
Fine. Don't say I didn't warn you.
"Warn me?" I took quick stock of how I was feeling. I was very irritable, short-tempered, and this weird feeling of swimmy dizziness was dominating my brain. Granted, I'd been sitting at my desk for at least an hour and a half straight and focusing intently on my column, but maybe I should think for a second and address this nagging feeling of disorientation. So, despite my better judgment, I Googled "causes of dizziness."
And five minutes later, I was convinced I was dying.
"Oh em gee, I'm dying. Like today."
I told you. You can't let something serious like dizziness go undiagnosed.
And it's also important that you listen to me when I talk to you because I know what I'm talking about. Finding out what's wrong with you, at least physically, is part of my job and ...
"Wait a second." I took out my meter.
Your health takes priority and you need to stay very tuned in to your body and thank goodness you have me because obviously you'd be lost with me and ...
53 mg/dl. I reached for some glucose tabs.
Oh. And then there's that.
I think it's waaaaaay past time for a vacation.