Self-Portrait Challenge: Skill, Week 4

I almost skipped participating in the Self-Portrait Challenge this week, not because I don’t still enjoy the challenge (I do!), but because I’ve felt so crappy the past couple of days that I couldn’t manage to get anything done. I don’t just mean photography, photo-editing, and writing, I mean anything. (***More on this at the end if you’re interested. If you’re not, that’s cool. Look at the pic and skip what comes after. ;-) )

Finally though, late yesterday evening, I had an idea. I think it’s stretching the theme a bit (like I haven’t already been stretching it until it’s about to snap like an old rubber band!) but it is literally the only idea I had that I felt physically up to dealing with, so I’m going with it.

I can make fire dance without getting burned…even when I’m having a wee bit of trouble staying on my feet. Ahem.

fire dance

“Self-Portrait Making Fire Dance” (Clickable if you want to see it larger in a new window.)

***For those who feel like hearing my whine about what’s wrong, here’s the dealio.

Remember last month when I was having some problems with vertigo? Well, it’s baaaaa-aaack.

I woke up Sunday morning and it took me quite some time to get out of bed because everything started spinning every time I tried. Finally, I got up and took one of those pills the doctor prescribed last time, along with giving me the brilliant diagnosis of “an inner ear thing“….that’s an exact quote. It occurred to me later that it might perhaps have been a good idea to get a more precise definition of “thing” in this context. But anyway…

The pill helped with the dizziness and balance problems, but unfortunately, my body doesn’t seem to react well to that drug and when I take it I pretty much fall asleep anytime I sit down and feel like my brain is made of mashed potatoes when I’m not sleeping.

So yesterday I woke up feeling even worse (not only dizzy, but the dizziness was causing extreme nausea…aren’t you glad I shared? heh), but I hated the thought of another day of mush-brain/nap/mush-brain/nap, lather, rinse, repeat. So I thought I’d try taking a half-dose of the meds, which sort of worked in that I felt marginally more alert, but sort of didn’t in that it didn’t do nearly as good a job controlling the vertigo with only a half-dose at a time, so I still had some bad moments throughout the day when I thought I was going to fall, puke, or both.

J has been out of town, so another visit to the doctor has been out of the question, because no way I was going to drive like this. (Luckily I was already scheduled to be off work yesterday and today!) J should be home later today though, so we’ll see how the day goes and see if things get better on their own or if I need to go back to a doctor (assuming I can get in! sheesh!) and get a little more comprehensive understanding of the term “inner ear thing.” :-(

7 Responses to “Self-Portrait Challenge: Skill, Week 4”

  1. on 22 Jul 2008 at 10:23 am Janet

    I’m sorry to hear of your dizziness…I have a friend that has Meniere’s Disease and her symptoms sound very similar to yours.

  2. on 22 Jul 2008 at 12:33 pm Diane

    Deb, sorry to hear you’re feeling so icky. Get rest and let J take you to the dr when he’s back. But don’t wait too long — call a cab if you need to, ‘kay?


  3. on 22 Jul 2008 at 1:11 pm JC

    Sorry you’re feeling so bad. I hope things get better for you ASAP!

    Cool photo, reminds me of playing with sparklers as a kid.

  4. on 22 Jul 2008 at 5:37 pm tiff

    Ah, the vertigo - I’ve had it once or twice, and it is teh suck. Feel better soon, mmkay?

  5. on 23 Jul 2008 at 12:59 am Jeremy Stockwell

    Cool long exposure shot! How’d you do it? Strike a match?

  6. on 23 Jul 2008 at 3:19 am jenica

    i hope you get feeling better!

    i think the shot is awesome.


  7. on 23 Jul 2008 at 5:45 am DebR

    Thanks, guys. Doing better today (knock wood).

    Jeremy, I used one of those long-handled lighters, like people use for fireplaces or grills. I was afraid a match would burn down to my fingers before the exposure was done. ;-) Would have liked to try some even longer ones, but I was just feeling too lousy. Maybe another time.