My So Called Dizzy Life

My Chronicles of Vertigo, Nystagmus, Imbalance & Dizziness

My Happy Song for 12/6/12

My Happy Song of the Day(ish) is…

Duran Duran – Come Undone

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My Happy Song for 12/4/12

My Happy Song of the Day(ish) is…

B.o.B – Airplanes – Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore

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My Happy Song for 12/3/12

My Happy Song of the Day(ish) is…

Pearl Jam – Alive

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My Happy Song for 12/2/12

My Happy Song of the Day(ish) is…

Hole – Miss World

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Vestibular Rehabiliation Therapy Weeks 21, 22 & 23

November 12th was my twenty-first week of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.  November 19th was my twenty-second week.  November 26th was my twenty-third week.

I continued to keep a journal of all my vestibular rehabilitation therapy exercises. I recorded if I encountered any exercises that were too easy or too hard and I recorded every time I performed the exercises.

I continued rotating in the Wii Fit every 3rd day into my therapy (so two days of vestibular rehabilitation therapy, then a day of Wii Fit).   On some days, I completed both my VRT exercises and used the Wii Fit.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Exercises

Exercise 1: Forward Progression with 360 degree (Full) Turns: On solid ground, walk making a quick full turn in place, leading with head and eyes, toward the right every 4-6 steps while continuing on a straight path forward between turns.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I perform this exercise walking up & down a long hall.

Exercise 2: Forward Progression with 360 degree (Full) Turns: On solid ground, walk making a quick full turn in place, leading with head and eyes, toward the left every 4-6 steps while continuing on a straight path forward between turns.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I perform this exercise walking up & down a long hall.

Exercise 3Figure Eight exercise: Walk, making a large figure eight pattern.  Perform this exercise while trying to focus on targets.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.

Exercise 4: Walking in a Spiral: Walk initially making a large circle toward the right and then progressively decreasing size to a smaller circle.   Perform this exercise while trying to focus on targets.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.

Exercise 5:  While sitting in a chair, quickly turn & get up out of the chair and then sit back down again.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Wii Fit Therapy Exercises

I started each Wii Fit session by performing a “Body Test,” where the board calculates your weight and then gives you 2 games to test your balance.  This test is what determines your “Wii Fit Age.”  My best Wii Fit age was 27, my worst was 48.  During these weeks, the longest I played the Wii was for 70 “Wii” minutes (which doesn’t include time spent doing the Body Test) and the shortest amount of time was 31 “Wii” minutes.

Depending on the day, I played different games.  I always made sure that I played some Balance Games, like Soccer Heading, Ski Slalom, Table Tilt, Balance Bubble and Penguin Slide.

I continued to play Yoga Games, like Deep Breathing and Warrior.  I played Aerobics games like Free Step & Hula Hoop.  I also played Training Plus Games like Snowball Fight and Perfect 10.

 

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