Birth and Postpartum Without Land Legs

It took me seven months to write and post this!  It’s so hard to describe the highs and lows of new parenthood… the extraordinary love, the extreme joy, the all-consuming exhaustion, the snuggles, the diapers, the breastfeeding, the recovery, the vertigo, the worries, the awe, the brain fog, the gratitude… It has been a whirlwind.  Continue reading “Birth and Postpartum Without Land Legs”

Pregnant Without Land Legs: The Third Trimester

As I write this, I’ve nearly reached the end of the third trimester.  I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and I can’t wait to meet my little girl! I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for her.   The love and excitement from family and friends has been so uplifting.  It’sContinue reading “Pregnant Without Land Legs: The Third Trimester”

Pregnant Without Land Legs: The Second Trimester

As the first trimester faded away, I felt like myself again! All of the typical pregnancy things I had heard about second trimester were coming true. I was becoming more energetic and less fatigued. The awful motion sickness and morning sickness gradually disappeared. I was in a better mood! It was easier to be productive.Continue reading “Pregnant Without Land Legs: The Second Trimester”

Living Quarters: My House Hunting Experience

My husband and I spent a few months of 2020 looking for a new house. Like many millenials post-COVID, we ran out of reasons to live in the city (no longer needed to commute to work, needed two home offices, many businesses were closed or had limited hours, no longer spending our time in restaurantsContinue reading “Living Quarters: My House Hunting Experience”

Pregnant Without Land Legs: The First Trimester

If you missed my last post, I’m pregnant with my first baby!  My husband and I are so grateful and excited for our little girl! I was dying to know and read anything I could about what pregnancy would be like with mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS) and/or vestibular migraine (VM), so I’m sharing withContinue reading “Pregnant Without Land Legs: The First Trimester”

Pregnant Without Land Legs: Facts and Fears

On the second anniversary of losing my land legs, my life changed forever again.  This time for the better. I found out…. I’m pregnant with my first baby!  My husband Ian and I are so excited and grateful.  It seems poetic somehow that these events happened on the same day, exactly two years apart.  IContinue reading “Pregnant Without Land Legs: Facts and Fears”

Symptom Lists for VM and MdDS

“What are your symptoms?” “Um… where do I even begin?!? I feel like I’m on a boat all the time. I get migraines… and by migraines I mean headaches. Sometimes I get dizzy, like a spinning feeling. I also feel numbness or tingling sometimes. Oh yeah! I used to be really sensitive to light, butContinue reading “Symptom Lists for VM and MdDS”

Unfixed: A Documentary About MdDS and Other Chronic Conditions

I am so excited about this documentary! It was created by Kimberly Warner, a filmmaker with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. Not only does it feature her story, but also the stories of others with MdDS and Vestibular Migraine! The description and visuals at the beginning are dead on, and worth showing to friends and familyContinue reading “Unfixed: A Documentary About MdDS and Other Chronic Conditions”

Two Years Without Land Legs

Two years without land legs, and this is what I’ve learned: Treatment for vestibular migraines has helped my MdDS symptoms. I was diagnosed this year with vestibular migraines (in addition to Mal de Debarquement Syndrome), and I’m really thankful I sought out another opinion.  Being labeled with the official diagnosis motivated me to do moreContinue reading “Two Years Without Land Legs”

A Break in the Waves: The Cefaly

After trying the Timolol Maleate eye drops for 6 weeks, I was feeling a lot better, but I was still getting migraines (in addition to the sensation of constant rocking/bobbing/swaying, of course).  For me, “migraines” mean head pain, brain fog, vertigo, visual auras, bursts of tinnitus, and numbness. I was still experiencing constant light sensitivity,Continue reading “A Break in the Waves: The Cefaly”