My Life Is On Stand Still Mode

  I’ve been home with vertigo for over 15 days and just when I feel like I might be getting over it, I wake up with another headache and the room spins. I feel like my life has just stopped. I can barely do anything around the house. I can’t travel to go to work and if I have to go to the doctors, I have to have someone with me so that I don’t fall or crash the car. Plus, driving when you’re dizzy is very unsafe. So, my neighbor has been nice enough to drive my car and take me where I need to go, especially when I just can’t even think about being in front of the wheel by myself. 

I haven’t had enough concentration to write much either. Every time I think of writing, my head’s either spinning or hurting, or I’m so exhausted that I can’t be bothered. Vertigo is a terrible thing to have!

I went for a balance test a few days ago; which made me feel worst. They try to recreate the dizziness by placing goggles over your eyes and blowing cold then warm air into your ears. I was so nauseous and dizzy after that appointment, that it took me nearly two days to get over the experience and sensation in my ears. 

I’m waiting for two more tests, an MRI and inner ear test before I can find out what’s causing this dizziness. I just hope they find something soon, so that they can guide me to fix it and I can go back to work and return to my life. 

So that’s where my life is right now; stuck in this spinning sensation and waiting for more tests to be done. If I’m MIA for a while, I hope you’ll understand why. 

Still Home With Vertigo

I’ve had vertigo for the past two weeks and I’ve been home trying to cope with it.  It’s a terrible thing to have because at any given time you are dizzy, feel like the ground and walls are moving around you and it causes terrible nausea. I’ve also endured multiple headaches; worst then I’ve ever had before, so many sleepless nights and the feeling of my heart pounding against my chest so hard as if it’s going to explode. 

My doctor put me on an anti-vertigo pill; which hasn’t really helped yet and now I’m also taking Gravol to cope with the nausea. But the Gravol makes me extremely drowsy and if I don’t lay down soon after, I get a horrible feeling of anxiety; it’s not a good feeling to have. I’m also waiting for an ENT appointment, so that the specialist can run some tests to see why I have this thing. But it’s been a week and no appointment yet. 

I’ve been home from work well over a week now and if all the physical feeling and issues in having with the vertigo weren’t bad enough, I’m also dealing with the thoughts that I might lose my job for being off work so long. Although I’ve provided my boss with doctor’s notes and even given her his number to call should she wish to confirm my condition; I still feel as though she doesn’t believe me. 

I know there’s not much I can do but wait this thing out and try to avoid the foods and drinks that may trigger it or cause it to worsen. But I really wish this thing would go away so that I could go back to being myself again. 

Will keep you posted on how I’m doing. I can’t really spend too much time writing because staring at the phone bothers my eyes and causes a headache. But I’ll try to provide more details when I can. Stay tuned and stay healthy and if any of you or someone you know has had vertigo and  knows how to get rid of it, please for heaven’s sake share it with me!

Healthier Choices

  2016 started off bumpy for me, asyou’ve  probably read from my previous post. But I am not going to let it affect the goals I’ve set for myself. My goal to be happy is my top priority this year and a part of that happiness is to physically look happy. 

Yeah, you all have heard it a million times before from me that I’ll lose weight and look fabulous and all that other bull-crap. But this year, instead of focusing on losing weight, I am focusing on choosing healthier options for me and my family. Walking a lot more than I did before. I’m taking transit to and from work and even walking Nid to pre-school. I go to the further Tim Horton’s for coffee in the afternoon and walk up the stairs or escalator when I can. 

I’m also eating healthier. I’ve limited buying lunch to a maximum of two times a week. I pack my lunch every night and grab a snack bar or piece of fruit for breakfast before I run out the door. I’m also adding less sugar to my first cup of coffee (my second cup is normally black). I’m also trying to use less oil when I cook and adding spinach to everything; even my sandwiches and curries.

I’m not getting on the scale because then I’ll obsess about the change I do or don’t see. But I am watching how much more energy I have during the day. Yes, by the time I get home from work, I am exhausted. But throughout the day, I feel much more energized. 

Unfortunately, I’m battling a terrible case of vertigo these days and am on medication to try to resolve it; which has limited some of my extra walking (walking in the hallway of my building to get some more steps in). But the walking I am doing is keeping me well over 5000 steps a day and once this vertigo goes away, I’ll go back to walking the hallway to hit my daily target of 8000 steps and working myself up to 10k and more.

What are you doing to sty healthy or be healthier this year? Share your plans and ideas for healthier choices in 2016!

I’m Trying To Stay Positive

  2016 has started out very bumpy in all aspects of my life; work, home, personal, financial and health. I guess the saying stands true; “when it rains, it pours!” And that’s exactly what’s happening. I’ve stayed away from my blog for the past two weeks because I don’t think you all deserve to read about my issues right now and bring yourselves down. My thought was if I could keep the negativity away, then it wouldn’t shine on your year. 

I’ve done exactly that and haven’t posted about how things are. But my blog is my safe place; it’s where I go when I can’t talk to anyone in my personal circle. It’s a place where I can say and do what I need to and not worry about being judged. So, here I am again. 

I won’t go into much detail about all that is going wrong right now. But I will talk about how I’m trying to make many changes in my day-to-day and thinking deep and hard about my future. I’ve realized I want to do more when it comes to my career. I enjoy doing what I’m doing now but I’m finding the drama and gossiping that comes from working in an agency is beyond what I can handle. I’m not quitting my job, however, I am trying to change how I react to the way people treat each other and how it effects me on a personal and professional level. I’m also hoping to speak to my boss about it to discuss how it’s making me feel. I hope she understands and doesn’t take it as me venting or complaining; what I’m really trying to do is pave my road for success and not get distracted by unnecessary office gossip and drama.

That’s where I am right now, trying to stay positive and fix the bends and bumps that have come up. If I’m MIA for a bit, you’ll understand why. I’m having a moment of trying to figure things out and not make any hasty moves. 

I hope you’re 2016 has started out smoother than mine and you’re paving the road to your success and happiness!

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Breakfast Wreath

IMG_3584I’ve seen this recipe on Facebook shared by many of my friends and decided to try it out this weekend as a special breakfast meal. It takes the traditional Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and turns it into something exciting, fun and delicious. Dev and Nid loved this breakfast wreath and it went delicious with spicy wedges and bacon.

Here’s what you need:

  • Roll of Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or marble cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Here’s what you do:

Pre-heat oven to 375°C.

Heat oil in frying pan, add beaten eggs, onions and bell pepper and cook until all scrambled together and 90% cooked. Leave the eggs slightly moist so that they don’t try out when you bake them.

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Sprinkle some flour on your counter and then roll out the dough and cut into triangles.

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Place triangles of dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Stick the widest parts of the triangles together like the image below.

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Sprinkle grated cheese on the inner part of your dough-star and then add scrambled-egg mixture.

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Fold over all of the points of the stars over the eggs and cheese and try to join the points together.

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Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pastry is golden-brown.

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Let stand for 2-5 minutes, then cut into slices and serve hot. Enjoy with bacon, Franks Red Hot and wedges!

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Ziddi Tamana’s 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. It’s amazing to see how all of you have supported me over the past  year.

Thank you for sharing my life with me through this blog and I hope you’ll continue to share my journey as I move through 2016.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy 2016

  Happy New Year! I hope you’ve closed off 2015 with a bang and welcomed 2016 with open arms. I wish you lots of happiness, prosperity, great health and love in 2016. I hope your dreams and wishes come true and you enjoy every adventure and opportunity that presents itself to you.

Happy 2016, lovelies!

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