The crowds were moderate and the weather was divine, elation was rampaging in every direction and spreading like a plague. It is amazing how infectious a smile and laughter can really be. In all Disneyland is a horrible place to acutely acquire a chronic disease.
March of 2015 started out exciting with spring around the corner and still having that fresh new year feeling. My daughter, Boo I call her, was out on spring break so my wife, daughter, daughters friend, and I packed up and took a three day trip to the happiest place on the face of the planet. Three days at the parks with all the various pieces of tail you can stand to look at. You know mice, duck, and dog tails….what tail were you thinking??….Pervert! It’s Disneyland for crying out loud!
Day one was just as awesome as could be expected. Arrive a the good neighbor hotel (a hotel off site but within a short distance) jazzed about getting to the park, and the kids were excited too. We get to the parks eat the “fancy” amusement park foods, ride the rides that make you want to see that “fancy” food again and end the day with the awe inspiring World of Color showcase that night just before closing. Finally, too sleep.
Day two started with the lull of overly tired bodies and excited spirits. Mid way through the day I started to feel a strange pull physically. Almost that weakness from needing to eat. So out come the granola bars and prepackaged items from my pack and still the feeling did not change. I pushed it to the back of my mind trying to enjoy the day with my family and chocking it up to the change of pace and diet of the amusement park life. Not feeling well I made my way back to the hotel and grab some quick McDonalds on the way thinking I needed more food. Night number two was rough. I recall waking up feeling like I had the flu feeling weak and nauseous. Trying a couple trips to the bathroom to figure out was wrong was unfruitful.
Day three was a going to be a good day. Character breakfast with the family! I thought that I need to eat and I would be fine. NOPE! I had a hard time eating or even sitting in the restaurant. I went back to the room before breakfast was even consumed. The emotional effects of having to go back to the room with an unknown illness was grueling on me. My favorite place and my lovely family and here I was with anxiety and “something”. Tears were shed and anger arose after spending a second day of a three day trip to Disneyland stuck in the hotel room that didn’t even have the Disney channel! The third night was full of anxiety, the worst I had ever experienced in my life, nausea and a weird spinning sensation like I was drunk. The next morning I could barely walk to help load the car. I was so off balance and light headed it was scary. Graciously my wife allowed me into her 2014 Camaro daring me to throw up….five hours later we made it home and not a single cookie was tossed.
So I make my way to the Dr at urgent care and what do you know there is nothing they can find. Surprise Surprise! Dr after Dr I try and no one can find a single thing wrong with this 30 year old male who is complaining of something isn’t right. I try medical doctors, holistic doctors, Dentists, Chiropractors, and specialists…. Guess what? Yup no idea. I was spinning like no ones business with anxiety all the dang time. It got to the point to where I couldn’t even walk that well. When ever I tried I would get severely ill.
Being a full time firefighter I had some vacation and sick time built up which I blew through in no time. Eventually I found a Dr. who specialized in ear nose and throat whom I was recommended by my local ENT. Finally 7 months, and 10 Dr’s later a diagnoses! Menieres disease it is…..But a death sentence it is not!