My name is Scott Booker, and at the age of 44 my life started spinning out of control. Literally! I was driving to work one day, when all of a sudden everything around me started spinning in my head, I got extremely dizzy and I felt like I was going to vomit and pass out. Somehow, I managed to get my car off to the side of the road without having a major accident. Once I got to the side of the road, I opened up the car door and threw up; my head still spinning. I had no idea what was happening.
It is now 8 months later and my life has changed drastically. Although it took a very long time (more details about that later), I was finally diagnosed with Ménière’s Disease.
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which you feel as if you’re spinning (vertigo), and you have fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear.
That is the definition that Doctors give those of us suffering with this debilitating illness. The above definition does not even begin to explain what having Meniere’s is like.
So, I have started documenting everything about my journey with Meniere’s and I am putting it into a book so that others may benefit from my story.
One of the items not listed in the definition above, is that you are constantly dizzy. You often times stumble around, unable to get your bearings, find your footing, run into walls or even have drop attacks (which I will discuss more later as well). One thing that I strive to do is to maintain my sanity and sense of humor, so I like to call all of this “Having the Woozy Wobbles.”
So, the name of my book is going to be called “The Woozy Wobbles – My Journey With Ménière’s Disease. Sense I am still struggling to even function on a daily basis, this book may take awhile to get done, but my mind is made up and I am determined to never lose hope and to always keep fighting.