I had an inner ear hemorrhage on Sept 5, 2009. The consequences were sudden and total hearing loss in my right ear and permanent vertigo.
Over time, I have learned how to manage my vertigo and to compensate for my hearing loss. I now use a rollator (4-wheeled walker) as I transit the world. I organize my interactions so I can hear. I often say, “Let me get on your right side so I can hear you.”
I have learned several facts about disruptive change:
- We can only go forward. We cannot return to the old normal.
- We can create a new normal. We might not create fast, but we can create.
- We are often more adaptable and resilient than we thought.
My guiding principle (first stated on Using the Past to Create a New Future):
You had your old life. You have a new one now. Make your choice to live your new life, not to try to hold onto the old one. It’s a challenge. It’s not always easy. But, if you take that first small step, and ask for a little help, maybe you can take the next one.
If you are also experiencing significant change in your life, you might like some of these posts:
- I ask a question of the week each week. (Yes, I’m planning on packaging each year’s worth of questions into books. Not yet.)
- I write a newsletter each month. (Yes, I’ll package these tips and questions into books, too. Not yet.)
If you have not yet examined the ideas of adaptability and resilience, consider these posts:
If you have vertigo, these pages have my best information and suggestions from my wonderful readers:
- Seven Things You Can Do to Help Manage Your Vertigo
- How Do You Travel?
- How Do You Dance?
- How Do You Drive?
- How Do You Take a Walk?
Thanks for being here.