Still on that boat…

Strawberry blonde in a dizzy world!

I’m the king of the castle!


Well soph and Hayden have been absolutely brilliant at trying to come up with things to keep me entertained (but vertigo free) and we were running out of ideas. Sophie sarcastically said she could take me climbing. I thought about it for a second and then said ‘why not?’. I used to absolutely love climbing back during my Uni days, it really helped me to relax. Vertigo isn’t a fear of heights as many people mistakenly believe after a certain Alfred Hitchcock film. So we booked Clip N Climb at Exeter climbing wall eek!

I had almost had panic attack at 4am on D Day – not so much about the actual climbing but the impact it could have on me afterwards. Only had to swig a couple of bottles of Rescue Remedy to calm down! I relaxed all day so I was the best I could be vertigo wise.


it was a nervous start on both parts. I think Soph deserves a medal for bravery for just taking a person with vertigo climbing let alone the actual climb itself! We were very fortunate in that normally there can be up to 30 kids in the place and we had it entirely to our selves; it was quiet and not busy so ideal for me. We had an absolute ball! After a shaky start requiring promises of wine and pizza to get Soph down from the top we were away. I found that as long as l didn’t look up or down and just concentrated at the matter at hand I felt fine!

Gladiators ready:


At the top (let’s call it a draw ;-)):


It’s was a tricky one but fun:


The ‘Leap of Faith’- climb 8 metres up then launch off a platform onto a trapeze, just like being in the circus!


I only did this to let the illness know who’s boss (sounds ridiculous I know).This was terrifying! I started to feel a bit dodgy at the top, the only reason I managed it was I realised that jumping was the quickest way to get down! Of course after the ‘invalid’ managed it poor old Soph really didn’t have much of a choice 😉


I think this photo screams ‘screw you vertigo!’:


Soph was so relaxed on this one she managed some yoga:


Then we went for some well deserved wine, pizza (cheese free of course!) and banoffee pie.


I’m so excited I managed it but I’m well aware I could pay for this big time over the next few days but it was worth it to feel NORMAL again. It’s nuts that I found climbing much easier than walking to the local shop 100 metres away. This illness really puzzles me but coming away has made me realise that yes, I have to be careful and ‘listen to my body’ but it doesn’t mean that I can’t ever have fun again. Duvet day today after all that excitement 😉

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5 Comments to

“I’m the king of the castle!”

  1. Avatar March 6th, 2013 at 8:21 pm Snowy Says:

    Fanbloodytastic! Good on you Sues! Show it who’s boss dammit! Used to love going climbing back in the day – and the two for a fiver bottles of wine after 🙂 remember throwing the sofa out the window?

  2. Avatar March 6th, 2013 at 8:39 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Yes of course, anyone would think we both had a competitive streak 😉 At the risk of sounding ancient, you can’t even get one bottle for a fiver these days!

  3. Avatar March 6th, 2013 at 10:03 pm woody Says:

    Unbelievable – I’m very impressed
    And banoffee pie!

  4. Avatar March 9th, 2013 at 6:16 pm Emma Says:

    That’s ace Sues!! Kick its ass!! I would never be brave enough to try that, let alone with vertigo!!

  5. Avatar March 15th, 2013 at 6:16 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Cheers Emma, it was designed for kids in mind but I was pretty proud of myself. Cheers for the encouragement! Hope you and your chickens are all well 😉

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Was – independent, intelligent (with plenty of dizzy moments), successful, busy, funny (depending on how much Prosecco I and the people around me had!), quite stressed out but overall happy, without even realising how lucky I was.

Now  – ? just a mess really! I was diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) eight years ago when my life changed dramatically. It’s a variant of migraine that means I feel dizzy and tired nearly all of the time. If I try and do anything ‘normal’ this sparks of vertigo which gradually gets worse and worse until I pass out unless I lie down for hours, sometimes days. What this means is I spend 90% of my time in bed in a quiet dark room. Normal activities like shopping, walking, going anywhere bright or busy, the cinema even visiting friends who have patterned wallpaper or a gravel drive is a nightmare!

I’m continually trying new medications, all of them with quite nasty side effects (worsening of vertigo, weight loss, hair loss and sense of humour loss to name but a few) to try and find the magic one that will work for me. Fingers crossed the one I’m on now will work, time will tell.

A good friend set up this website so I could become a ginger whinger. No I’m kidding, so people can understand what I’m going through and maybe it would help me to have a bit of a rant. I have quite a dark sense of humour, I think that’s the only reason I haven’t gone completely bonkers! I clearly don’t have the most exciting of lives but I live in a small village with some entertaining characters and I’m always having blond moments (I blame the meds but I’ve always been a bit dappy!). Who knows I may even get better, and I can assure you life will be filled with amazing adventures then!

Scrap that! After zillions of Consultants all saying that they know what’s wrong with me and that they can get me better. Endless drugs and procedures I was finally Diagnosed with Chronic Lyme which was great – until I find out that nobody in the UK has a clue how to treat it. That complicates things some what 😉