Still on that boat…

Strawberry blonde in a dizzy world!

Birthday girl!



Oh dear another year older but not too worried as I’ve had a few people lately think I’m in my early twenties (yay!) and I still struggle buying wine in Tesco’s. It’s so flippin hard getting myself to the drinks isle in the first place due to my vertigo (why is it always the furthest place away once you get in the shop?) it’s almost funny to then get ID’d just to make it that little bit more of a challenge!


Had a quiet birthday made really nice by my family all descending with alcohol, cake and gifts (they know me so well) despite me saying I didn’t want to do anything. After a couple of Prosecco’s and not being able to find the scissors my cousin showed me the ‘Bread Knife and Two Pairs of Hand’s’ method of flower arranging – hmmm wonder where he picked that skill up?


I then spent the weekend with friends in Reading where I found out the hard way why wearing a white top and eating a curry is a really bad idea (especially after one or two drinks!). I think Buster the dog also enjoyed some sensible adult company 😉


I have an appointment next week at the Visual Vertigo Clinic which should be interesting. It’s most likely that it will make me really really poorly but if there is even the slightest chance it will work I’m going to give it a go – let’s face it I’m pretty desperate. I have heard that one of their ‘tricks’ is to look at a big disco ball until you fall over. I’ll brush up on my dance moves (oh and my stacking it on the floor moves – come to think if it I’ve pretty much mastered those lately!)


Right, now for some light reading 😉


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5 Comments to

“Birthday girl!”

  1. Avatar April 23rd, 2013 at 5:53 pm Emma Says:

    Hope you had a good birthday Sues! 🙂

  2. Avatar April 24th, 2013 at 10:26 am Susan Cartwright Says:

    Cheers Emma a big bottle of Prosecco was opened 😉

  3. Avatar April 28th, 2013 at 2:06 pm Snowy Says:

    Video of the disco ball test please!!

  4. Avatar May 8th, 2013 at 7:18 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Cheers guys – the glitter ball test was not a pretty sight!

  5. Avatar April 30th, 2013 at 12:52 pm Tasha Says:

    Cake and Prosecco sounds like my kind of Birthday, hope the disco moves go well!

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Who am I?

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 😉