Before I get to my week 4 weigh in, I wanted to update you all on my dr's appointment in Tampa last week. I met with Dr. Gans at American Institute of Balance. He and his staff were fabulous. I just can't say enough about the clinic. After reviewing my chart, the symptoms I was having and all of the previous testing I had done, he was pretty sure he knew what was wrong. Of course he wanted to make sure, so he ran about 5 different tests on me. He tested my inner ear function and my eye movement. All tests came back normal, just as he expected. His diagnosis was MdDS (Mal de Debarquement Syndrome).
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) or disembarkment syndrome is a rare disorder of perceived movement that most often develops following an ocean cruise, other type of water travel, or motion experience including plane flights and train travel. For a few, there is no known motion event; the onset appears to be spontaneous. MdDS persists for months to years.
There are two treatments for this syndrome; therapy and a drug called Klonopin. My dr and I are choosing to do therapy. I was sent home with a notebook of 9 exercises to do everyday. These exercises are done while I am moving, either on a exercise ball or a mini trampoline. I can tell you that they are not fun. I pray that it works. Dr. Gans has seen great results with therapy, so we will see. I have to report back to him in 4 weeks. I am just thankful to finally have a diagnosis.
In other news, I am thrilled to report to you about my weight loss for the month of January.
I realize we still have 3 days left to go, but since I won't weigh in again until Saturday, I'm calling this my month end weight loss. Drum roll please........................ 12.8 pounds. I was floored when Brian told me this morning I had lost 4 pounds this week. I am a quarter way to my goal and I couldn't be more thrilled. I am not starving myself, counting points, eating prepackaged food or taking diet pills. I am simply eating a whole foods diet. 90% of the food I eat comes right from the ground. That makes me very happy. I've decided to plant a garden in our backyard this spring. I figure it will save me a ton of money in the produce I use to juice everyday. I think the girls will eat more veggies if we grow them ourselves too.
Do any of you have a garden? What tips would you give a beginner? I would love to hear them.