8 Tips To Speed Recovery From a Hydrops Attack

Last week was a bit of a disappointment. I spent the weekend in Seattle visiting my friend Rebekah and that was all lovely.

Secondary Endolymphatic Hydrops

But then driving home, I made the mistake of opening up a bag of Kettle’s Barbeque Blue chips (I’m totally addicted to them right now) and I absent-mindedly ate almost the WHOLE bag on the four hour drive home. Ooops! That was stupid. I don’t even know how much sodium that was. I don’t want to know.

That means most of last week I paid for it. I’ve had to sleep on the couch at least a couple of nights as I couldn’t get stable laying on my bed. And I felt off all week, lazing around every chance I could get.

So here are my tips for speeding up recovery from an Hydrops attack:

  1. Plan on taking it easy for the next few days. If you can, postpone commitments and schedule time to rest. It always takes a lot of mental energy on my part as I deal with hydrops and my balance being off, and I find I get exhausted easily.
  2. Make sure you are eating low-sodium meals!
  3. Supplement with a natural diuretic. Natural diuretics aren’t enough to keep my ears drained on their own, but I find increasing or adding them in can help during a flareup to help things drain faster.
  4. Drink more water. If you’re on more diuretics, up that water intake!
  5. Experiment with nettle. I find that nettle really helps things calm down in my ear. I usually take two pills with each meal. Nettle tea can also help, but it’s not as dramatic.
  6. Massage your ear with oil. Encourage circulation around your ear and lymph nodes to improve drainage.
  7. To also improve drainage, try warming the area around your ear with either a hot water bottle or warm shower.
  8. Take anti-inflammatory pills. I don’t think these help with immediate symptoms, but I feel like they help my ear calm down quicker once the original flare up is over. I will take Neuro-flam, tumeric and ginger in various doses depending on how bad I feel. If I take too much tumeric and ginger I notice I start getting too hot and dry, so then I back off and use some coconut oil to help moisten my skin.

Weekend Links & Updates

 

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These pill containers look useful. I’m looking into getting some. You know you’re good health buddies when you talk about organizing your pills!

Updates:

  • I’ve spent the weekend in Seattle visiting one of my best friends. She and I are “health” buddies and both know what it’s like to feel awful at times. It’s always nice to have someone in your life who can empathize and not just sympathize. We’ve pretty much lazed around watching Amazing Race and  Fixer Upper, and as of this evening, played Cribbage and Rummy. It’s been low-key which has been very relaxing.
  • I was more than a little nervous about the drive up (it took about 4 hours) and the last hour my eyes were starting to get really tired. But then my best friend from California called and I talked to her the last 45 minutes of the drive and that distracted me/woke me up and I made it safely here. Now fingers crossed for the trip home tomorrow!
  • I’m feeling so refreshed about the new year! I had an hour to myself last Sunday to sit down and try to plan things out with different goals for weekly, monthly and year-long time frames. I’m feeling grateful for maturity in setting goals and the health to actually be able to accomplish goals.

Weekend Links & Updates

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Updates:

  • After taking a hiatus, I’m hopefully back to blogging regularly! Feels good to be back.
  • This week I started classes at the community college. This time I’m taking Calculus and Chemistry, along with Ballet. It’s always a little overwhelming the first week as I get the hang of how much time each class takes, but I think things are starting to settle down.
  • School got off to an interesting start as the first day was canceled due to a “snow” day, which was really an ice day. The roads around us were slick until around noon. We got freezing rain off and on Sunday, so that was exciting. Andrew tried to leave to head back down to OSU but quickly slid (safely) off the road and gave up. We tromped down the hill to help him carry stuff back up and while helping unload things another car going up the hill had to stop as it was just spinning it’s wheels. We ended up helping them park right behind Andrews car. It was the only safe spot on the hill to park off the road, so we are grateful to God that he didn’t slid into a ditch! After getting back home we settled in for another evening of playing games and watching movies. But it felt good to get back to our normal routine on Tuesday!