My ears ached so bad I wanted to scream. Nothing I did would unstop them. Imagine someone digging around in your ear with an ice pick. To add to this, I was so dizzy I couldn’t walk. The dizziness caused severe nausea. Could things get any worse?
I went to the initial meeting and could hardly sit there in the conference room. We broke for lunch and I stumbled around as if I’d been drinking. I have no idea what my boss must have thought after paying for my airfare and room. I couldn’t eat anything. Someone helped me to the elevator because I simply couldn’t walk there on my own and make it back to my room.
That was the most miserable four days of my life. I didn’t attend any of the conference, had to sleep sitting up propped against the headboard because I was too nauseous to lie down. I spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom throwing up.
When we had a cabin in the mountains many years later, I had the same ear problem driving there and back, minus the nausea. I think I’m not one to live in high altitudes, or even visit them for prolonged periods.
Finally, I took the plunge again about four years ago when my nephew passed away unexpectedly. The only way to get to
quick was to fly and my sister needed me.
So I was determined to make it somehow and hoped I could be of use once
I got there and wouldn’t be too sick.
Well, guess what? I made it and it wasn’t as gruesome. My ears were stopped up and painful, but it subsided after a while. I did take an allergy pill and had my nasal spray too. The secret was buying a large orange juice after I got through security. I nursed that all the way to
and it helped to swallow little sips for that three-plus hour flight.
I was ecstatic that I found a way to fly again.
Do any of you suffer from this problem, which I learned is barotraumas and not altitude sickness? It’s caused by the changes in air pressure.