Yesterday, something happened to me that scared the crap out of me.

For more than ten years, I have had Ménière's disease.

I was shopping in Target when I was suddenly hit with a Ménière's “drop attack” which is a severe attack of dizziness (vertigo). The attack was so severe that I fell to my knees in the middle of the baby section of the store and could not get up!

At first I thought it was an earthquake, but then I realized that it was happening inside my head and not in the outside world. I was scared and thought I was going to die right there next to the baby monitors in Target.

Luckily, I was able to call my partner on my cell phone (speed dial saved the day!) and ask him to come to the store and get me. In the meantime, a store employee retrieved one of those electric shopping carts with the chairs attached and helped me up into it.

I spent two hours in the E.R. getting anti-nausea and motion sickness meds and I.V. steroids. Happily, I was ably to walk out of the hospital and be home with my family for dinner.

This is the first time I've ever had a "drop attack." Usually the vertigo begins slowly and I have enough time to get home and to bed before it gets really bad. But now, I know that it can happen suddenly and unexpectedly.

Now I'm afraid to drive my car or be out in a public place. Very scary!

A little background: I am a 47-year-old man with three young children and a forth on the way. Other than the Ménière's, I am healthy and happy with my life. :)
scottdavidsmith scottdavidsmith
46-50, M
1 Response Aug 22, 2014

I am sorry that happened to you. It is very humbling to be hit with an attack like that in a public place. They are bad enough when your at home.