David has acute sinusitis. When he forcefully blew his nose, he affected the pressure in his inner ear, resulting in extreme dizziness.
The Day -
It was our normal day. We fed the horses at 7, ate breakfast, turned the horses out for the day, and swept the barn. David has had a cold, but was feeling fine. He did yard work while I gave Boomer a make-over by clipping his whiskers, trimming his mane and washing his feathers. When we got back together for a chat, David blew his nose and felt like he was going to pass out. We went up to the house and he laid down, but he still felt dizzy. He's a healthy guy and he never feels dizzy, so we were concerned about the possibility of a heart attack. We went to the emergency room. He had an EKG, a chest x-ray, a blood panel and a CAT scan of his head. It was scary, but the results were all good. The doctor said his EKG was "boring". Yay! After getting a prescription for an antibiotic and sudafed, we went home, shaken but relieved. I've barred him from the barn until he's completely better. Right now he's enjoying snacks and watching the Final Four.
I've been mourning Clifford. I have to avert my eyes from the pet aisle at the grocery store. I hate walking into the house without him greeting me. Every time I make a meal, I want to slip him a treat. But the scare and ER experience was a reminder to appreciate and focus on what I have now.