At Home with Christie – “I almost deleted these words”


Christie Mahany
Christie Mahany

I almost deleted these words.

I don’t like complaining. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Some days I love to get together with someone fabulously like-minded and just absolutely unload. Especially if there’s chips and dip and any beverage involved (Wise chips, if possible and French onion dip, of course – unless you have a hookup for something decadent. No? Okay, then I’ll stick with the French onion). But when I disclose anything about myself that isn’t bright and cheery, I often feel like I’m complaining, and that it could possibly reflect poorly on my business, or my ability to work. But since this is just between us, I’ll fill you in on the more personal side of my week.

angry-woman-WEBThe long and short of it is that I’ve been struggling with tinnitus and extreme bouts of vertigo for about 5 years now. At times it has been extremely debilitating, especially since I’m self-employed. How my job works is if momma doesn’t successfully close on a house, momma doesn’t get paid. End. Of. Story. I often say I can’t want your house to sell more than you do, but I run a very close second place. Luckily, I’m able to work at my own pace, which is expeditious (I get a lot done in a short timeframe). Do you see what I’m doing here? I’m justifying that I’m still working full time and that it’s not taking its toll on me. I always want to seem strong and put together. Usually I am. I digress, back to about last week.

At the end of 2011 I was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease and I’ve done SO, SO much to try to keep it in check. If you suggest it, I have probably tried it. The good and bad news is that it has flared up a LOT since Easter, to the point where I debated about going to the ER last Monday. That doesn’t sound like good news at all, does it? Well, what happened is I ended up going to see my regular doc, who referred me to a specialist in Pittsburgh that handles tough cases, who then looked at me and said “I don’t know what to do with you. You need to see a SUPERspecialist.” A SuperSpecialist. I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing! Why didn’t he know what to do with me, you ask? Well, it turns out I would be one of the only people to ever have Ménière’s in BOTH ears, or I’ve been misdiagnosed from the beginning. HUH. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen my mom wish something like Lyme Disease on anyone (me, since it’s much more treatable).

So, I’m headed back to Pittsburgh the second week of June. Hopefully I’ll have a few more answers. This feels very raw, putting something like this out for public consumption, so leave me some support in the comments and I’ll keep you posted!

At home, Christie

About Christie Mahany:

Christie Mahany
Christie Mahany

On any given day I’m a full time real estate agent, momma and chief wrangler of two kids and two dogs, married to a guy who essentially hunts and fishes for a living, and happy residing on the outskirts of Erie, PA. Sometimes I fool myself into thinking I have superpowers, except my cape is usually in the laundry…I hope. It’s all in a day’s work.

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