My First Set Back

My biggest fear, having paid for the trip and flights to New York for the marathon, is getting an injury or illness that would prevent me from participating in the event.

On Australia Day I stood up from bending over to do some gardening and felt very dizzy and then a wave of nausea. It settled a little but I noticed that every time I changed position quickly – especially when it involved turning my head to the right or lying down on my right side I would be hit with a wave of dizziness and sometimes nausea. I realised I had somehow developed a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV for short. Those around me noticed I sounded very ‘nasal’. I didn’t realise it at the time but this was also the beginning of an acute bout of right sided maxillary sinusitis. (Click here for more information on BPPV ). Apparently the 2 conditions can occasionally occur together.

I was able to treat myself for the vertigo with the Epley Manoeuvre (described in the linked article) and it did resolve after the 8th day of doing this most unpleasant exercise routine several times a day.   I really wanted to avoid antibiotics for the sinusitis but when I developed a temperature they were strongly advised. A week later the sinusitis has settled and I am back jogging – gently in this heat!  I am almost too afraid to push my pace for awhile in case I have a set back.

I can’t believe how this relatively small set back in the early days of my training has knocked my confidence. Good health can not be taken for granted.  I was lying awake last night worrying a little about all the possible things that could go wrong before I head for New York. It was rather timely that my friend Jane posted a link on Facebook to ‘10 Ways You Are Causing Your Own Unhappiness’. It is really worth reading – Thank you Jane!  I am now trying to quell all those ‘what if ….’ moments that having been popping in my head.  If for some reason or other I am unable to complete the NY marathon at least there will be a holiday with the family in Hawaii to look forward to.  The journey will still be an experience!

About the Author



Jennifer Kellett established Hawker Place Physiotherapy in 1991 and is the principal practitioner of the family run practice. Jenny has served the local communities of Belconnen and North Canberra with commitment and pride for over 26 years. She is a strong advocate for maintaining fitness, health and well being across all age groups and has a keen professional interest in combining Pilates with weight training for treating postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis.


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