Saturday night, I participated in the “Light Up The Night 5k” charity race. Even though it was only 3 weeks after my surgery, I thought I would be fine. I felt good that day and did well during the first mile.
However, I started getting dizzy near the 1 mile mark. I slowed down my pace, but the dizziness just kept getting worse.
I refused to quit, so I just kept on walking. At times, I staggered and stumbled on the road. Moving my head or even my eyes made it worse. Lights were also difficult and I felt like my head was spinning.
An hour had passed and I still wasn’t at the finished line. My family was concerned, so Gwen took off in an attempt to find me. She located me as I was turning to make the final stretch to the finish line.
I told Gwen what was going on and she offered to help. She grabbed my hand and walked with me for the rest of the race. I kept my head down and tried to avoid doing anything that would make me feel worse. At times I would close my eyes and relied on Gwen to keep me from getting hurt.
We crossed the finish line and a doctor approached us. He started to check my pulse and asked about my breathing. I told him about my surgery and said I was just dizzy. The doctor made sure I had a chair and hung around for a while to ensure nothing serious was going on with me.
I felt miserable that night, but I am glad I completed the race with Gwen’s help.