How’s Your Head?

I saw my regular doctor recently, who is concerned about my quantity of vertigo meds. I’m on the max, to manage my oscillopsia. Even with all the meds, I’m just barely managing the oscllopsia. She asked me to see if I could start tapering off, now that my vertigo has been quiescent since April.

Like an idiot, I tried to take a smaller dose two nights ago. I was okay until yesterday afternoon, when my oscillopsia and tinnitus kicked in big-time. The floor moved, my ear was halfway to roaring, and I thought, “What did you think would happen, you doofus? You stepped down your meds? Did you think the underlying condition was gone?”

I took the regular dose of medication last night, and I feel fine today. With any luck, I have fooled my head and my ear into thinking yesterday was a blip on the radar.

We do this with other problems, too. We manage them in some way, say managing our weight with exercise or our code with testing. If we perturb the system and change it, we need to change the way we manage the problem. If we don’t eat less or do code reviews or pair or somehow manage the potential problem in some other way, we will not be able to manage the problem.

Well, I don’t know of another way to manage my vertigo. I know of several ways to manage weight and potential software problems. But I only know of this medication to manage my vertigo.

So, when we have problems, we can look for alternative approaches to managing these problems. If we only have one choice, as I appear to have for successful vertigo management, I should think long and hard about changing it. Two nights ago, I didn’t and I paid the price.

This morning, Mark asked me, “How’s your head?” Now that I’m back on the full medication, it’s fine. And, I’m able to think again.

So, when you go to solve your problems, how is your head? Do think of the Rule of Three. But if you don’t have three alternatives, do think carefully before you change something. Otherwise you too might become a dizzy broad.

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