The good news: I'm alive. And, as a result of the cervical stenosis operation, I'm a half inch taller; call it 5'10".
The bad news: I still can't dunk. Plus I had a major scare last week. By the weekend of the 22nd, I started feeling motion sick. On Monday, I was dizzy and nauseated. Felt like being seasick on land--even when flat on my back, much less walking. I could count the periodicity of the waves. Monday and Tuesday, I left work by noon.
Then Wednesday, it got worse yet. Even stretched out on the floor with my eyes shut, I started slurring my words. I knew what that meant, so called my primary MD and asked "Could this be something other than a stroke?" He said, "Could be labyrinthitis, but go to ER now." So I flagged a cab.
I'll spare you the details of the next 30 hours at the hospital. Suffice it to say that (more good news) the CAT scan and MRI were negative.
My GP's quick guess turned out to be the final probable diagnosis. I'd never heard of labyrinthitis before. Yet, a friend of mine turns out to have had it last week--I haven't seen her in person; the point is that it may be "going around" right now.
I looked up the symptoms, and my case appears to have been unusually severe. Yet since then, I've heard of others with comparably severe cases. Those with worse experiences say it doesn't fully go away for three weeks.
I was back at work for half days this Monday and Tuesday. We'll see how it goes. Resuming posting here may take a while.