Category Archives: Rehabilitation

How it all Started – 1995 -1997

Chapter Six How it all Started It was in 1995 and 1996 when I started experiencing complications with my menstrual cycles.  The pain was so bad I couldn’t get out of bed for the first two to three days.  I … Continue reading

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Pills, Hope, and a Frightening Discovery

Chapter Five Pills, Hope and a Frightening Discovery I looked to the meclizine in hope it would take everything away.  I faithfully took each pill as instructed in anticipation that my sense of knowing where I was in space would … Continue reading

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Bouncing – Crawling – Falling – Battered and Bruised

Chapter Two Bouncing – Crawling – Falling – Battered and Bruised On my butt I bounced down the stairs hanging on to the railing and sliding my other hand on the opposite wall, the only lifelines I could find.  I … Continue reading

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Now, Back to the Story…. That First “Coming Down”

           After my first extended TDU residual effect, Paul, Mitch, Yuri and I set out to investigate why I experienced the feeling of a 100-fold worsening of my vestibular dysfunction symptoms.  We couldn’t move on until all safety considerations were … Continue reading

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“Hello Mitch? This is Cheryl… I think we did something bad…. “

          Our previous experiments with the residual effect had been resulting in a limited amount of relief at a time, a few minutes or more.   The findings from the first 20 minute trial resulted in the first of extended residual … Continue reading

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Something’s Different…

            After discovering such a dramatic difference in how my vision and balance cooperated I removed the helmet.  When I could finally find words, I turned to Mitch and whispered, “Mitch, something’s different.  I don’t know what’s happened but something … Continue reading

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Humpty Dumpty Was Put Back Together Again!

            Beep, beep, beep, beep… a timer interrupted.  I had completed the first ever 20 minute trial using the TDU.   Mitch placed his hand on my shoulder and assisted as we removed the TDU from my tongue and said “Cheryl, … Continue reading

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Exclamations, Grants, Money, and Move

            After our amazing discovery, the lab exploded into a flurry of electrified activity!   We invited my doctor and collaborator on the project, Dr. Mark Pyle, to come and see for himself what we discovered.  Within a few days, Dr. … Continue reading

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I Did It Without Thinking About It!

One morning I got up from bed, went downstairs, started coffee and sat at the kitchen table waiting for the first warm cup of the day.  I gazed out the window searching for signs indicating spring was on its way.  … Continue reading

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What if….

With the results from the initial trials in, we pondered how, for that small amount of time after using the TDU, the changes in my ability to maintain a balanced position were occurring.  No one knew, but I was certainly … Continue reading

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