My husband was just diagnosed with Labrynthitis and still in the healing stage - it's been 3 1/2 weeks. In researching this I've found that some take 3 months to heal and have recurring episodes. As a result, our RV camping trip has been cancelled because he is not confident he won't have another episode. Has anyone here experienced or have this and how have you coped. We currently have a fifth wheel which I can tow but not back in to our spot beside our house. If this condition continues, we may have to sell this set up and switch to a motorhome so that I can do the driving and backing up. Any input and help would be really appreciated. Thanks.
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My wife suffers with bouts of vertigo that stop her in her tracks; it time they go away or she adapts. With that said I think wapping the 5er for a MH is a lttle drastic. First thing is get your husband feeling better and able to travel then work with him to train you to back the 5er into a campsite. You both need to be able handle your rig in case of a emergency. A MH won't solve the backup issue because you'll end up towing a car behind it and then you won't be able to backup at all. Lots of pullthru sites out there; just have to find them.
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John - thank you for your response. We will wait to determine the extent or reocurrance factor, if that's possible. I owned a Class C before and was able to back it. My thoughts are that should he have an episode while we're out, I can take over completely. Right now where we park our fifth wheel, I direct him while he backs and he said that if he had a setback, he couldn't even help me do that. With a Class C, I could do that and even if we had a toad, that would be unhooked to back up anyway.
I don't have any advice about your problem, but I have a similar balance disorder and have found this website to be of great help: Vestibular Disorders Association
Particularly, I got a lot of help from reading the handouts in this section (especially the one on coping with a vestibular disorder): Tips and Tools
Both me and my partner read a lot of these resources because I found that getting a balance disorder was a lot more than just dizziness- I was tired all the time, scared sometimes, and frequently upset about the whole mess. I've been affected now for about 10 months, and mine is permanent and lifelong (I'm only 35!) but I've compensated very well and aside from switching from high heels to flats and being more careful about how I move, I'm doing much better now.
I think most people recover totally from this disorder although, for some, it is a chronic condition. Since you can tow the trailer, I wouldn't let the threat of a recurrence stop you from traveling. When it came time to park at home, maybe you could enlist a neighbor's help. (Really, there is no reason you couldn't practice and become proficient at backing the trailer into it's spot).
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Really - Thank you. A casual friend I've known for years shared this site with me. When I told her my husband was diagnosed with it, she told me she's had it since she was in her teens. And I didn't know. I'm finding a lot of people now that either have it or know of someone who has. My husband too is fatigued easily and concerned about it. According to the doctor he is improving and about 85% recovered.
mockturtle - yes a lot recover fully with no reoccurrence and yet some are chronic. I too hope my husband recovers fully. We will wait it out. He just installed a camera on the top back of the fifth wheel so that may help me in backing it up. When we are able to get out, I'll practice using it and see how that works.
Really, I absolutely sympathize with you....I too am 35 (male) and I started having the issue in Feb 2010, so a little over 2 years. I have learned to adapt, and I still have some episodes that are more severe than others. I have seen every specialist known to man trying to figure out what is truly going on, but nobody has been able to tell me definitivley. So I press on knowing I am in good general health, and just have an annoyance. Once you accept what you have it becomes much much easier to deal with it. I have found prayer and relying on God has really made mine much easier to deal with.
I am able to thankfully continue to drive, camp, and back our unit in without issue.....will be praying for you guys ReneeG!
Practice practice practice! You will be a pro in no time. If it will help your confidence level, give RV Driving School a call and they will give you lessons. Great folks and you will love the hands-on-your-own-rig lessons. We took their course earlier this year.
He would benefit from Vestibular Therapy that is done by a physical therapist. PT's all get limited training for this type of therapy, but I would HIGHLY recommend he be seen by someone who specializes in it for the best outcomes. I did a search and found some in the Boise area which doesn't seem too far from you. It is not uncommon to initially feel worse with treatment as his symptoms will be reproduced in order to form a specific treatment plan for him. Once you find a location make sure your insurance will cover the therapy.