It was never my ear

So many of you have written and expressed concern over my health that I wanted to give you a quick update for now.

After 14 hours spent in the ER this past weekend during which time I explained that the noise in my head was unbearable and vibrating, the resident ruled out several possibilities and then on a whim, decided to do a CT scan to rule out anything vascular setting off the noise.

In “ruling out” they “found.” They didn’t see it at first, but upon closer look, my Dr. House found it.

Possibly a result from my car accident back in November, there is a tear in the artery in my neck which has clotted and blocked that artery 65%.

I’m a medical mystery on several fronts. The surgeon is baffled that the resident even thought to check a healthy, young-ish person with no symptoms and no medical history for a vascular issue. Why is the artery causing the noise? They don’t know. But thank God it did, because with me showing no other symptoms other than that noise, it is the roaring and the bubbling and the jet engine and the motorcycle and the helicopter in my brain that allowed them to find the blockage before it became too late and I had a stroke.

I am currently under treatment with medicine to hopefully clear the clot and allow the tear in the artery to heal. In six weeks, I will undergo a new CT scan to see if the blockage has improved. If it has not or gotten worse, surgery might be necessary to repair the tear.

For now, I have to take it easy. Take care of myself. Get better.

Hopefully, each day the noise will become a bit less intrusive and I’ll get my whole quality of life back to where it was. For now, I’ll remain on medical hiatus, but I’ll be around via my magazine blog and column, Facebook, and Twitter.

I truly appreciate the kind thoughts and all the prayers. I feel them every day.


  1. tokenintexas
    June 24, 2011 6:57 pm

    on behalf of your fanbase here in Texas, please get well soon. fball season is coming. like everyone else, the candles are lit and rosaries are being said.

  2. Marcy
    June 24, 2011 8:02 pm

    So glad to know it can be treated! Get well soon!

  3. Burghgal
    June 24, 2011 10:35 pm

    Get well soon. A young friend of mine had a stroke, mother of 2 boys..she is recovering. Glad they caught it early.

  4. Sean
    June 25, 2011 3:43 am

    I’m glad that they figured out what was/is causing your health problems. Get some rest, enjoy your family, and get well soon!

  5. Michael Armbrust
    June 25, 2011 2:25 pm

    Thank god they found the problem! Speedy recovery to you! Take care, take it easy, listen to the advice of your caregivers and get well.

  6. Lisa
    June 25, 2011 4:15 pm

    those young residents are amazing. my father had undiagnosed Addisons disease for 5 years! before he colapsed outside of West View bank. A young resident thought of the one blood test that the fifteen other doctors had never thought of. I am very glad they found out what was wrong. Get well

  7. Dave
    June 25, 2011 10:15 pm

    Glad to hear they found it, Hope the treatment works and you don’t require surgery. Looking forwards to your healthy return.

  8. Lorrie
    June 25, 2011 11:45 pm

    Have a peaceful recovery.

  9. bucdaddy
    June 26, 2011 1:15 am

    Let’s go, Bucs.

  10. Laura
    June 26, 2011 8:50 pm

    Feel better soon! Sending good thoughts!

  11. Craig
    June 26, 2011 9:56 pm

    A wonderful kind of bad news, so glad to hear that you are on the road to drumlessness. Thanks goodness for good docs.

  12. Drea
    June 27, 2011 5:27 am

    Sounds like you were quite fortunate to get it diagnosed. Wishing you a full recovery (preferably without surgery). Take care.

  13. Summer's Kiss
    June 27, 2011 9:30 am

    Hang in there Ginny – sending positive thoughts your way!

    -Longtime lurker, sometime poster. :)

  14. Rege
    June 27, 2011 11:07 am

    Good News! I would have bet the bank it was a ear thing. Hope you feel better…

  15. Christa
    June 27, 2011 11:37 am

    Holy Crap! Sorry to hear, and yet glad they found it!

  16. Julie
    June 27, 2011 11:50 am


    So glad to hear that you have been diagnosed and that there is a way to treat it…wishing for a speedy recovery for you! So many people don’t want residents touching them because they are so “green.” Well, sometimes just having read the textbook comes in handy!!! :)

  17. Me
    June 27, 2011 2:50 pm

    Yikes, good thing they found that! Rest up and I hope it heals up without surgery!

  18. KKinLA
    June 27, 2011 4:13 pm

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! And thank goodness for a thorough doctor… :-)

  19. LisaB
    June 27, 2011 6:29 pm

    I am SO GLAD they found it…keeping the prayers coming for a speedy and complete recovery. Be assured that you are terribly missed!

  20. Kathy
    June 28, 2011 10:13 am

    Wow. So happy that they found the cause. I’ve been gone the past two weeks and missed the drama. do feel better quickly and take care of yourself. Many healing thoughts.

  21. Bulldog
    June 29, 2011 4:07 pm

    So, so happy to hear that our favorite blogger/columnist/charity fundraiser/all around great gal is on the mend. Continued positive thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are on the way.

  22. Michelle
    June 30, 2011 12:31 am

    I’m so glad to hear that they figured out the cause and are treating you for it! Thank God for awesome residents! Thoughts and prayers continue to be directed your way for a quick recovery! <3

  23. Jenn
    July 1, 2011 11:08 am

    How are you feeling? I miss reading your daily posts! I hope you are better soon!

  24. Tim
    July 2, 2011 9:10 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! Glad they found what was causing the problems! Thoughts and prayers to you!

  25. Trish
    July 3, 2011 11:04 pm

    Ginny, so glad everything was found! Get well soon and I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that I kicked a pigeon in your honor today. Really, I did. My husband was horrified–that sucker went pretty far, I was impressed with myself–but the garbage pit blessed with the gift of flight seemed to be none the worse for wear for me giving it a solid boot and hollering THIS ONE’S FOR YOU GINNY!

  26. Mike
    July 11, 2011 11:54 am

    I hope you are feeling better by now – I also hope the Buccos winning has cheered you up. It has been a lot time coming and I know last year you were on the band wagon by yourself. We look at you now. You were right before your time!

  27. Kacie
    July 12, 2011 11:05 pm

    Come back! I mishu!

  28. Cathy
    July 14, 2011 8:29 am

    What Kacie said…

  29. Kathy
    July 18, 2011 11:52 am

    I saw Hines Ward got arrested and thought of you.

    But *sigh* you aren’t back.

    I do hope you’re feeling better.

  30. Sofa King
    August 1, 2011 8:55 pm

    I’m really sorry to hear about this, but I’m glad they found the source of your problem and that you’re getting the treatment you need.

    Godspeed in your recovery!