In a spin at work this week!


Ever have those days where you are in a total spin and the ground under your feet seems to be so unstable and you think nothing will ever feel right again? Yes? Well me too, only in my case, it’s been quite literal, as I have been suffering from the effects of vertigo for the last 10 days or so. It’s horrible!

Have you ever had it? I just woke up with it in the night and thought the bed had tipped up and I was going to fall out and end up on the floor. So there I was flailing around in the night, grabbing onto my mattress for dear life like it was a raft adrift in the swell of an ocean storm. That was whilst I was lying down. Standing up and trying to walk in a straight line was just as bad! I was like a drunken sailor who hadn’t quite found his ‘land legs’ as opposed to his ‘sea legs’. It’s the weirdest discombobulating thing. It’s also the most stomach churning. I’ve never been one for rollercoasters and amusement park rides and I’ve never been good on boats – I now know why. Vertigo is like experiencing the after effects of all those things all in one go. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

I got some pills from the doctor and started seeing a physiotherapist who carried out the ‘Epley Manoeuvre’, something I found out about from all you lovely people on Twitter when I asked for help; thank you. The manoeuvre involves a series of movements, which actually induce the spinning and nausea because you are deliberately trying to move the fluid around in the inner canal. Once again this was not fun, but it helped. I then had to wear a neck brace for twenty four hours to prevent me from looking down or bending down, as you have to keep the head (and body) upright to allow the fluid in the ear to settle in the right place – I even had to sleep sitting upright!

I still managed to go to work, with great difficulty, and I am hoping no one noticed I was a bit wobbly. I still have a mild touch of it at the moment. It hasn’t fully gone away but I am hopeful it will fade soon. As an aunt of mine used to say when I was a child and she perhaps had imbibed a little more sherry than was appropriate, “Stop the world, I want to get off”! That’s how I’ve felt this past week but fingers crossed it’s nearly gone! Thank goodness, because I can’t be doing with any more illness at the moment! Spring is here and I want to able to get out and about.

Speaking of spring, one of the days I was working with my vertigo was the Gardening Event Day. This got me really thinking about sorting out my containers on my balcony. I’d had all sorts of plans for the balcony last summer but other things got in the way. This year, though, I’m determined to have it looking lovely. We had some gorgeous plants from Plants2Gardens and I was tempted by the Summer Long Gourmet Strawberry Collection from Sutton’s. I’ve never grown ‘edible plants’ before and I liked the idea that you could have strawberries all summer long, as these fruit throughout the summer months and not all in one glut in June, and the flowers bloom pretty too!

Speaking of pretty flowers, I also had a full hour on air with Richard Jackson and he had the prettiest Winter Sunshine Primrose. They look like gorgeous bright yellow spring flowers but actually flower through autumn, winter and spring to give you six months of beautiful happy colour when there is very little colour around. They are new generation breeding and have been cross-bred with woodland primrose, so they are really tough and hardy! I also need to get some geraniums I think, as my balcony gets a lot of sunshine, so anything on there needs to be drought tolerant, and Richard Jackson had some lovely lemon-scented geraniums as well, which also had pretty flowers on them.

That Gardening Event Day was also St. Patrick’s Day, so of course I had to wear the obligatory green. What surprised me, though, was how many people were wearing green at work that day! I didn’t finish work until late in the evening and was back at work the next morning, so I carried out the tradition of ‘drowning my shamrock’ with a nice cup of chamomile tea, rather than anything stronger when I got home that evening. Not exactly rock and roll I know!


Miceal’s Monthly Must Have (for Mother’s Day)

Continuing with my ‘Monthly Must Have,’ I am conscious of the fact that Mother’s Day is coming up rapidly. I am always so bad at remembering these big days. All thanks goes to my sister, who takes it upon herself to start calling or texting about 2 weeks in advance to remind me. So here I am, trying to be better and more organised!

There is a Diamonique Spectacular Show coming up on Sunday 24th and I just did a preview two hour show for it on the Style Channel recently, where everything was on three interest-free instalments! This is the perfect destination to pick up a Mother’s Day gift if you don’t have time. Here are a few picks from me to give you an idea:

How about a classic tennis bracelet, available in three different finishes: gold plated, rose gold plated and rhodium plated? It’s also available in three different lengths – 17cm, 19cm or 21cm. It has princess-cut stones too, which mark it out as a little different to the usual round-cut stones you get with standard tennis bracelets. As well as all that, it is at a feature price down from £50 to £39.96 and on three interest-free instalments as well!

The Knot Baguette Cut Pendant is a great piece that really packs a punch. It does have tapered baguette-cut stones in there, but it also has round-cut and at the centre of the knot, there is a trillion-cut stone as well. It had a very energised, dynamic feel to it with the ‘swirl’ of the stones as they create that ‘knot’ formation. It is beautifully crafted and at £22.02 with three interest-free instalments of £7.34, it’s a great gift for Mothers Day and you don’t need to know finger or wrist sizes.

Remember, all of our Diamonique pieces come in presentation jewellery boxes too, making it easy to gift wrap and gift to your loved ones.

Remember, there are so many other pieces to see on the Diamonique Spectacular on Sunday 24th.

Until next time,

Miceal xx


  1. Margaret Upton March 20, 2019 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I’ve just read your experience with Vertigo and know exactly how bad you felt, like you I woke up feeling like that one morning and had to crawl along the floor! Min e was diagnosed as Labyrinthitus and was given Stemetil to take, I’m now beginning to wonder if it was vertigo as like you I can’t do rides etc at fairs so always look after the handbags etc! I feel ill on boats and can’t sit with my back to the engine on a train!
    I hope you feel better soon you have all my sympathy.

  2. Susan March 20, 2019 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Miceal I’m so sorry you’re suffering again. I use that term knowing that you suffer alright! It’s horrendous. Has to be experienced to fully appreciate it. You need a break of good luck. I don’t know how you got up and about and worked?! I hope it goes soon. I do think some people are prone to it though so take care x

  3. Elizabeth Mc Carrison March 21, 2019 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    I Miceal what a shame just getting better hopefully you are on the mend best wishes

  4. Anne Keery March 21, 2019 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Yes Micheal I too have had a very bad episode of vertigo. It’s truly so glad you are feeling nearly back to your usual charismatic self. x

  5. Judith White March 21, 2019 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    So sorry to hear you have been suffering from Vertigo, its horrid, l have suffered with it for a long time, but l have now found the answer, Yes its earmuffs, it was the cold winter winds that were causing it and l found if l wear them , l don’t suffer, hope this helps, get well soon.

  6. Antoinette March 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, just to let you know that I thinking of you
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery
    You are a very inspirational young man. Love reading your blogs. You are a breath of fresh air
    God bless you.
    Keep smiling
    Antoinette x

  7. Annette Francis March 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear that you’ve had Vertigo but getting better. I had it last year, couldn’t stand up at all and was crawling on the floor. I even had to come downstairs on my bottom. It was so bad I had to have the Doctor to the house. I was told it would take weeks or even months for it to go away completely and yes it did take a long time.

  8. Susan March 25, 2019 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Earmuffs?! Amazing! Thank you!

  9. Chris Perris March 25, 2019 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Micheal, I have suffered with Vertigo over the years and you describe it perfectly. An awful ailment. My last episode was at the end of August 2018 which lasted about 6 weeks!! However, whilst suffering I found a lump and was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer which may not have happened if I hadn’t been in bed with Vertigo!! Have had chemo, awaiting surgery, then radiotherapy. Have read Ali Keenan’s book which was so helpful.
    Hope your health is better despite your vertigo. Take care. Love watching you on QVC xxx

  10. Chris Perris March 25, 2019 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Miceal, spellchecker changed the spelling of your name in my previous reply!!

  11. Edwina March 26, 2019 at 12:22 pm -  Reply


    I have Labyrinths which is s form of vertigo and I’ve had an episode over the last week. It’s horrendous and I have to take medication…. I hope you get better soon.

  12. Pat Johnstone April 12, 2019 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    My daughter has bouts of vertigo – have they tried the epley manouvre not sure of the spelling. She also bought a Tempur pilow, a shaped one which is very firm. Epley lessened it for her. Good luck it is so debilitating. Meditation as well, stress doesnt help at all

  13. Tricia coulsonwood May 5, 2019 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Hello,Michel, so sorry you are having an attack of vertigo..
    I had a severe attack a decade ago…It really disorientates you and knocks your confidence when your ability to stand and walk is hampered…I was working as a practice nurse at the time and I believe I picked up the virus that way..I realised I needed to have some time off sick when I ended up on my knees taking blood pressures!!.It doesn’t last forever IFF you rest up!!.Please take care of yourself more as you have been through some pretty serious body shocks over the last few years..Take care, Tricia .

  14. Mel May 21, 2019 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi, my ex husband had very similar problems and was eventually diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease and had an small operation to fix it. Just in case it hasn’t been looked into for you, it is the most horrid thing, hope it goes away! Mel

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