Sometimes I have a wooziness. A lightheaded wobble. An oversensitivity to noise and light. A general ‘not quite right’ ness. It’s nothing remarkable, just part of the world of ME and low blood pressure.
Of course, once somebody called it ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’, I decided that it/ I was really very remarkable, and worthy of further investigation.
Dr Search Engine reassures me that I have nothing quite so poetic, but AIWS is a real live actual neurological issue, possibly well known by those of you with nasty migranes.
The world appears distorted- body image, space, time and perspective are all wrong and it can be very debilitating.
Seeing the world through a fisheye lens made day-to-day life very difficult. Unable to judge distances accurately, I would often move clumsily or overcompensate. Soon I found it a struggle to leave the house; I had difficulty correctly perceiving the ground, so walking was tricky. If I didn’t think about it I was OK, but as soon as I did, I found myself slumping and struggling to walk in a straight line. Crossing the road began to feel dangerous; when I saw a car coming, I had no idea what size it was, or how far away.
AIWS can last for years, or be a feature of neurological conditions, but is most commonly experienced by children and young people who grow out of it eventually.
A world of weirdness and wonder indeed.
written in response to Sidey’s weekend theme, through the rabbit hole