Hello all. Had a bit of an eventful year. Just about this time last year, one morning I suddenly sat up in my bed, promptly fell out of said bed and was sick. Staggered around the room being followed by the creature who was trying to get a hold of me. Was sick a couple more times. Creature put a crate up and managed to get me into it. I kept falling over and was very staggery. It was horrible. She called the vet and I had to go and see him. The creature helped me into the car and we headed off. By the time we got to the vets I could hardly stand and could not walk in a straight line. I was admitted to the hospital, had lots of blood taken for various tests, was given drugs to stop me being sick and was put on a drip after having been so sick. Vet called the creature the next day to say that I had deteriorated a bit overnight but agreed to carry on with the drip and kept me in the hospital for another 24 hours. That vet told the creature that although they had my age recorded as 8, I was actually older than that and could well be 14. The creature did not accept that suggestion at all and was really rather offended by the suggestion. I know the creature had a very worrying night. Next day another vet who was on weekend duty called the creature and much to the creature's delight she knew this vet quite well. Vet said she wanted me to go home because I would be happier at home. Vet had taken more blood to check for various things and had given me a small amount of food which I kept down so she had removed the drip. Creature was asked to collect me at 3.00 just so the vet could check that I was not going to be sick again. Anyhoo, long story short the vet said I had something called idiopathic vestibular syndrome. Creature had no idea what that meant and was told that idiopathic just meant there was no known cause so could not be treated as such. Vestibular, middle ear. The light bulb came on in the creature's head, that explained the falling about and being sick. Vet agreed with the first one that I was older than 8. Said it was quite a common condition but always in dogs in double figures. Creature told her that she could not accept that I was 14 and the vet agreed that I probably wasn't 14. Creature suggested 10 and vet thought a bit older (maybe she really did think I was 14) so creature suggested 11 years old and the vet agreed to that. When I left the practice I was still staggering to the left when trying to walk in straight line and my head was a bit twisted to the left. I was very happy to get home but had to stay in the crate, had food and water at a height, cover over the crate just so I wasn't in bright light. Had to be on a lead to go out to the garden (with help) for toilet duties. After 5 days I was more or less normal again but do have a permanent head tilt. Vet did say once an attack has happened it will happen again and low and behold 3 weeks and one day later, exactly the same thing again. The vet did say if and when it does happen again only to take me to the vet if I was being sick, otherwise back in the crate and follow the previous instructions. I was only sick a couple of times the second time it happened so didn't go to the vet and it took 5 or 6 days to settle down again. I have to stay on a lead when out and about now just in case I get dizzy and fall over and injure myself. That is my only restriction. I still LOVE my food, have different beds to choose from and pretty much get to do what I like because I have this condition and am now probably 12. This means that both Nellie and I will be in our 13th year in 2020. I developed little white eyebrows about 6 months ago and the creature told me that my eyebrows make me look a bit cross but I'm not, I am my usual happy little self. I wish to thank DID for helping me when I needed help and wish you all the very best for 2020 and beyond.