Something very strange happened to me yesterday. At the coffee/tea hour in the morning before talks began, a friend of mine gave me some tea she had made. I drank it and a few minutes later began to feel dizzy and sweaty. I went outside and walked around for a while, and felt a little bit better, but my balance was off. As long as I sat in one place and didn’t try to read or type I was okay, but as soon as I got up, I felt dizzy and light-headed, and when I looked at a floor or table, it seemed to slant. It was a little bit like vertigo — which I had once in the morning a few years ago when one of my ears was bothering me — but not as extreme and without so much spinning and nausea.
I had to cancel a lecture I was supposed to give (a friend filled in for me) and napped for a while. I felt a bit better — less dizzy and no longer sweating — but I still stumbled a bit when I walked. Finally, I went home and slept for most of the afternoon and felt a lot better. But even this morning I wasn’t sure of my footing. I’m fine now for the first time since.
My friend said the tea was made of something called mate, and that she never had heard of such a reaction before. Have you heard of anything like this before? It scared the hell out of me. It’s possible that it wasn’t the tea, my ears have been getting plugged by allergies recently and maybe it had to do with that, but the timing is so suspicious that I’m pretty sure it was.