British Columbia’s Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said he is reducing his work schedule while he recovers from labyrinthitis.
In a statement released Monday, Weaver said symptoms typical of the condition appeared on Sept. 10 before he was set to address the Canadian Propane Association B.C. Seminar in Langley.
He was taken to a hospital in Langley for treatment.
Labyrinthitis is a problem inside the inner ear. It happens when the labyrinth, a part of the inner ear that helps control your balance, gets swollen and inflamed.
Weaver says he is limiting appearances for public events for now but has been told a full recovery is expected within a few weeks.
The leader of the B.C. Greens three-member caucus in the legislature is asking for privacy while he recuperates.
“I have reduced my workload to support my recovery, and I will continue to meet my obligations to the legislature and serve the people of British Columbia,” Weaver said in a statement. “My staff and I have also been in contact with Premier Horgan and the CASA Secretariat. I have full confidence in the MLAs Furstenau and Olsen and my staff to continue our important work in my reduced capacity as I will be limiting public events to focus my efforts on important files.
“I am relieved that I am on the way to a full recovery, and that I am not facing a more serious illness. It is important to remember that we must all take time to care for ourselves. During this time of immense challenge in our communities, we often neglect our own wellbeing in the service of the greater good. Let us all remember that to give our best, we must be our best selves, and that requires maintaining our health and work-life balance. I know I will be trying to keep this fact more top of mind going forward.”
According to Healthlink, vertigo is the main symptom of labyrinthitis that begins without warning and can cause vomiting.
Other symptoms include a ringing sound in the ears and hearing loss.
With files from the Canadian Press.