That was a nasty way to see the new year in.
I have never had vertigo - but have had friends who have. Scary stuff. The human body is a delicate thing - it doesn't take much to upset the 'balance'.
Glad your family was there. And I will be praying also that it is a one time deal and that the effects are not long lasting.
As for the leason learned. It is a good kick up the pants for us all....... life is too short to waste any more time dealing with the stuff that happened to us than we have to.
Heal well - inside and out.
More than meets the eye!