Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Crap.

I fainted today at the doctors office.

I'm trying not to get alarmed- I have actually fainted at least 10 times in my life.

I fainted in shop class in the 7th grade. We watched all those movies for weeks about alerting the teacher immediately if you were hurt by a tool or machine. I scratched myself on a saw and was down for the count.

I fainted various times throughout high school as a result of pain or because I gave blood.

I fainted one particularly hot day at Six Flags in the line for the log flume.

I'm pretty much a professional fainter, and I can give people ample warning. When I was at Six Flags, I actually informed my friends and family that I was about to pass out, and my friend Chris caught me and my sister slapped me across the face. I spent the rest of the day riding roller coasters against the advice of the EMT.

I fainted again 2ish years ago while giving blood.

I manged to remain faintless since............... until today.

I should disclose that 90% of my anxiety is related to fainting. I'm not sure why, because I know when it's coming and I know what to do, but I still panic about it. In turn, when I panic, I think I'm going to faint.

Today, I had to have a pretty routine procedure done at the doctor- albeit painful and including the removal of a chunk of my insides (aka a biopsy, I'm dramatic).

I guess that I was nervous because my blood pressure was THROUGH the roof- I'm surprised they didn't send me straight to the ER (it was like 154 over 99). Of course I'm a hypo, so when I heard that I had a high blood pressure reading, I started to feel woozy. They left the cuff on me and were waiting to take another reading. As I was sitting there waiting and feeling woozy managed to say, "Excuse me, I'm going to faint" to a room full of doctors and nurses. Oops- but at least I gave warning.

(I will have you know that they actually seemed annoyed with me for fainting).

Amazingly, after the procedure- they let me go without another blood pressure reading. Being the hypo that I am, I stopped by CVS on the way home to get a another reading. Thankfully, I was down to 124 over 94. Not good, but at least it was not AS near death as it was in the doctors office.

Am I the only fainter out there?- seriously, someone tell me that they faint too. I've begged my doctor to figure out why but she just laughs at me and/or spends a total of 2.3 seconds listening to my concerns.

In other news, I'm pretty sure that I am getting a cold. Bummer.

6 comments:

Island Girl said...

I've never fainted...close though :) However, I'm a hypo too...big time!

Everyone that knows me well, knows that when those commercials come on and tell you the symptoms of various illnesses, they need to turn the channel fast or I'll have it!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Never fainted. I send people home with B/P like yours. The doctors say it usually the place or anxiety b/c the patient's I send home are usually very healthy.

Mrs. Newlywed said...

I fainted once when I was 9. I was really sick and threw up a lot, and was so dehydrated I passed out.

My nanny didn't realize how sick I was and thought I would be okay. Luckily, my brother told her what happened, and we met my mom at the hospital.

Mrs. Newlywed said...

I fainted once when I was 9. I was really sick and threw up a lot, and was so dehydrated I passed out.

My nanny didn't realize how sick I was and thought I would be okay. Luckily, my brother told her what happened, and we met my mom at the hospital.

All-American Preppy said...

That is so scary! I don't think I have ever fainted before... does everything just go black?

JKW said...

I have fainted numerous times in my life...but it has been a long time. It was contributed to heavy periods sometimes and anxiety at doctors offices other times. I am sure you are fine...it happens:)