Vasowhat episode?

So I went to the hospital yesterday. After feeling headache-y and generally kind of groggy all day, I figured it was better to be safe than sorry and took myself to Urgent Care. (My usual doctor is out in Long Island, and this is 5 mins away, the wait is usually pretty minimal.) After seeing the physicians assistant that was in, he basically told me to go to the hospital just to get checked out (and gave me my $15 co-pay back – woo hoo!)

I left, called Dave, cried, met him at home, and we went off to the hospital. (He had to cancel two gigs that he was playing in… I felt SO BAD. But was happy that he was with me.) 6 hours later (I was NOT a priority for them) I had a cat-scan, EKG, blood work and a chest x-ray. And they checked to see if I was pregnant (which I also did at home haha). NOT PREGNANT. Oh and I got an IV with saline. Did I tell you how much I hate needles? I cry the minute the needle comes out (cause I’m 5 years old). I also apologized to the nurse handling my EKG, because she was putting the little stick-em things on my legs and I asked her to “please excuse my unshaven legs”. She basically looked at me and laughed, asking, “Don’t you know where you are? What do you think I see all day?” Haha! I mean, I shave my legs and lady parts to see the gyno! If I knew they were going to put things on my legs, I probably would have shaved my legs that morning. 🙂

After all that it turns out nothing is wrong with me. WOO! I just passed out. They call it a “vasovagal episode”, which basically means that I passed out for no particular, explainable reason. Wikipedia has a long list of reasons to why someone can pass out, and the description of what happened to me is pretty spot on with their info:

Prior to losing consciousness, the individual frequently experiences a prodrome of symptoms such as lightheadedness, nausea, sweating, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), uncomfortable feeling in the heart, weakness and visual disturbances such as lights seeming too bright, fuzzy or tunnel vision. These last for at least a few seconds before consciousness is lost (if it is lost), which typically happens when the person is sitting up or standing. When sufferers pass out, they fall down (unless this is impeded); and when in this position, effective blood flow to the brain is immediately restored, allowing the person to wake up. Short of fainting a person may experience an almost indescribable weak feeling resulting from a lack of oxygen to the brain due to a sudden drop in blood pressure.

Sounds right on target with what I experienced.

I’m glad that I went to the hospital, because at least now I can’t self-diagnose with lots of random illnesses. And if it happens again, I’m going straight to the hospital, just to be safe!


  1. Glad to hear that you are healthy! That is always good to know, but especially after a scary passing-out episode.

  2. So glad to hear you're okay!

  3. Glad to hear you're okay! I'm a huge baby around needles as well, so I feel your pain.

  4. I'm glad everything is okay!

    This has happened to me four times. It's such an uncomfortable experience, but I'm glad nothing is seriously wrong (with either of us! Ha!)

    P.S. I got your post card from Paris! Thank you 🙂

  5. Legally Fabulous says

    glad you're better, and hope it was just a fluke one time deal!

  6. i HATE needles so much. biggest fear. fainting just thinking about this.

  7. Happy to hear everything's okay and I hope it doesn't happen again!

  8. I'm glad to hear that you're ok! My sister had an episode like yours once. It was scary at the time, but it never happened again. 🙂

  9. nicole antoinette says

    I mean no, I never want anything like this to ever happen to you again. STAY HEALTHY, DO YOU HEAR ME??

  10. Good to know you're okay. I fainted once years back. It was weird.

  11. Woah, glad you're okay.

  12. Suburban Sweetheart says

    Yikes! So sorry this happened, but glad it's not part of a bigger problem.

  13. verybadcat says

    sometimes when i'm cooking over a hot stove for a longer while, i'll get faint. i always make it to the couch, but there have been a few times i was concerned about it.

    i stayed in the hot tub too long on a bitter winter night and had to be carried back to my apartment.

    it's one of the scariest feelings in the world. my doctor says that since my blood pressure is naturally on the low side, i'm a little more susceptible to the quick temporary drops that cause fainting.

    i thought it was just my natural tendency for melodrama. 😉

    so glad you're okay!

  14. Practically Perfect... says

    I'm glad that you're OK! Sorry about the long wait in the ER – I know it sounds kind of odd, but it's one of the things that I miss from working in an ER in the US. A 6 hour wait time in my new country seems par for the course, and in my 2 weeks of work, I have seen people wait in the ER for over 40 HOURS. It's terrible! I'm really glad that you're OK, though, and I'm sure that your hairy legs were far better than what we usually see, ha ha!

  15. When's the last time you had a full physical? Did they do a bunch of bloodwork? I had one recently because I had a random memory lapse episode (I basically forgot where I was and where I lived and where I was going while driving). Turns out, I have Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid condition. Crazy. Hope you feel better!


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