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Almost Fatal Accident from VV



I have been passingout ever since I was a baby. I have gone to the doctor and they say I have VV. On Monday, 6/23/03 I was stung by a wasp. Since I am not allergic to wasp I thought it was fine for me to drive. I started driving and felt faint. I thought best to pull over because I faint alot. Well I was in the left turn lane to turn off the road - So not to cause an accident. The next thing I knew I was being woken up by a fireman and my car was totaled I was so scared, because I just didn't know what happened to me. I was put on a backboard and was strapped down. They gave me oxegan to help with the dizzy ness. Since I do not know what happened once I stopped at the light I had to find out from witnesses. The witnesses said I passed out (or what looked to be passed out) and the car just took off. Luck was on my side, because my car held up very well and I am ok and everyone else is fine. I hit a stoplight at about 30-35 mph (I don't know exactly) The light fell on another car and hit their hood. Put a hole right through the battery. They were lucky that it didn't go through their windshield. My car apparently spun and hit a third car. I was tied up with the fireman and the ambulance so I never talked to the third driver. I couldn't believe that a little wasp sting would do this to me and cause this huge accident. I have always been one to pass out - I know now that my "trigger" is needles and cuts, but didn't think of the sting. - I have been passing out since I was three months old - I am now 22. The doctor said I could have vasel vegal about 1 year ago, but I never thought it would cause me to have such a bad accident. I have passed out in school before and at doctors offices. I have been tested for everything includding epelepsy. I do have two heart arrithmias - Now a few months later I have a new car and almost everyone has forgoten - except for me - When I even feel a little off in the car I feel like I want to pull over, because I get so scared. I have nightmares that I am in an accident and I have killed a little kid. I know I am fine to drive - and I am only 22 - so I can't live my whole life in fear - but it is so hard when I come to a stop and realize that if I had an attack I could wake up on the other side again. I know this accident wasn't my fault and that I am ok to drive, but still somewhere in the back of my head I think "should I really be allowed to do anything?" Most people treat me as if I am weak. I have wanted to go on a hike called "stairway to heaven" that in Hawaii reacehes to the top of the montains, but no one will alow me to do, because I am too fragile - I just want all this to end and I can live a normal life for a 22 year old.

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