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Happened last night.

From: Amy


Last night at around 9:30pm, I got up to make myself some dinner. I found some yummy chicken on the stove, and i was busy making a sandwhich, when I started to feel extremely light headed. I had to lean against the cupboards as I was puting my sandwhich together. I started to feel even more light headed and almost dizzy. At that point I had put my food down and was completely resting on both arms upon the kitchen counter. (I'm 19 and still live at home :)) My mum walked in and saw me. I am the opposite of a hypocondriac (sp?) so when I told her I felt as if I was going to faint, she quickly jumped into action. My lower limbs and arms went to jelly, and i couldnt stand up. I continued to try and support myself (Wasnt such a good idea). As I struggled to hold myself up, my arms took on a mind of their own and I smashed a glass and a plate that was sitting near by. (oops) Mum grabbed a chair and sat me down. The whole time she was calling my name and asking me questions (although I cant remember any of that). I never completely lost consciousness, but I couldn't hear or see anything. The second I sat down I started to sweat profusely and couldn't believe how hot I had become. I was completely disoriantated and was just in this mega zombie state. It was totally bizarre. After I started to come around, I went and laid down in the lounge. All my limbs were tingling and every part of my body felt like it was being weighed down by lead. I was instantly taken to the hospital (because although I was feeling much better at this time, they knew that if I didnt go straight away, I'd never I had my blood pressure taken and my blood sugar read.(was all normal) I was asked lots of questions and the Doctor then told me that it was a Vaso Vagal episode. She said that they often occur for no apparent reason, and to only be concerned if it happens again.

It's quite bizarre because I'm a healthy 19 year old. I don't drink or smoke and I'm active. But like the Doctor said, "they can happen for no apparent reason"

Although I didn't want to go see the doc, I felt much better knowing that it was nothing to worry about. All she said was to take it easy for the next few days. :)

I know this was really long, I just felt like sharing my story and hope you don't mind. Take care :D

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