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Re: Awakened from sleep

From: Lorraine
Date: 8/10/00
Time: 11:20:41 AM
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Tom, you could be telling my story (except it's my macho police officer husband dialing 911). I, too, have learned not to get up. I've told my husband and family that I'll just have to be sick in bed, because I'm not moving. He gets me a cold cloth, fans me, and prays for me, and that gets me thru it...until there's a miraculous cure or healing. Anyone else out there have this happen mostly in bed? Thanks for letting me vent, too.

First Experience Today



I had never heard of a vagal reaction until 5 hours ago. I had to have an endometrial biopsy today at the gynecologist's office. I had been apprehensive about the procedure but tried my usual relaxation techniques (meditation, deep breathing, etc.) My Doctor came into the room and explained the procedure and told me that I would have some cramping but the procedure was very quick. I found the procedure to be VERY uncomfortable but breathed through it. When she was done I sat back on the table and felt a wave of nausea and told her. I then remember that she was talking to me and soothing me with cool towels but I felt very isolated and experienced tunnel vision. My ears began to buzz and my arms felt like pins and needles from the elbows down. I was sweating PROFUSELY!!! After about 10 mins. I started to feel back to normal. She explained to me that I had a vagal episode and that when some women have their cervix dialated for a procedure or childbirth they experience this reaction. It was the worst feeling I've ever had. I'm 33 years old, and height and weight proportionate. In the future she assured me if any other procedures were necessary they would sedate me for them. I hope I never experience another one of these episodes. ~Ally

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