Monday, 23 June 2014

On remembering to rest

Every now and then, we experience something which makes us re-evaluate the way we operate as human beings.
Yesterday, whilst out for lunch with friends, I fainted. I have fainted - or come close to it - a few times in the past 3 or 4 years, but I can usually tell when it's happening and prevent it. But for whatever reason yesterday, with a combination of beautiful sunshine and good food, I slumped in the chair, scared the life out of Ash and ended up in hospital. The restaurant called an ambulance. I know why they did it, and I would have done it if someone fainted in my work, so when I came around I was greeted by two lovely paramedics who helped me on board the ambulance. They did some obs, and my blood pressure was dangerously low  - 82/40-something. I sat in the ambulance whilst we waited for my blood pressure to come back up, and Ash went off to get the car so he could take me straight home. After 15 minutes or so, I felt well enough to stand up, and so got out of the ambulance, thanked the restaurant, and waited outside for Ash, chatting to friends and one of the paramedics. And then I woke up on the pavement. The next quarter of an hour was a blur. I was taken by ambulance to the local A&E department whilst Ash followed behind. Once in hospital, I put on a gown, had an ECG and blood taken. The nurse who was treating me was great, but it was a 2 hour wait before the Doctor came round.

When you sit in the sun, your capillaries naturally expand to the surface, meaning we have the same amount of blood in our bodies which now has a bigger space to fill. When you eat, blood rushes to your stomach to help the digestion process. Yesterday, my blood was going everywhere apart from my brain, which is why I fainted.

Okay - I'm lucky. I didn't fall off the chair and hit my head. I didn't get admitted overnight. But just those few hours in A&E got me thinking about how lucky I am. I'm healthy, I'm young, and I'm surrounded by people who care about me. I could have been in a much worse way, but I wasn't.

Whilst I sat on the bed in the hospital, I knew that I need to remember to rest. Not just physically, but mentally too. It's good to shut off. To forget about work and worries, and to just LIVE. I spend so many hours feeling guilty because I'm not doing anything, when really, there's nothing wrong with that at all. What happened yesterday is hopefully unrelated to my physical or mental exhaustion but it definitely made me think twice about how I tackle each day.

8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're okay!! The heat is dangerous, Especially when you live in a country where it's cold most the year, and you're not used to it. x

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  2. So pleased to hear that you're on the mend, I had sunstroke in Bude a few years ago and was out of action for a good two days. Its so important to keep hydrated and I think thats definitely something I need to work on in this heat, the Avne thermal spring water spray thing is really good for cooling you down :)
    Phoebe x

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  3. I'm happy to hear you're okay! I sometimes feel like I'm going to faint and that makes me panic so I can kind of understand how scary it must have been. Drinking water really helps when I feel faint:) x


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  4. I'm glad you're ok now, take a good rest and make sure you don't get stressed!

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  5. The same thing happened to my sister last week. She was alone at the time. You were lucky. I hope you get better soon. My sister is not allowed on her own til she is as right as rain x

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  6. Wow, I'm gad to hear you're okay! I hope you're taking that extra time to rest, you deserve it!

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  7. I find it impossible to spend time doing nothing, there is nowhere near enough time to do everything as it is! I am glad you're ok.

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  8. I am so happy to hear you're alright!! I used to pass out all of the time as a teenager due to a heart condition that I grew out of - and it can be very scary!! I hope you take some time to relax and destress a bit. Something like this is definitely a good reminder that we all need to take care of ourselves and not push beyond our limits. <3

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