I am prone to fainting. No one has been able to determine why, but it's probably some type of vasovagal syncope. The first time I fainted was during fifth grade. We were all standing around during science class looking at a model of an ear, and I started feeling hot and really weird. I guess I turned pale and started swaying around, because the teacher stopped class and asked if I felt okay. I said " I feel dizzy." and next thing I knew, I was lying on the floor looking up at a bunch of stunned classmates. That incident opened the floodgates: since then, I've probably fainted about 50 times- on vacation, because of a fever, at work, giving blood. It's more embarrassing than anything else, and tends to cause a big scene. For example, when I was in high school my family was on vacation in Cancun, and we were eating breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel lobby, and suddenly I didn't feel so well. I decided to go back to my room and lie down. However, when I stood up and walked across the room, I completely blacked out and hit the floor. When I came to, I was surrounded by panicked waiters yelling "señorita! señorita!" and a German tourist was putting ice on my wrists.
So, on to today...I volunteered for a medical study at work- donate three little tubes of blood, and help someone's research project (and get paid $25 cash for your trouble). I warned the girl in advance that I sometimes get a little lightheaded (mostly because I didn't want her to freak out in case I did faint), but thought I would be fine. The blood draw was a tad uncomfortable but over in a jiffy. I started to get that muffled hearing sensation (the first sign....uh-oh) and sat down for a while until it passed. I thought I was in the clear, but when I rose from the chair and started walking, everything went black. I slumped against the wall, then sort of slid down it and ended up lying on the tile floor in a busy hallway. The incident attracted a crowd of about ten nurses, doctors, researchers, and receptionists . So embarrassing! Everyone was really nice, though, and since it is a hospital, they should be used to such occurrences.
Anways, onto the list #38
Things That (sometimes) Make Me Faint:
1. getting blood drawn
2. watching other people bleed (only when it's a lot of blood, a simple paper cut won't do the trick)
3. having a fever
4. being somewhere really hot
5. not eating (You know those people who claim "I was so busy I forgot to eat!" well, that would never happen to me.)
6. Doing animal experimentation
7. Thinking about eyeballs (they totally gross me out)