I was hoping to have a post about my trip to Disney World, but this is a bit more important. Friday night was interesting… I fainted. After running for my train (and missing it) I suddenly felt very light headed and hot. I opened my jacket and made my way to the cold platform to get some fresh air. Suddenly I started feeling very woozy and took a few steps to head for a bench. I didn’t make it. I collapsed. I smashed my head and knees on the ground, broke my glasses and gashed my brow. I was bleeding profusely. An ambulance was called. I was carted to the ER on a stretcher.
After some checks with the doctor, my neck was found to be ok. More of a whiplash effect from smashing my head on the ground, but the cut over my brow required stitches. The EMTs and doctors all asked me if I was drunk, high or on medication. I said no, the only thing is that I’ve lost 100lbs over the past year and have been having some low blood pressure issues like this in the past few months. I’ve never had a fainting spell like this before. They asked if I had surgery for it or if it was lost naturally. I told them it was diet and some exercise.
The ER doctors were all very nice. They treated my wound, pumped me full of fluids and asked me all the relevant questions. Luckily, I never once lost my memory of the event. Even when I fainted, I remember seeing the ground rushing up to kiss my head. The worst bit was having my knees so badly scraped. Skinning your knee sucks. My head never hurt, surprisingly.
My head required 6 stitches. Interestingly, during my application of lidocaine I had no sensitivity to it. This confused the doctors quite a bit. They had me bracing for the worst pain being the application of the lidocaine. I felt NOTHING. I had a CT scan which came back negative (except that I seem to have chronic sinusitis.) My diagnosis: syncope (unknown reason).
Off to see my doctor and find out what’s wrong with me. After looking up Lidocaine, I found that people insensitive to it have this:
and I’m wondering if I suffered from this:
Today’s weigh-in 219lbs