Post # 1
So FI and I joined a gym, and with every new membership, they do baseline tests which include height, weight, bmi, blood pressure, and a blood test finger prick to test your glucose, cholesterol ect. It is a very simple test and they just put some blood on a little cassette which the machine reads.
Well I had talked to FI about how he can’t stand needles and his own blood, and that he often faints at the sight of it. I had heard stories but I’ve never witnessed it.
So I did the test first and all went well. We warned the lady that he has a history of fainting and so she went to prick his finger which went fine. About a minute in though, he goes completely white and says he doesn’t feel well. Two seconds later his eyes roll back in his head, he convulses a few times and goes completely unresponsive. Now, even though you can be told to prepare for this all you want, there is nothing scarier than seeing your loved one faint!! If I didn’t know I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, I sure as heck know now! The thought of losing him was soooo scary, I am close to tears tonight just thinking about it!
Now the lady doesn’t know what to do (which is a whole another story…she should have been better trained to deal with this……) and she leaves to call an ambulance, but of course I’m just like, “get a cold washcloth!!” and as she was gone I just tapped his cheek and shook him a tad and he woke up like nothing was wrong! I called her back into the room and thankfully she hadn’t called 911 because that would have been costly considering he warned her and he was completely fine once he woke up!
He went on with the rest of the appointment like nothing happened! Of course he did not complete the blood test but it’s really not that big of a deal!
Anyone else witness or deal with this?? It is soooo scary! I think the worst part was that he looked like he was having a seizure at first! 🙁
Please share you stories if comfortable!
Post # 4
No experience, my man was in the Army so he looks at blood like “Meh.”
Post # 5
I almost fainted donating blood the other day.
I don’t think I have ever seen someone faint! It sounds terrifying
Post # 6
yup my sister has fainted on me twice once at a water park and another time (like you) at the gym. It is very scary and I will know longer work out with her. Both times it was because she overexerted herself on very little food
Post # 7
I’m usually the fainter… (I have an issue with needles)
Post # 8
The only time I’ve seen someone faint it wasn’t too dramatic, their legs just kind of gave out and they crumbled to the ground like a wet noodle. A couple of minutes later they were up and alert.
I’m usually the fainter. I have blood pressure that is on the lower side of normal, whenever I haven’t eaten for a while, I tend to get really light headed if I stand too quickly. The only two times I have actually fainted: once was after I gave blood (I squeezed the ball too fast and ended up just going down after I stood up too quickly)… the second was while I was having a tiny procedure done in the doctors office after surgery. That one was scary because when I came to the doc asked if I had seizures… I just said “No… why did I just have one?” She said no and we moved on lol. Apparently, I moved around a lot… thankfully she said that is pretty normal with fainting. It’s the same principle as when your muscles involuntarily jerk when you are falling asleep… nothing to worry about! 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsArtsy: Oooh thank you! Yeah when I googled it I read the same thing about the involutary jerks so I wasn’t too worried about it after the fact! Just looks suuper scary!
Looks like a lot of you are the fainters! I don’t like blood either but usually when I start feeling icky I can try to get my mind off of it.
Post # 10
@laurel946: I read somewhere that one of the theories behind “vasovagal syncope” (stimulation of the vasovagal nerve is what causes people to faint at the sight of blood or pain) is that it used to be a defense mechanism back in the day.
They likened it to “playing oppossum”. One thought was that, it was a way for our bodies to “play dead” to avoid danger, so the threat would just pass us by.
Or the other was that people who had a sensitive vasovagal nerve would survive serious injury longer (assuming there was someone around to help). Say you got your arm severed in battle, when your blood pressure drops and you faint you lose much less blood and live longer.
Kind of random, but I always thought it was interesting so I thought I’d share 🙂
Post # 11
@MrsArtsy: Sweet! I’ll have to tell him cause he was feeling embarrassed about it! Really he’s just doing the survival of the fittest 😉 haha thanks!
Post # 12
I have never seen it, but I have fainted in front of DH before. All I know is when I woke up it looked like he was scared to death. He said it was so scary – he thought I was dying or something!
Post # 13
I used to pass out all the time when I was little. My mom had the routine down for what to do; I’ve lost count of how many times I passed out and woke up to her yelling and blowing in my face. The last time was when I was 13 in a parking lot. Thank god my brother was right next to me and caught me, or else I would have probably gotten a concussion. I had a friend faint on me once last year. She was already kneeling, so it wasn’t a bad fall or anything. I made sure I could see her breathing and eventually was able to make her wake up. It was really scary.
Post # 14
I’ve been in the opposite position, I randomly developed epilepsy two years ago and I was constantly convulsing. After my first one I woke up and he was crying and there were paramedics at my house and I was so confused and had amnesia. It was so scary from my end too. That’s the only time I have ever seen him cry, he’s a tough farmer boy and does not every cry. It was awful.
Post # 15
I’ve never witnessed someone faint, but I, myself, have fainted!
FI and I were at a Yankees game in September of 2011. It was REALLY hot this particular day. We got to the stadium early and we were starving, so we got hot dogs, french fries, and water. We didn’t want to sit in the sun yet and there are no tables with chairs in their food court, so we had to stand at a table. All was well until I finished eating. My chest started to hurt and I got really sweaty. I said to FI “my chest is bothering me” and he jokingly said “if you’re going to complain, we’re going to go home”. Then I started seeing black spots in front of my eyes and I told him I needed to sit down. That’s when he realized something was wrong and ran over to the other side of the table where I had put my head down. He spun me around to take me to sit down, but I literally fainted into his arms! From what he tells me, because I don’t remember, he was holding me up and someone asked if he needed help, to which he replied “YES!”. Fortunately, first aid was right around the corner. I started to come to and all I remember was seeing pinstripes (he was wearing a Jersey). In the midst of coming back to consciousness, I threw up right in front of him and a little bit got on his shoes =(. First aid came and I vaguely remember being whisked away. They asked if I could walk, which at that point I could, but unsteadily. It felt really good to be in the air conditioning of First Aid. They asked me what happened and if I had a history of fainting, which I don’t – this was the first time. They took my blood pressure and temperature – both were fine. They had me lay on a table with ice on my head and gave me water. Literally every inch of my body was covered in sweat. After about a half hour, I felt perfectly fine. FI kept asking if I wanted to go home, but I wanted to see my boys play! We stayed for the game, but FI bought me about 10 bottles of water throughout. It was sweet of him, but I was constantly in the bathroom, lol! Definitely THE scariest thing I have ever experienced before. You feel helpless. Apparently though, someone told me that Nathan’s has nitrates in it which could have caused the fainting mixed with the heat. Ever since then I try to take better care of myself when in the heat!
Post # 16
Nope, but I myself am VERY prone to fainting! It is such a pain. I take every precaution I can, and sometimes there’s just no avoiding it, even when I can FEEL it happening and try to consciously will myself out of it. Sooo frustrating.
Oh, yeah, and I fainted IN MY BROTHER’S WEDDING a few years ago. (And no, I did not lock my knees!) Lol, it was sooo awful having pretty much everyone I have ever known come up to me during the reception, sympathetically tilt their head, and ask, “Oh, honey… did you lock your knees?” Man oh man. Nope, I’m just a fainter!