(Closed) Ever have a loved one faint on you?? SCARY!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No experience, my man was in the Army so he looks at blood like “Meh.” 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I almost fainted donating blood the other day. 

 

I don’t think I have ever seen someone faint! It sounds terrifying 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m usually the fainter… (I have an issue with needles)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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 # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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!

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