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the vapors

By Tara Zandra | December 2, 2013

I used to tell people that the only time in my life that I came close to fainting was the day after I got my belly button pierced. I was in the shower and was cleaning it as instructed and then swayed a bit and felt like I might keel over from the pain. But I recognize now that I felt a bit woozy, shall we say, but definitely not faint.

When I was in Cabo San Lucas I had a panic attack brought on by a stressful situation, sea sickness and, I’m assuming, the heat. At the time I never really thought I would faint nor did I describe the feeling as such.

Well, back in February I actually fainted. And this past Saturday I almost did. Now that I know for sure what it feels like, I can definitely say I almost fainted in Cabo and apparently I’m a person who is prone to fainting.

Who knew?

It all started with Chris’s birthday plans. The LA Kings announced there would be a blood drive at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It had been a year since Chris got his tattoo so he was eligible to donate and decided this was the perfect time- his birthday. Donating blood has always kind of been a small fear of mine but I suddenly realized I didn’t really feel afraid anymore so I figured I would join him.

Blood Drive sponsored by the Kings may have been a misnomer. There was a table with 2 of the ice crew who basically told us to go down the hall to our left and then went about their conversation. As far as we could tell, we were the only ones there for the Kings aspect of it. Many people were there to donate to a specific patient.

We got our paperwork done and went through the steps and all was well. Chris was done and partaking of his juice and cookies (they really do give you that, huh) and waiting for me. That’s pretty much when it started going south. Nausea, extreme desire to close my eyes, blackness surrounding my vision- oh the whole nine yards. They got me unhooked and slap two ice cold clothes on my head and tried to order me not to close my eyes and to stay with them.

So yeah, my wonderful good deed and I cause a problem. They also told me it happens all the time and not to let it deter me in the future. Considering I’ve been dizzy everyday since, it may be a while until I go back.

Oh, and I won the raffle for Kings tickets for tonight so I guess they did keep track somehow. I’m not there, you may notice, but my husband and friend were kind enough to take my tickets leaving me on kid duty.

Not Bitter.

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One Response to “the vapors”

  1. Melyssa Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Tom donates blood but I don’t. The small handful of times I even needed a blood test I almost fainted, and watching Brenna have blood taken does the same if I actually watch. I can’t. LOL I haven’t fainted a lot but have come close dozens of times. Only actually fainted twice. Once when I had the flu, and once during a panic attack.