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What happens when you faint?
- By Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I’ve fainted so many times that I get a slight warning which I heed and get as close to floor as I can because I know the floor will come to me if I don’t. I have been injured fainting. I once hit my face against a wooden door and then a wooden floor. I woke up with my face swimming in blood. My nose just wasn’t right for about 6 months. My nose ran all the time. If someone tells me something upsetting I’ll most likely faint. I’ve been able to do a “few saves” when I am in a chair and can put my head between my knees. I’ve fainted at home alone. I’ve managed to hold on long enough for the paramedics to come only to faint on them. I’ve fainted in medical offices. One day I scared the mailman half silly….I fainted in the hallway when I was talking to him. I was laying unconscious on the hall stairs. I once fainted being prepped for surgery ….my friend who was with me said they brought in a crash cart. I wasn’t out for just a short time either. I was never so tired in my life after that adventure and spent 5 days in the coronary unit and no surgery. They did some test on me and the man administering the test seemed scary to me so of course I fainted. Came to out in the hall…not even in the room I’d been in and I was all alone. I got hysterical. I didn’t know what happened to me. I can almost give a command performance….faint lady….I’m on it.
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