Keep Your Eyes Peeled
I'd just about given up on YouthVoices topics when I stood up to grab the remote. The dizziness hit immediately and my body warmed quickly. My vision blurred till I could see nothing but black. As soon as it cleared, I sat back down in front of the ol' laptop and googled "vasovagal syncope".
"Vasovagal syncope is the most common cause of fainting. It occurs when your body reacts in an exaggerated way to such triggers as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The trigger results in a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to your brain and causes you to briefly lose consciousness."
I started fainting about two years ago and though it's been nearly a year since my last episode, I've been expecially dizzy lately. Last summer, I was a few lights from the freeway entrance on 13th South, driving to a friend's house when I fainted. I crashed into the car in front of me, who then hit the car in front of him. My head hit the steering wheel, bringing me back to consciousness and leaving me with an attractive bruise. It wasn't a particularly bad accident, but it could have ended much worse. Heck, I could have flown right off that bridge! So this is my way of warning the world. Maybe stay out of my way for a while, especially if I have any of the following symptoms.
- Pale appearance to your skin
- Feeling of warmth
- A cold, clammy sweat