Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I believe I finally did it...

...had the most embarrassing public moment of my life today.

I was grocery shopping with Kevin, per usual, today. I was trying to reach the diet soda that Roni wanted and, not only was it on the top shelf, it was in the back of the shelf. I was trying to determine how I was going to get at it because it was really far back there. I'll tell you that I'm quite used to stepping on the bottom shelf at the store because, when you're only 5'1" in shoes, you have to adapt. Well, I made the erroneous decision to step not only on the bottom shelf, but also on a case of soda. You probably know what happened. The case slipped. My knee then slammed off the shelf above it.

I've mentioned before what happens to me when I'm in a lot of pain and this was no exception. The world started going black and I started feeling sick to my stomach. Kevin is sitting in the cart and I said, "I have to lay down, baby." He thinks I'm playing and starts giggling. There was no way I could get up or I know I would have lost consciousness. So there I lay feeling like an ass and not being able to do a damn thing about it. When I pass out in these situations, I have seizures. I could not let that happen. I have my damn legs wrapped around the grocery cart and was watching Kevin praying that he would just not try to climb out. After a couple of minutes, I tried to stand. No go. I broke out in a cold sweat and started to go down. I pulled my coat off because I needed to get cool and laid back down on the floor.

The crowd started gathering. GAWD!!! I'm mortified laying there, but had no choice. A very nice lady came by and kept talking to me, asking if I was okay, etc. She said to just lay there and she'll stay with my baby and not to worry. More people came. The question of "should we call an ambulance?" NO!!!!! I'll be okay in a few minutes. I tried to stand. The world went black around the edges and, worse, the hearing started going. If you've ever passed out, you know that that is the last thing that happens before there's nothing but black. I have to lay down again. I laid on the floor and looked up at Kevin. He's starting to look confused and concerned. The nice lady keeps reassuring me that she'll watch him. More people gathered. I can barely hear them. I'm willing this effing episode to pass already. The lady is telling me I'm clammy. I knew that. She grabs a pack of soda and pops one open and tells me to drink it. I don't want to hurt her feelings and tell her that I'm a diabetic and can't have it. It's not my sugar. It's a vasovagal episode. I took a sip to be polite anyway. After about 10 or 15 minutes of causing a scene and giving these people something to chat about to their friends and family, I was finally able to stand without feeling like I was going to faint.

When I was finally alone with Kevin, after thanking everybody (especially the nice lady) profusely, Kevin leaned forward and gave me a kiss.

What a freakin' day.

I wish I could have taken pictures for the blog...LOL.

11 comments:

Pug and I said...

Holy crap, that is definitely understandably embarrassing. But, the good thing is you were passing out, so people were more concerned than giggling at your situation. Now, if you had split your pants in front of a crowd, that would be pure giggles and no concern. Thank God for little blessings. :-P

And awww, Kevin giving you a kiss - SO cute! :)

Kylie's Mommy said...

Oh Tami how scary that must have been for you. I would have been freaking out if I was in your situation. Thank God for the nice lady that watched Kevin.

PS:
Did Roni get her soda? :)

Michelle Smiles said...

Wow - how scary! I'm glad it all turned out okay and that was nice of the woman but so awful for you to feel so helpless!

Vanessa said...

Sorry but the split pants comment made me chuckle because when I first started reading I thought that was what you were going to say!!
I can't even begin to imagine how you felt!! Does this happen all the time?

ScantyNebula said...

I was doing some research on vasovagal episodes and came across this post. I had to comment. I know exactly how you feel .. I had the same thing happen to me tonight. I went to the optometrist and after I got my dilation drops, lo and behold, things went black, hearing starts to go ... oh boy, here we go again. I had to laugh at my incident and your story, only because its so ridiculous and unexplainable why this happens to us. Have you ever found a way to prevent these episodes? It seems to me there's no cure for us crazy folk! lol

Rhonda said...

HOLY CRAP, that is one scary episode girl. Poor thing. I will say though that I am rather surprised no one called 911 regardles what you say! I'm 5'1" too and so I've had my share of standing on those stupid platforms and I want to know why do the put all the good stuff on the blasted top shelf??? LOL So glad to hear though that you are fine and all is well.

Laurie said...

OH you poor thing!!! And it makes it that much harder to have your little one with you. I am surprised also that no one called 911 anyway. Well, I'm glad you are OK. I'm 5'4 and have stood on shelves too. It's all made for tall people.

Baby John's Crib said...

Hey, glad you're okay, that must have been so scary!

Terry said...

Girl...how horrible! At first I was laughing because I thought you were going to tell something funny. Oh my gosh...this isn't funny at all. I'm so sorry you were embarrassed, but it seems you had some pretty cool people around...nothing to worry about. Glad you didn't actually pass out! Now, the question is....did you finish grocery shopping after the "event"?

Lisa said...

I'm glad you're okay and I'm super glad that lady was there to watch Kevin for you. Don't be embarrassed over something you can't control. Is your knee okay now??

Samantha- Mama to Julian said...

glad you made it through that one. the same thing happens to me...seizures when i pass out from pain (usually combined with fear). the doctors always tell me it's impossible, that i'm just passing out. um, ok...??? glad they didn't call 9-1-1!