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  • #85539
    papergirlsfb
    @papergirlsfb

    So, I started this discussion because a lot of people want to know how it feels to pass out/faint.

    For the record, there are many different ways to do this. Stress, medically induced, when you get really freaked out, etc, and for me, I passed out because although my brain was fine, my heart wasn’t doing well. I knew in my head that everything was alright, but my heart didn’t understand.

    This is on,y the account of one of the times that I passed out, and this one was while I was sitting in a chair in the hospital, and a nurse was explaining what was going to happen in my upcoming scoliosis surgery.

    Without further ado, here is my account of passing out in written form:

    My conscious thought was understanding this information, but I guess my heart couldn’t understand why I would need back surgery. I do all the right things. I’m nice, kind, gentle, quiet. <i>That doesn’t matter</i>, my brain says. <i>No one picks this, it just happens.</i>

    All of this takes place in about one second, because that’s how fast a brain works.

    Fainting is a very weird sensation, because in my experience, you remain conscious. You hear everything that is happening, but you can’t physically move. First, you get sweaty, and you think to yourself, just hold it in for one minute longer.  You can feel it coming, and you can’t do anything about it. There’s no way that you could convince your brain to make sense of it. It’s all just gone all the sudden.

    “Is she all right?” The doctor asks.

    <i>Yes, I’m fine,</i> I want to reply, but can’t. It’s physically impossible.

    Also, there’s the ringing. It all in my head, but there all the more. It makes concentrating hard, but not impossible. Never impossible.

    ————

    Hope that helps!

    Sincerely,

    Sylvie Berg

    " I don't like conflict."
    *laughs in his face*
    "You're in a book. What did you expect?"
    -Me

    #85540
    papergirlsfb
    @papergirlsfb

    @selah-chelyah

    It wasn’t medically induced, though I have had that happen recently, and it’s really weird. I could hear every word spoken, but the ringing in my ears made it hard to concentrate in anything.

    -Sylvie Berg

    " I don't like conflict."
    *laughs in his face*
    "You're in a book. What did you expect?"
    -Me

    #85544
    Ariel Ashira
    @ashira

    @papergirlsfb  I have like fainted/blacked out for a little bit before, and it was pretty much like you described.  Just for different reasons though.

    "No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets, or how hard you fall, you are never out of the fight."

    #85636
    Anne of Lothlorien
    @anne-of-lothlorien

    @papergirlsfb That’s interesting… I’ve never fainted or passed out, but I was knocked out once. It was… so weird. It was literally like a little block of my life had been taken away. I was running after a guy, playing Capture the Flag, and he turned around right as I caught him, slamming me to the ground. It was instantly black, then I was standing up and I was dizzy, but my friend said I was out for like, five seconds.

    I'm short, I like words, and I love people.
    No, I didn't draw my profile pic.

    #85639
    Ariel Ashira
    @ashira

    @anne-of-lothlorien Yikes.

    "No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets, or how hard you fall, you are never out of the fight."

    #85700
    papergirlsfb
    @papergirlsfb

    @anne-of-lothlorien

    Huh. Interesting. Did you get a concussion?

    -Sylvie

     

    " I don't like conflict."
    *laughs in his face*
    "You're in a book. What did you expect?"
    -Me

    #85791
    Anne of Lothlorien
    @anne-of-lothlorien

    @papergirlsfb No, I did not. I was slightly confused for a moment because my shoe had seemed to disappear. It had actually come off and flown over the fence! But no, no concussion.

    I'm short, I like words, and I love people.
    No, I didn't draw my profile pic.

    #85912
    papergirlsfb
    @papergirlsfb

    @anne-of-lothlorien

    Haha! That’s funny!

    -Sylvie

    " I don't like conflict."
    *laughs in his face*
    "You're in a book. What did you expect?"
    -Me

    #85990
    Theresa Play
    @theresa-play

    going to add something here.

    For me it felt like @papergirlsfb said, but it also seemed to take forever for me to hit the ground. I could’ve sworn that it was at least 30 secs to a minute before I hit the ground  (because I was having a really weird inner dialogue while being happy that I had experienced this so that I would be able to write about it) but my sister (who watched the whole thing) says it was only around 3 seconds. I was then unconscious for a few seconds (which I don’t remember, but apparently that was when my sister figured out I wasn’t being dramatic and faking because I didn’t respond)

     

    also, I have no clue as to why I fainted. No medical issues that I know of.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Theresa Play.

    "My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight."
    - C. S. Lewis

    #86011
    Selah CJW
    @selah-chelyah

    @papergirlsfb

    Hey, you made a topic! Thanks for sharing with all of us. 🙂

    Assistant Guildmaster of the Phantom Awesome Meraki
    ~ Created to create ~

    #88302
    papergirlsfb
    @papergirlsfb

    @selah-chelyah No problem! Glad my experiences have come to good use! I have nothing better to do with them other than write about them 🙂

    I had also fainted/passed out (a few weeks prior to the time mentioned above) during an x-ray, while it was malfunctioning, which probably was the cause of my inner feelings, although in my head it made sense. I felt my consciousness slip away from me, but I didn’t want to sit down and bother the nurses while they were figuring out the machine. I fell on the floor, and the ringing in my head way louder than the second time, mentioned above. The nurses put a pillow under my head and just told me to lay there while they fixed the machine, and then when I was okay enough to stand, they actually did the x-ray.

    The third and final time I remember going unconscious, other than those weird dentist appointments, was on the day of my surgery, medically induced, when they put a mask on my face and I went unconscious from there. They counted down the seconds from ten, and I don’t remember them saying anything past 7. It was a really weird feeling, and one that I am glad I had already in my short life. I wouldn’t have my surgery again, mind you, but you get what you get, and might as well take stuff from it, you know?

    All three were unique as I was standing in one, sitting in another, and laying down in the last one, and one was medically induced. I will definitely incorporate one or more into my writing.

     

    " I don't like conflict."
    *laughs in his face*
    "You're in a book. What did you expect?"
    -Me

    #88633
    Selah CJW
    @selah-chelyah

    @papergirlsfb

    Wow, yeah. Thanks! Great explanations. 🙂

    I understand what you mean about having experiences you’re grateful for, even if you wouldn’t want to do it again. Same thing happened to me when I was in a crash that could have been fatal…glad to be able to know what that was like, but would not want to do it again! And in that case, grateful for the protection of God. I will incorporate that into my writing, as well. 😀

    Assistant Guildmaster of the Phantom Awesome Meraki
    ~ Created to create ~

    #91705
    papergirlsfb
    @papergirlsfb

    @selah-chelyah Yeah. Very grateful. Everything works out to God’s plan in the end. I was also in a car accident when I was very young, but I don’t remember it. This car accident was the cause of my scoliosis, and my three fainting incidents, although no one can prove it. It’s made me a better person in the long run, even though I wouldn’t have wanted it to happen in the beginning before. Having surgery makes you realise that a dentist appointment really isn’t the end of the world 🙂

    " I don't like conflict."
    *laughs in his face*
    "You're in a book. What did you expect?"
    -Me

    #91790
    Selah CJW
    @selah-chelyah

    @papergirlsfb

    Ah, so true! God is good, though your world is falling apart. He knows the reason, though it’s really dark sometimes. 🙂

    Assistant Guildmaster of the Phantom Awesome Meraki
    ~ Created to create ~

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