Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hard core.

So I had a crazy experience on Monday and wasn't sure I was going to blog about it or not.. but why not :) I went to the doctor's office for a routine physical... a few minutes after I left, I had to pull over in the emergency lane of the highway because I thought I was going to die. I was nauseous, lightheaded, shaking with chills, drenched in cold sweat, and everything went very white... couldn't hardly see... basically half-passed out. I couldn't reach my husband, and eventually when it didn't go away, I called 911 for an ambulance. Keep in mind I am a cynic and have a small amount of medical knowledge so for me to call an ambulance is big stuff. Murphy's law, as soon as the cops and EMS showed up, I felt better. They took my pulse and blood pressure and blood sugar (52, 100/50, and 70 respectively-- he said "that's elite athlete resting heartrate/blood pressure range" but otherwise all within normal limits.) Since I wasn't stroking out or in any other way dying, as I feared, I eschewed a trip to the hospital and went on home instead of to the gym and then back to work. The doctor's office told me I had a vasovagal episode which can be caused by something as simple as giving a blood sample, getting a shot, or looking at blood. Man, I felt like a sissy.

But today was a three-fer... class this morning was all sweeps from bottom halfguard and I want to say THANK YOU to my academy for being so freaking DEEP in this regard! a series of 5 interconnecting moves.. yum. Lunch was my crossfit-like class, and since the weather was a lush and sunny 73, we spent it outside, running up and down hills and stairs. Then tonight's class Phil tweaked my guard passing, we worked on some variations on passing scissor guard, and in competition class, more Donald magic. :)

I need to get 3 patches sewn on my competition gi. The Bullshido one looks like it will go on the front of my leg; the Happy Kimonos on another leg, and the Red Menace patch across the back. Also, decided not to dye it Wedgewood blue in case everyone is right about how anal the IBJJF is about gi colors. So the only thing left to do? drill takedowns on every self-respecting under-brown-belt guy in the academy till I can't stand up! Oh, and keep watching my weight. Dinner tonight? Whole wheat tortillas, with a little lean chicken (marinated in my secret fajita seasoning) and chipotle salsa, black beans, corn, cheese and sour cream (for Mitch) and lime juice, freshly squeezed.

Goodnight..getting up early to pick up a training buddy for 6am class tomorrow.

8 comments:

Meerkatsu said...

Blimey how awful for you! If that happened to me I would definitely think I was stroking out. Do you know what your specific trigger was?

Jason said...

Overtrained. 3x/day is not the answer when your body starts trying to turn off.

Georgette said...

Per my doctor, I'm fine, not dehydrated, not overtrained... the pulse and blood pressure were normal for me (I usually have that low blood pressure and heartrate) and they gave me the go-ahead to keep training at my present pace if I feel like it... the trigger was apparently a delayed reaction to me giving a blood sample (cholesterol test) and it has happened to me before when donating blood. So it's all good :) Thanks for the worry folks.

Steve said...

I have had that happen to me before, as well. Scary, but no big deal. I always thought it was some kind of adrenal reaction.

Take care.

The Part Time Grappler said...

Hard Core!!!!

leslie said...

I got like that once, too, after giving blood. And once after an eye doctor test, when they put the reversing drops in; apparently it's a rare side effect.

Glad you're alright!

A.D. McClish said...

Glad it was nothing serious! That's scary. I get light headed like that a lot of times when I'm dehydrated, but what happened to you doesn't sound like the same thing. Glad you're ok. :)

John said...

It happened to me when I dislocated all my fingers in open mat. I had to pull over and thought I'd pass out. Turned out I was just grossed out after having to snap my fingers back into their sockets. Had a flashback next morning on the way to work and almost had to pull over again.