That Time I Didn’t Pass Out

Some background on me….I’m a big fainter/passer-outer. 
It happens a couple times a year. I almost got through 2012 clear, but I had a fainting episode in Mauritius that snuck in there in the last couple weeks. 
Getting blood drawn is usually a given….I pass out.  I can only remember one time in my adult life when I’ve remained conscious and I was heavily medicated. Needless to say, I have been a little bit nervous about this lab appointment for a solid week. I even made my husband organize his schedule so he could come with me (passing out in front of strangers is really awkward, and I’ve experienced it on several occasions
Today I turned a corner…

Blood taken & I remained conscious. Big accomplishment over here!

My husband insisted we a donuts as a celebratory treat (and the nurse suggested I eat something with sugar and carbs) and I didn’t object.

Obviously, these are NOT on my eating plan. The blood work was for my nutritionist, so I justified the trade off. Getting blood drawn…big step forward. Gluten Free Hummingbird Donut, tiny step backwards. Balance, right?

Getting my blood drawn also required two rest days to get the most accurate readings, so I had a good excuse to be a lazy blob (see outfit in first photo for evidence). Starting tomorrow, it’s back on the grind. Apparently these marathons don’t run themselves.

Chicago People: This Friday, March 1st, Barre Bee Fit is doing a 21-day Spring It On Challenge based on creating a healthy addition or habit in your life AND attending 18 classes in 21 days. The classes are awesome (I highly recommend the Bardio and Barre Brawl) and the social aspect of the challenge is a great way to get support, and connect with others with similar goals.

All the details are HERE, and I hear that the prizes are pretty banging. 

Have you ever fainted in public? Tell me your story and make me feel better about myself. 

Healthy habit you have recently attempted or successfully incorporated into your life? I have incorporated a simple gratitude exercise into my morning routine. It started when I was reading The Magic, and I have continued now that I have finished the book. It has made such a huge difference in my life, and ensures my day starts out on the right foot. 

  • Dana

    Congrats on getting through without fainting!! I’ve never completely passed out but I do get very dizzy and faint occasionally. Worst was once on the Tube in London where I ended up having to lay down on the train floor until my boyfriend got me off at the next station.

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I don’t faint often, but it happens. Last time was about a year ago… I was doing a long run on the treadmill on a Saturday morning. Not sure what happened- didn’t eat anything out of the ordinary the 24 hours leading up to it, the gym wasn’t overheated… Anyway, in mile 4, I started swerving and at about halfway through, my world started getting dark.
    Fine. Whatever. I almost fainted. It happens to everyone. What was a little unnerving to me was, in a crowded gym with plenty of workers walking around, not one person approached me as I tried to step off the treadmill, couldn’t walk, and had to sit with my head btwn my knees for 5 minutes at the end of the tread. Wtf?

  • Melissa F.

    I used to be a fainter when it came to having blood drawn. I was the girl that actually slid out from the chair getting my blood drawn…passed out completely. Very embarrassing. I have a great tip. Have them take your blood lying completely flat. It truly helps. I’ve never passed out that way. I made it my whole first pregnancy doing it that way. Now I have since mastered blood being drawn the normal way…mostly because I didn’t want to look like a wimp in front of my 3 year old when she comes to my appointments. :)

  • Lisa

    I pass out about every 8 months to a year, and usually I’m at home when it happens. A few years ago though, I was on my way to work on a train packed shoulder-to-shoulder, and I started to feel overheated – I knew what was coming. I asked a guy sitting by me if I could sit down because I wasn’t feeling well, and next thing I knew, I was coming to on the floor of the subway car (ew) with 8734 people staring at me. Embarrassing.

  • Courtney in Chicago

    I passed out after giving blood at a blood drive at work. I was in the elevator on the ride up. I was trying to get my capri sun straw in (what they were giving out for your “sugar” needs) and I dropped the straw. When I bent down to pick it up I passed out. I think I rode the elevator for a while until someone found me. Humiliating.

  • Bethany

    I’ve fainted a couple of times, and both involved needles. I fainted in the middle of the mall when I got my ears pierced as a 10 year old…needless to say my current ear piercings are the ONLY piercings I will ever get as a result of that incident. I also fainted when I got my flu shot a couple of years ago, though fortunately I was in the health center at my college at the time so I was under good care (they even put an oxygen mask on me! It was all very dramatic). I try to just avoid needles as much as possible these days, though I had to get a booster shot about a month ago. I was VERY proud of myself for staying conscious through that whole ordeal.

  • Sierra

    Train floor? OMG. I would have wished for death. At least you were in a foreign country where you didn’t know too many people.

  • Allison @ Life’s a Bowl

    I am the worst when it comes to needles… I don’t know what it is or why I am, but I have always been terrified of getting shots! I can hold, touch, and talk about needles but instantly when I get pricked I lose it… I used to have to be held down when I was younger but nowadays I just cry – which makes for some awkward moments when the nurse doesn’t understand :P

  • Maggie

    I have fainted 5 times … the 5th time being yesterday at the office. Actually, 4 of the 5 times were in public – the carnival when I was 11 (and landed on my face, so I was all bloody and taken away in an ambulance), during church a few years later, after getting out of the shower before high school (the only time I have fainted in private), after giving a speech in a college class, and then yesterday in the (one-person) bathroom at my office. And then I threw up, so I think it was related to a stomach bug. But you have my sympathies! I hate fainting so much! Literally the worst feeling in the world. I’m a little scared how my body will react if I ever get pregnant.

  • Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian

    I used to be the worst with getting my blood taken. One time as I was getting my blood drawn, I started getting the woozy dizzy feeling. I immediately went “Oh no…not now!” and before I knew it, I grabbed a garbage can nearby and vomited right into it. Needless to say I was extremely embarrassed. But with my last hospital stay, I can honestly say that I can now get blood drawn without any dizzy or fainting feeling. My sister faints always when she gets blood drawn, so maybe it’s genetic?

  • Lindsay Edwordz

    I’ve never fainted, but I’m still not a fan of blood work. BUT I’ve also turned a corner! Today I gave blood for the first time, ever! I feel so great about helping (and not passing out or puking) :)

  • Meghan

    I’ve never fainted but I have had my share of students faint on me at work – I seem to have many of them in class:) And hello…where did you find that donut? If you tell me Glazed and Infused, I am going to kick myself in the butt for driving right past there today:)

  • Erin @ Loop Looks

    Woo hoo!!! I wonder what made the different this time. The rest, maybe?

    I’ve never fully fainted but I usually come close if I cut myself. Once when I was working in a restaurant, once in the shower, and once in my kitchen two years ago. I get all clammy and my head starts swimming and I can feel the blackness closing in. I can usually get my head below my heart before I go all the way out, though.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I’ve actually never fainted, or even came close! But congrats on not fainting! and gluten free donut? sign me up!

  • Nicole

    I almost fainted once while giving a presentation at work during my first “real” job. I’d been out running that morning and it was a really hot summer day. So I think I was dehydrated!

  • Amanda – TooTallFritz

    I’m not a fainter but I can certainly see how that would be “inconvenient”. My friend’s hubby fainted at their wedding. Imagine a dude who faints, maybe that will make you feel better? Sorry but congrats on making it thru the blood work!

  • Erin

    I fainted in church when I was 8 yrs old. I’ve fainted in doctor offices while getting blood drawn. I’m definitely a fainter. And mostly b/c I have low blood sugar issues.

  • Catherine Crain

    I’ve fainted before due to pain (i.e. monster period cramps before I got on the pill) and I’ve come close when I’ve had random cramps or get overheated and feel suffocated. I usually always have ice water with me, peppermints, a snack, and I try to avoid any place stuffy and hot. I’m pretty good with needles so far (better be-i’m in nursing school) :)

  • Amanda Tosh

    I fainted once a year ago on the airport shuttle bus in Nice. It was just a tiny bit warm and I was not adjusted to the heat yet. Also, the smell inside public transport here in France is usually enough to make someone faint. As for the healthy habit… changing to a mainly vegan diet :)

  • Amanda Tosh

    PS that donut looks like a major step forward in any day :D treats are good sometimes!

  • Alyssa @ Don’t Look Down

    I’ve fainted one time and it was embarrassing for me. It was about 3 years ago and I was visiting the pediatric dialysis center at the hospital for a class I was taking with about half of my class. I remember feeling really warm and fanning myself then all black. Thankfully someone caught me, but I was horrified. I had ran in the morning before class and didn’t eat enough breakfast or drink enough water. If I feel those symptoms coming on again at least I’ll know to sit down.

  • Carrisa

    Where did you find a gluten free donut?! I have celiac disease and donuts are the one thing I haven’t been able to find gluten free!

  • Sarah

    Oh, this makes me feel so much better! I, too, am a serial fainter. It’s to the point where I warn those involved that it WILL happen and I avoid blood draws at all costs. I have also been told that laying down flat helps. My worst (and most hilarious) experience…I had to get a few pretty large vaccines for a trip abroad and had to get a couple in my thighs. Needless to say, I passed out with my pants down – in a room of strangers – twice. :)

  • Gingerfoxxx

    Yay for little wins! I always faint too – it’s really embarrassing when you need to be somewhere after the doctors office.

  • Jordan P

    If that doesn’t call for donuts, I don’t know WHAT does.