Monday, March 1, 2010
Far From Ordinary
The technician had taken all but the last two images and continued to position me on the machine. I was doing well until the room suddenly turned warm, and I became light-headed. I asked to sit down. Once I had regained my head, the technician took another image, and only the final image remained. She kept asking me how I was doing, and I said, "okay."
I just wanted to get it over with and leave; however, my body had other plans. When I came to my senses, I was on the floor with my head on a pillow, a cool cloth on my forehead, and two people huddled over me with great concern on their faces. I answered their questions and rested for a few minutes. When my color returned and my dizziness disappeared, they allowed me to stand up.
I refused to be taken to the ER, but promised to inform my doctor. I sat in the waiting room for about 10 minutes under watchful eyes.
Later, the nurse at my doctor's office scared me even more when, after two attempts, she could not get a diastolic number when she took my blood pressure. I sat and waited so she could repeat the procedure. When she was finally able to get a reading my blood pressure was 108/40 - extremely low for me.
The doctor thought the new diuretic he prescribed on Tuesday was the cause; however, I've had these episodes (minus the fainting) for years, especially at church, which is why I started sitting through the entire worship service. I've also had them while standing in line at a store, while walking, etc. I experienced the same thing at the Winter Quilt Show earlier this month. If I hadn't found a chair when I did, I may have been on the floor then, too. I've also been known to just sit on the curb until the feeling passed.
Syncope is somewhat common, but for those with pulmonary hypertension or sick sinus syndrome (I have both) it can be a sign that the condition may be progressing. My doctor wants me to continue to monitor my blood pressure, cut back on the new medication, and keep a journal of these events.