Within the first two weeks of the new semester, I blacked out and had a stomach virus.
– Wait, what?! –
Yeah…so it all happened when I was waiting in line to watch the movie premiere of “13 hours”. I think there was a lot of different things that played a part in why I blacked out, but for now…I’m just going to say McDonald’s. Okay, so maybe I should back up a little bit haha. A couple of hours before I headed out, I was trying to figure out meetings times for multiple groups, people were asking me questions, and my phone was basically exploding with notifications, but you see, that’s normal for me. I think what was really stressful about those two hours was that everything was just so up in the air and so chaotic and not in order that I was freaking out inside. What made it worse was when we were trying to find parking at the stadium. My friend and I were meeting two of our other friends who were already in line to enter, so I wanted to find parking as soon as possible. We thought the movie started at 5:30pm, and it was 6pm by the time we reached the stadium and all of the parking lots said “Lot Full” but cars were still driving into them, so I thought I could do the same. Boy, was I wrong. As soon as I drove into one of the full lots, the lady who was stationed there yelled, “THE LOT IS FULL! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! THE LOT. IS FULL! BACK UP. BACK UP. BACK UP. BACK UP!!!!!!”, and immediately after I started freaking out “OMGOMGOMGOMG I’M SORRY OKAY GOSH WHY YOU LETTIN’ PEOPLE IN THEN. You didn’t have to get all mad about it. You could’ve just let me in so I can drive around and find parking…” except, you know, I said this all in my car. So then we decided to park at the Walmart across the street and walk over, but as soon as we got across, another lady was like “I hope you guys didn’t park at Walmart because you’re going to get towed”. We decided to stay there and we walked over to the entrance only to find out the movie actually started at 8pm and my purse was too big to be allowed in the stadium, so we had to walk back to Walmart to drop my purse off. We decided to grab food at McDonald’s, find actual parking at the stadium, and then we proceeded to walk to the entrance…again. We scarfed down the food, and as soon as we were standing in line, that’s when it all went down…literally.
I first got abdominal pain, so I sat down in line because I thought it would make me feel better. It did at first but then the line was moving, so I had to get up. As we were walking, I started feeling light-headed and seeing spots, so I grabbed my friend’s shoulder to hold onto as the line was moving. My body grew heavier and before I knew it, everything went black for a split second and then I was sitting on the ground. I decided to stay down (duh), but I was more touched that the people around me were concerned and asked if I was okay or if I needed help as soon as I went down. The EMT rushed over and made everyone back up to give me space, and they started asking me all these questions. After they gave me a cup of water and everything, I was feeling a lot better, and I then hopped onto the golf cart that brought me to the stadium’s first aid area. At this point, it was 7:45pm or so and the first aid people asked me more questions, had me fill out some forms, and they checked my vitals. They told me I was extremely pale and said I could stay as long as I needed to stay. A little bit before 8:30pm, I asked my friend if we could just go back to my apartment so I could shower and sleep and if he could drive us back as well. I got back home, took a shower, watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model (woohoo!), and went to sleep around 11pm. I was pretty tired and weak the next day, but afterwards, I was back to normal.
Overall, it was a really weird and scary but kind of fun experience for me. Weird and scary in the sense that I had no idea what was going on with my body and that I wasn’t feeling well, but fun in terms of “first experiences”. It was my first time blacking out like that, having EMT rush to my side, getting my vitals checked, sitting in a stretcher at the first aid area, and overall it was a pretty fun experience considering that I was cracking jokes here and there with the first aid staff. All in all, I was just glad that my friend was there and that I was back to my normal self the next day (: Yay feebly me.