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Halfway through my 5 mile run this morning my music went off and a call came through. It was about my son, who had collapsed in the bathroom and had been found by a teacher. Paramedics were called, I ran like the freaking wind to the house, got in the car and drove straight to him at the school, turned down the opportunity to pay a million bucks have a ride to the ER and drove him myself (it's a mile from the school), and had to almost carry my 6'1", 180 pound son into the ER.

After hours of tests - full battery of them - the conclusion is: they don't know. Could be low blood sugar, even though his wasn't really low. Could be low blood pressure, but his wasn't really low. Could be his medicines, who knows. Awesome. (And it doesn't matter, because jfc it is my child and I don't CARE about my looks, but I spent all day smelling like an armpit, sweaty and nasty in my workout clothes and I tried to give myself a wee sponge bath with antiseptic wipes because I was mortified that I had been working out and felt disgusting.)

He's home, fine, eating everything that isn't tied down and now I get to do my adrenaline dump after keeping it cool all damn day so HE wouldn't lose it. There was a massive car wreck that had the ER filled, and it was nerve-wracking sitting in our room and watching Care Flight stretchers race by and hear people crying and yelling in pain. UGH. :(

Tonight for Halloween I'm going as a frazzled mom who needs a drink. WAIT. A SLUTTY frazzled mom who needs a drink. There, now I'm keeping in tradition.

and I'm really unhappy that I posted about this on FB and only ONE FRIEND had anything sympathetic to say, thank you crazydiamondsue and everyone else made the equivalent of dick jokes. YEAH, I KNOW I GO FOR THE FUNNY, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THINGS GET SERIOUS IN MY LIFE, FFS. I have FAMILY that was actively online at the time. Pah.


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Oct. 31st, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)

How low was his BS? Maze had a nasty habit of fainting when it was low for him, but not really medically low. It's really variable from person to person...

Oct. 31st, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
It was average, and average for him - that's what had the paramedics perplexed. But he told them how he was applying to nursing school, so they made a point of explaining everything they were doing and answering questions. :)

Oct. 31st, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
OMG Stoney! HUGS to you. Since I'm not strictly speaking a Christian, I can't say a prayer. But I can light a candle and send positive energy your way. Hang in there, kiddo. Love is on the way....
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, I will take that! Thank you. *hugs*
Oct. 31st, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you all, and wishing your son, and you, the very best.

FB and family are unmixy things. Between the lack of grammar, and the very odd posts and replies or lack thereof, well, I get what you are saying.
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Boy, you said it with FB. I really dislike it, but it's the only way I can keep up with certain people. MEH.

Oct. 31st, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Dude! That sounds so fucking scary!!! I'm so glad he seems okay!

For what it's worth I had a couple of fainting spells when I was in high school and scared the ever loving crap out of my mom. I spent two days in the hospital and took all the tests but they didn't find anything? They sent me home with instruction to be vigilant but nada.

I hope he is alright and I think your Halloween costume will be the BOMB. *hugs*
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
What you experienced is pretty much what the doctor decided it was. Poor you, two days?! *hugs*

I CHANGED MY COSTUME: I AM A ZOMBIE MOM. Wait, that's the same thing.

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Oct. 31st, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
{{{{massive hugs}}}} OMG. I'm so glad he's okay. If anyone deserves a drink, it's you.
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
*sends many hugs*

It could just be a teenage thing - I hope it is. None of you need more stress or uncertainty in your lives! Have a good few drinks, and I hope he stays fine from now on.
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
We're all guessing it was just a teenage thing. Thank you, and I'll drink one for you, too!
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)

The last thing you should worry about is the smell. Of you. Which probably wasn't much anyway.

Your little (enormous) boy is OK. That's the most important thing to hold on to in every way. Everything else can be investigated and sorted.

Now put yourself round a large glass of the nicest wine you can find. You have earned it.

Oct. 31st, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Ha, I can't help it, I was raised to be a Victorian Lady! (hahaha)

And you're absolutely right: it's all fine in the end, and I don't need to go borrowing trouble. *leans* Thank you for the common sense and instead of a glass of my nicest - I have really nice wine - I'll have a glass of my third nicest! IT'S STILL PRETTY NICE. And some stinky cheese to go with it! <3 <3
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh Laura, that is so scary.

Could he possibly have a virus? My nephew bagan feeling faint earlier this year, they finally figured out he had mono.

Or could he have been dehydrated? Artist sis in her youth used to pass out regularly due to dehydration. Thankfully nice strangers would always return her home.

Hopefully it will jusy be one of those unexplained mysteries of life, never to happen again.

Oct. 31st, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
That was the first thing they checked for, you smart thing! An unchecked infection, the flu... All came back negative. He wasn't dehydrated, his blood sugar was fine...

I'm thinking it's possibly a hinky pill among the many meds he takes every day. Surely one will slip by on occasion? IDK otherwise. I take those hugs and send you some as well! <3
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Eek - what a day. I recommend that you start with the wine now! I hope they figure out the problem - it's so awful to be on pins and needles wondering WTH happened.

I had a similar emergency room experience over the summer where I was sitting there wishing like crazy that there was a shower I could use because I was just so gross, then feeling like an idiot about being self-conscious over personal hygiene when so much more important stuff was happening. But you just can't help yourself! After several hospital experiences over the summer I decided, as a public service, that in addition to the non-denominational chapel, hospitals should also have work out rooms and showers available for the waiting room nervous wrecks.
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
You clever minx, I HAVE started on the wine! Brilliant idea we had. :)

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one worried that I might be...odoriferous in public spaces. :D It's so silly, and yet.
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Boy, there is nothing funny about that. A phone call like that can make your heart drop. 8 [
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
YEAH. I laughed about it later, saying that it pushed my VO2 to the MAX? Although if I had my druthers, I wouldn't choose cardiovascular exercise in quite the same way again...

Oct. 31st, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)

{{{hugs}}} to you and your son, hope all is well now even if there were no satisfactory answers to be had.
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the hugs and well wishes! (And I'm going to chalk this up as a fluke so that I don't gnaw my fingers to the nub.)
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I hope your son's okay. *hugs*
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
To look at him right now, you'd never know he'd spent the day in the ER. BOYS ARE LIKE RUBBER, NOTHING STICKS.

*hugs to you!*
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh god, how scary! My uncle, who is a VERY similar shape and build to yr boy (or how I imagine yr boy will be when he is a Man) reportedly had inexplicable fainting spells a couple of times in his late teens - as did my friend's sister, who is about THE heartiest and healthiest sporty person I know. It is just weird.

Could he be a bit anaemic? I imagine they tested for that, but I can also completely see your hinky pill theory. Give him foods. Give you wine. Mmmmm wine. *hugs*

Also, I was in Germany last weekend for my kind-of-mother-in-law's birthday and in Germany they have red champagne. I thought of your holy horror while experiencing my own.
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
I have applied both of your remedies to the appropriate parties (food for him, wine for me) and it seems to be just the ticket! :D So random and strange, but they sent us home with the idea that we didn't need to worry, so. *hands*

OH. RED CHAMPAGNE. As in...red? Not pink? (Pink is very lovely!) I've never heard of that! (Did it at least TASTE good?)
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that is a lot of intense stuff to shoulder in one day! I say that drink is more than earned. Here's hoping things go swimmingly here on our for your son, and for you! Holding both of you in my thoughts ♥
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
*toasts your wishes* I think I also need to apply liberal amounts of good cheese and napping to myself, come to think of it... <3 <3 to YOU!
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh, honey, how stressful! I'm glad he's okay. What an awful way for you both to spend the day.

Sending you hugs and virtual alcohol.
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
*crawls into your lap*

Mmmm, booze. Throw in playing with my hair and I will marry your ass. :D
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Nov. 1st, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
I know this probably won't make you feel any better, but I will offer it anyway: both my brother and I went through phases where we had fainting spells, Eli when he was around 7, and me when I was about your son's age. No one ever knew why, and eventually we just stopped passing out. Both of us have the occasional bout of low blood sugar, and low blood pressure, so that might be it, but they could never pinpoint the cause.

So, here's hoping that it's something completely innocuous and not a big deal. *big hugs*
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
You know, it DOES help, and it's amazing to see how many of y'all have experienced that! It makes me feel less frazzled and freaked out, truthfully, so THANK YOU.

*squishy hugs that lift you off your feet*
Nov. 1st, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
OH my goodness! That had to be terrifying. I hope y'all are doing some followups to see what caused him to pass out. Glad he's feeling better now, but oh man I was scared for you, reading that. Yikes. And dang it, anytime the universe wants to stop givin' y'all crap, that'd be GREAT.

Nov. 1st, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
It was scary to be experiencing it, let me tell you! AND YES, PLEASE TELL THE UNIVERSE TO CUT THIS SHIT OUT, PLS AND THS. <3
Nov. 1st, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Sorry about your son, hun!! That's scary. May you have all the wine to calm all your nerves.

Tonight for Halloween I'm going as a frazzled mom who needs a drink. WAIT. A SLUTTY frazzled mom who needs a drink. There, now I'm keeping in tradition.

Nov. 1st, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I posted a pic and everything! (Up in comments.) My zombie face is au naturel, too, saving me the trouble of buying a mask. LOL

<3 <3
Nov. 1st, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
*Hugs hugs hugs hugs hugs* I'm so sorry FB people weren't more sympathetic and understanding! That sucks.
Nov. 1st, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ugh, IDK why I even CARE about FB, it's the WORST.

*leans against you*
Nov. 1st, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
it's a few hours later so i can only hope that you got a well deserved shower, dumped all your adrenaline and your son has no more dizzy/fainting problems. I can only imagine how terrifying that was for both of you.
Nov. 1st, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: wow!
I did all of those things, yes!! Ugh, I long for a boring life, let me tell you.
Nov. 1st, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Yikes! Glad he's okay.
Nov. 1st, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
ME TOO. <3 <3 <3
Nov. 1st, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Aie, more stress, exactly what you needed!

I went through a brief dizzy/fainting period when I was about 16. It happened about 4 times, no cause was ever discovered, and it went away on its own. Bodies are dumb.
Nov. 1st, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
I like that the universe thinks of me and says, "Eh, she can take more!" NO. NO I CANNOT. I'm changing my username to Anti-Giles Corey.

It's really helpful to hear that other people experienced weird fainting spells that didn't adversely affect them for the rest of their lives. Bodies ARE dumb. You are not. <3
Nov. 1st, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Omigosh that sounds super scary. I'm really glad it sounds like an anomaly and you are able to be home and venting and having some (third nicest) nice wine. I raise my glass to you (bad day - although nowhere near as bad as that - followed by bourbon).
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
We're definitely all of the mindset after the fact that it was an anomaly, which is crazy to be happy about, but that means it's not necessarily an underlying issues. Oh, let us clink our glasses and hide from the world! <3
Nov. 1st, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Hope the kiddo AND you are doing better. If you aren't, another glass of wine is in order.
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Much better, thank you! But I do believe in preventive care, so another glass of wine won't go amiss. ;)
Nov. 1st, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Geez, how terrifying! I'm glad he's feeling better. Hopefully it's nothing and that'll be the end of it. And hey, WE ARE GOING AS THE EXACT SAME THING FOR HALLOWEEN. For different reasons, but there you go. *shares wine*
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Clearly I shouldn't have loosened his laces to his corset so quickly, because he wasn't even near a fainting couch! BODIES ARE WEIRD AND TRICKSY THINGS.

I have to say we looked pretty spot on in our costumes! *tops off your glass*
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