Ugh. Periods. Am I right? The weirdest thing happened to me yesterday and I suspect my uterus is to blame, although this hasn’t been confirmed. If me talking about my period grosses you out, feel free to skip this post
I was called in to work yesterday but I called back too late (I’m a substitute at my second job and am on call every day) so I had the whole afternoon off. I walked to the library to sit outside, read for a while, and return my library books.
I started getting cramps despite having taking medication a few hours before, so I stayed outside and decided to wait them out before I went inside to return my books and walk home. I get wicked cramps and I’ve learned to take medication before they hit too hard, so I was surprised I was feeling them so strongly.
They started getting really bad and I started feeling really dizzy- worse than I normally do. My cramps usually last for a long time and I didn’t feel like walking home, so I debated whether to call my dad and ask him for a ride home since I knew he was on his way to the gym.
I tried to wait it out, but they kept getting worse and worse and I was starting to feel really nauseous, so I called my dad and asked him to give me a ride. As soon as I hung up the phone, my vision started getting black and my head was spinning. I was pretty positive I was going to pass out (I’ve never passed out before, but I imagine that’s what it felt like) so I was gripping on to the table as hard as I could so I wouldn’t fall backwards. I suddenly broke out in a sweat- I was literally pouring sweat for a full minute. My heart was beating really fast and I could hardly see anything. My face and my hands started tingling, and then went numb. I tried to slide off the bench but I could hardly move, so I laid my head on the table and tried to call my dad again to tell him what was happening. This went on for a few minutes. When my vision stopped swimming, I pulled myself up and walked over to the parking lot and laid down in the grass.
My dad came and picked me up and took me to the walk-in clinic. I had stopped sweating but I was now freezing cold and my teeth wouldn’t stop chattering. He gave me ibuprofen and water, and my cramps were gone by the time we got to the doctor. My hands and face were still tingling though- it was such a weird feeling.
I had to wait a really long time to see a doctor, but everything appeared normal. I would normally chalk up whatever happened to my period- I do think it had something to do with it- but I’ve been seeing black spots in my right eye for the past few days and I had a night sweat last night, so I wanted to rule out something more serious.
Anyhow, the doctor assured me that I wasn’t going to die and that he wanted me to see an opthamologist. He thinks I was having a migraine (although I didn’t have a headache at the time, but I did for a few hours after) based on the fact that I was blacking out, getting dizzy, and have been seeing spots. I still think it has something to do with my period, and since I already have to go to the doctor, I’m going to ask about my cramps as well. Couldn’t hurt, right?
I think not being able to go to work was a blessing in disguise- I think my little episode would have been really weird for the students to witness! It sounds way more dramatic than it was (although, at the time, it did seem quite dramatic!)
The real kicker? I didn’t even get to return my library books! They’re now overdue. There goes one of my New Year’s resolutions
Have you ever had a health scare?