Setting a Good Example—Not

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So-hoooo…Yesterday I was that intern who passed out in a patient’s room. I like to think of myself as someone with a strong stomach, but that’s without adjusting for lack of sleep, a new schedule and emotions. Whoops. Let’s just say I now know what my clinical specialty will probably not be.

Fortunately, if you’re gonna pass out at work, the place to do it is a hospital. Within seconds, there were 5 people who knew exactly what to do hovering over me. It’s kind of ironic that I stayed up late Tuesday night working on an article about juice, only to end up having to drink a bunch of OJ and apple juice while getting my blood pressure taken and finger pricked. As a precaution, I was taken to the ER, but within an hour I was on my way home—in my mom’s car.

Yes, I am 26 years old, but I really appreciated my mom coming from work to get me. After we stopped for something to eat, she picked me up a bunch of snacks to keep in my lab coat pocket and locker for those shaky moments because she read Wednesday’s blog post and knows how I get when I need to eat, which is pretty often. She’s adorable—and she has good taste. I totally didn’t think that snacks would be something I’d have to think about in my internship, but hey, what’s life without surprises?

Every few years I have some kind of episode like that, and the perfect storm leading up to it always looks pretty similar in hindsight. I’m a little embarrassed, but mostly thankful I landed with “a soft thud” (as I was told) and not on my head and I’m happy to be feeling pretty much back to my old self this morning. Still, I’m gonna keep taking it a little easier for a few more days.

At least it’s a good story…

Have you ever passed out at work—or anywhere else? I want to hear your stories!

17 thoughts on “Setting a Good Example—Not

    Nancy Trim said:
    March 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    hang in there Gal! XO, A. Noo

      Jess responded:
      March 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      thanks! doing much better after some rest : )

    heroldsroses said:
    March 23, 2012 at 12:35 am

    In 7th grade I passed out in shop class. Totally freaked out the teacher! In facted this was his first teaching job and he was so upset he quit teaching!
    Then about a “century” later I passed out a my daughters school health fair. Blood sugar low, blood pressure high, bad combo!!

      Jess responded:
      March 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      That’s a fantastic story about passing out in shop class! Glad you were ok, but that’s crazy about your teacher. Wonder what his next job was!

    Tt in nyc said:
    March 23, 2012 at 2:14 am

    That sounds like a very scary incident! Glad to see you were ok:) have you read hungryhungryhippie.com? She is a nurse and has some great posts about how to pack meals and snacks for her 12hour shifts and starts her days with a great two part breakfast strategy!

      Jess responded:
      March 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I have read her blog and love it—perhaps I should read up on some old “what to pack for work” posts.

    Kelly said:
    March 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    oh no, Jess! I’m glad you’re ok – that’s the most important thing! And at least you got it out of the way early in the internship, right 🙂

      Jess responded:
      March 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Haha so true. here’s to hoping this won’t become a habit!

    Liz said:
    March 24, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Oh no! Working so hard on the juice article made you faint! I feel guilty.

      Jess responded:
      March 24, 2012 at 2:21 am

      Haha don’t! It was only one of a few things I was up doing—I think it was the internship homework that did me in. I’m still not used to it. Still, I had a good laugh over the irony of writing, like, “fresh juice is better than bottled,” only to be handed far-from-fresh OJ and apple juice the next day. A few days out, it’s a really funny story, if a tiny bit embarrassing. I’m pretty sure I said something obscene when I came to and realized I was on the floor.

    Emily said:
    March 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I’ve never passed out but I’ve been really, really close. I suffer from low blood sugar attacks if i’m not careful. I have demanded food immediately tho…. that is embarrassing too.

      Jess responded:
      March 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Good for you for asking for what you need, though! Almost passing out is scary—I’ve never passed out from low blood sugar, but I was with my grandfather when he did once. The paramedics had to come and give him glucose tabs. Oh goodness…The first thing he asked for when he came to was “a sixteen-year-old.”

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