Did someone spike my cereal?

May 21, 2010 —

I woke up at 5 the other morning to get ready for rounds (visiting patients in the hospital). I had my morning bowl of chocolate Cheerios with soy milk, took my iron pills (I have chronic fatigue but not technically anemic by laboratory standards, I beg to differ), and went on my way as I do every morning. I made it to the hospital with time to spare and felt like my usual self, under-caffeinated but ready for work.

After unwrapping a wound from a recent amputation, I leaned over to get a closer look and… 5…4…3…2…I just blacked out. I started feeling lightheaded like when I stand up too fast and everything goes black for a second. But I started to get nervous too because I didn’t want to pass out in the patient’s room (in front of my preceptor!). So as I started realizing I was experiencing a black out, I grabbed the wall and slowly walked out without causing a scene. I was now really confused and the dark haze I was seeing didn’t go away quickly so I struggled to find a restroom (clear across the building it felt like) and made it safely to the sink. It took a few minutes before things would clear up and then I looked in the mirror and saw how pale I’d gotten. Then I thought, “who spiked my cereal?”

I’ve never experienced a fainting spell and I’ve often seen other people faint at the sight of blood. But as a medical student, I’ve seen tons of blood! So I didn’t know why this particular case made me exceptionally queasy. I guess it can just happen to anyone for no good reason at all.

What a mystery!


Tea Nguyen is a dual degree D.P.M./M.P.H. student at DMU. She was born in Utah but raised in California and left the great state to be at one of the best podiatry school in the country.

She has aspirations in international medical service trips and hopes to hit several continents during this lifetime. Traveling is also on the top of her to-do list and she often reminisces about her prior travels to Italy, France and Greece. She also enjoys eating adventures with her boyfriend Paul and is a major food-snacker. It is not uncommon to find her lapsed in a food coma in the middle of her studies.

Comments

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    You might be ignoring it,but having read the entire post i too find it weird.Such a thing should not happen in the first place.I think you should consult a doctor because this kinda thing according to me needs immediate medical attention.Look forward to hearing from you soon again.Keep me updated.

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    Wow that’s a bit on the scary side, has it happened since then?

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    Haha I am a paramedic, I have seen a lot of blood never passed out from it tho. But I have passed out so i dunno =(

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    Haha I am a paramedic, I have seen a lot of blood never passed out from it tho. But I have passed out so i dunno =(