FaceSmash 2012

I was going to have a post today of pictures from our local holiday parade. Nothing fantastic, but some cute small town Connecticut stuff.

Instead, let me tell you about how I fainted Monday morning and landed directly on my face-parts. BAM. Left eye, nose, forehead, I’d like you to meet floor. Then I spent the day on the couch feeling sorry for myself and putting frozen peas on my swollen eye instead of editing photos (or writing the other two giveaway posts I have coming up).

I have no idea why I fainted, although this isn’t the first time I’ve lost consciousness sort of randomly. I can name maybe 6 or 7 times in my life it’s happened, dating back to 4th or 5th grade. It’s usually right after I hurt myself, although “hurt myself” can mean anything from slamming my finger in the door to having outpatient surgery on my, uh, delicate areas. Yesterday morning I had a really sharp – being stabbed with a knife sharp – pain in my stomach for a split second right before I fell over. I don’t even remember the falling part, just waking up slowly and realizing something was wrong, mostly because my face really hurt and I wasn’t wearing pants.

Evan had come in either right as I fell or right after and he was pretty freaked out, as I expect any kid would be if their mom was unresponsive. The adrenaline rush from passing out combined with the pain of my face smash combined with thinking about how much worse it could have been if I hit my head on something harder or pointier resulted in a few minutes of sobbing, but I pulled myself together enough to get everyone downstairs, fed, and safely watching cartoons (even if Caroline never made it out of her pajamas).

E (unfortunately) had to go into work for a while but (fortunately) made it home for dinner, bedtime, and to nag me about going to the ER to get checked out. My face felt worse and worse so eventually I gave in just to make sure I hadn’t fractured my eye socket or driven a piece of bone into my brain or some other horrible, terrifying medical condition I found thanks to Dr. Google. Four hours later I know I am 100% healthy, apart from the sore face and a lot of embarrassment. I am also DEFINITELY not pregnant. I’m supposed to drink more water and “take it easy” but since my discharge papers didn’t come with a babysitter OR a housekeeper I can only take it sort of easy.

If you see me in the next couple of days, try to refrain from cringing in horror at my face, at least any more than usual. It’s pretty bad and hurts too much to cover with anything besides a pair of big sunglasses. I’m just happy we took our Christmas card pictures LAST week.

p.s. Confidential to my friend Megan: I’m sorry I bailed on our plans and told you I was “sick”. I was still too embarrassed to explain the face thing at  8 am. I hope you understand.

p.p.s. Today is the LAST DAY to enter to win the Tollytots prize package, so if you haven’t checked it out yet GO! NOW!

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15 Responses to “FaceSmash 2012”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    So glad you did not break anything! Hope you heal quickly…

  2. Shari says:

    Oh, ouch! Hope it heals quickly!

  3. erniebufflo says:

    Fainting after hurting yourself sounds like an episode of vasovagal syncope to me. It’s the same reason why I sometimes faint when I get injections. Basically your body stops sending blood to your head for a bit and that leads to fainting. Now I can recognize the signs that it’s coming on and at least sit down really fast: usually my vision gets hazy, it starts to sound like I’m in a tunnel, and I feel really warm.

    • bebehblog says:

      That’s what I’ve experienced in the past, which is why I’ve never hurt myself fainting before – I’ve even told people around me “Hey, I’m going to pass out, don’t freak out”. This time was just so sudden I didn’t even get a chance to grab a wall or bend my knees before I fell. I did not like it.

  4. Leah says:

    Yuck, I know exactly how this feels. I am glad you made it out with only a few minor bumps and bruises.

  5. Krista says:

    Oh jeez Suzanne, that sounds scary. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Brigid Keely says:

    That really sucks. Fainting/falling and hitting my head/face is one of my big paranoid fears, probably because when I was in high school I passed out in the shower and hit my head on the toilet roll holder so hard it broke the wall (20 years later, and it’s still broken. yay, my parents.) I came to with a (tiny) bathroom full of my family, all mortified because I was naked. Human bodies are machines of betrayal, is what I’m trying to say. I’m glad you didn’t break anything.

  7. Audrey says:

    That is a crazy reaction to pain! Do you maybe have a low pain tolerance? In any case, just tell people you walked into a door. They’ll understand. ;)

  8. Amanda says:

    So scary! Especially for the kids. Happy nothing is broken though, feel better soon!

  9. Holy crap, that’s scary! Feel better, lady!

  10. Megan says:

    Oh Suzanne! I am so glad you are okay. A) I am not offended. B) I would have been more than happy to come by and get the kids so you can rest. Good job going to get it checked out. It is so easy to say I’m Mom, I’m fine. Feel better!

  11. OH how scary! I hope you are feeling better soon.

  12. Yikes! Totally sorry to hear it but also kind of jealous. I’ve never fainted but have always been intrigued by the idea…

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