Want to hear something fun? I fainted last Saturday. As in, “Oh deary me,” place a hand up to the forehead and gingerly collapse. Except it wasn’t nearly as graceful I’m sure.
Of course I had to be in my bikini and cover up when it happened. (When I finally came to and stood up, I had a wedgie the size of Florida that suddenly created a new thong. Hooray for showing the restaurant your ass!)
Preface: The hubster, our friend and I were at the beach for about a half hour. After one beer, we decided to go to grab a good ol’ slushie from Fat Tuesdays (I had to pick FAT TUESDAYS of all places to faint). Suddenly, without warning, I got very hot. Cold sweats set in and I asked for a water. The hubster came back with one and after I had a sip of it, my vision started going and BAM. I was out. Like any sober girl at Fat Tuesdays would be. Son of a…
After a gamut of weird tests yesterday, the doctor says my ticker is okay. I was probably dehydrated. Blood work all came back healthy too. She may want me to follow up with a cardiologist so I can share the fun story all over again. “Yes. I was at Fat Tuesdays. No. I wasn’t drunk.”
Don’t ask the hubster about it. I gave him a good scare. Don’t ask our friend about it. He’ll tell you I apologized about the whole thing an obnoxious amount of times. As any guilt-ridden child does.
The whole thing freaked me the fuck out. Do you know what it’s like to literally feel your body shut down within seconds? I could only grasp onto the table before it was lights out.
I’ve questioned myself about it a lot, as any introspective person does. Why did my body give out on me? Why did it get so stressed? Am I that stressed? Juggling too much? Is this my body’s way of telling me I really do need to go to bed by 11pm?
No. I was probably, more than likely, just dehydrated. But it made me wonder about how full my plate is. While it is organized, my schedule could sure use some reprioritizing.
The hubster is leaving for a bachelor party this weekend which has my mind racing full of things that I can get done while I’m alone.
- This blog
- Cleaning, errands
- Southeast Asia Trip planning
- Online class (I’m taking a writing/business course)
- Chick flick
- Singing in my Spice Girls t-shirt (pants optional)
- Reading by the pool
- Going for a long walk
If the hubster is home ZERO of the above fun things get done. It has nothing to do with him. I can’t tell you how much he encourages me to just STOP. Hammer time. (Sorry. Had to.) But there’s this internal obligation in my head to be working on stuff for me or us or work, rather than taking time for the fun things, just for me.
What I’m most looking forward to this weekend is not having a demanding schedule, which is truly only a schedule I dictate to myself.
My schedule during the week is pretty full and not unusual from yours, I’m sure:
Leave the house for 11-12 hours for the office, get home between 7-8pm, have a good 2-3 hours to get your everyday-life duties finished and write a blog and maintain friendships and family relationships and check your work email and finish up projects so you don’t walk into more work the next day and maybe if you’re lucky squeeze in a quick, few sentences of a book you’ve been meaning to finished before…boom. Done.
I literally have an item on my to-do list on my iPhone from 2012 to “finish reading self-esteem book.” It’s been on there for nearly 3 years because everything else in my life is clearly more important than a book about improving my self esteem.
I mean, really?
I need to better prioritize me. Fit me into the to-do list. Prioritize time for things that fill me with energy and not feel guilty about it.
I’ll do it just after I finish wrapping up this freelance project that I’m on deadline for tomorrow…
Alison C. says
Sorry to hear about your fainting! I’ve had dizzy spells which I suspect are from blood pressure or blood sugar drops, but those are room-spinning episodes, not going unconscious episodes. It’s scary anytime our bodies don’t work the way we think they should!
Also – I am right there with you with the scheduling. I have the work commitment similar to yours, but then 2 days per week I go exercise and 1 – 2 days I have meetings in the evenings, and that is pretty much all the self-care I have time to give myself during the week. And let me tell you – when Friday rolls around, I am exhausted. Really. I have something on my to-do list from 2012 as well. It is to write a short article about the history of a classic car my husband and I own and submit it to our car group for publication in their magazine. The sad part is that I drafted it, and now I don’t even know where the damn draft is. So close to checking this off, yet so far away! Much like the rest of my list of things to do for myself…
Caroline Peterson says
Even blood sugar lightheaded episodes are no fun! 🙁 I had just eaten, so we don’t think it was that. And I totally hear you about Friday nights– exhausted. How frustrating with the article, especially since it was drafted. That would drive me nuts, but then I’d get distracted with all the other to-do items and not get back to it. I feel you!
That is so scary, Caroline! I’m glad you’re okay. How true, though, it’s easy to let our schedules rule us rather than the other way around. I used to struggle with guilt for going to the gym or even a walk by myself after my son was born…but in all honesty it makes me a better wife, mom, and person!!
Caroline Peterson says
So true. The sanity and clarity that alone time gives is key for relationships. I went to the gym yesterday and am doing an hour at the pool reading today. And I don’t feel bad about it! 😀
I hear you on the to do lists. I now have 2. One for the immediate stuff to get done. And one I don’t get too that much that has the huge grand stuff on it like “Design a font.” It just makes things more manageable. I’m only trying to get one blog post out a week. Hard because we are traveling and the wifi usually sucks.
Caroline Peterson says
I reallllly like the 2 to do lists idea! That would really help in managing it.