Friday, October 14, 2005

Favorite food-related fainting stories #2

Thanks to folks who have weighed in on the soup story. I believe the fainting episode was brought on by a pre-existing condition and not by the soup itself. But it somehow seems funnier that she did pass out during the soup course as opposed to, say, dessert.

None of my own personal fainting tales are quite as funny. They tend to happen in doctor’s offices, bedrooms, or, as Scott witnessed last February, on the top floor of our house in Boston during a snowstorm. I have one fuzzy memory of being carried out in a special strap-in chair and hearing a fireman say, “Watch it guys, those steps are wicked slippery.”

That particular faint was brought on by a stomach virus, high fever, and lack of food and water. But I recently met a woman who faints when she eats too much food. Something about a big dinner and a couple of glasses of wine can knock her for a loop.

One of the most memorable episodes happened in Hawaii, where she was on vacation with her husband. By coincidence, they ran into his ex-fiancĂ©e at the hotel’s pool. The relationship had ended years before, and the ex was actually there on her honeymoon. But still. They did their awkward greetings and introductions and -- to show there were no hard feelings -- agreed to meet later for dinner.

Dinner itself was tense, but uneventful. Forced into the role of The Woman He Picked Over Me Even Though I’m Fine Now, my friend ate and drank more than was probably advisable. They finished dinner and paid the bill, and then they went for a little stroll.

The fainting, when it happened, was complete. Out by the pool, she had only the presence of mind to lie down when she felt it coming on. I think there was a little bit of convulsing, which is pretty common and not necessarily serious. And when she came to, she was so weak she couldn’t stand, or even sit up. The resort had to send a golf cart out to carry her back to the room. They lifted her into the back, bent her knees so she’d fit, and her husband got in front. They rode off, waving weakly. They never saw the ex again.

23 comments:

click here to see earthquake pics said...

Perhaps you should write a book of crazy fainting food stories. You seem to have a few. Perhaps you could mention when President Bush (41) got sick, puked on the Japanese ambassador and passed out.

Chelsea's Mama said...

I fainted on the subway once and was pleasantly surprised when I woke up with my wallet still intact.

Seriously, If I don't eat breakfast I feel queasy by 10 am

Anonymous said...

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R2K said...

I never have fainted, but now I almost want to. Ill start huffing glue and fasting.

R2000

Salbert said...

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McPolack said...

I first fainted in the old, dark circular library of my small VT liberal arts Catholic college, back in the early nineties. I was wearing a loud red cotton dress and, ugh, knee-high pantyhose. My prof (we were touring the library as part of a class) told me I fainted very gracefully - I fell to my knees and then plopped over. I was just worried someone had seen my knees above my knee highs.

iquilibrium said...

cool blog :)

Cameron Lawrence said...

How awkward. The other night I went to dinner at some friends'--they invited me over to help keep me occupied and eating while my wife is out of the country. What I didn't realize when I accepted is they had also invited my wife's ex-boyfriend, the one before me. I thought that was awkward enough. It would have been too much had they been engaged.

Shriram Krishnan said...

Now thats really funny

Carola said...

Very interesting blog :D

Yoseph Leib said...

over eating can make you tired really easily, and the more something actually knocks you unconcious, the more one might have a serious problem.

Six said...

Umm, maybe the lady you mention in your post wouldn't faint if she maintained a limit of one glass of wine with dinner, instead of having "several". Duh. ;p I'd probably faint too, if I drank several glasses of wine - with or without dinner. Also, I forgot about Bush puking on the Japanese ambassador! Funny stuff!

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Aussiemon said...

I fainted in a front of a urinal after giving blood taht hour. I woke up in a totally different room, all zipped up. It still weirds me out.
SSG Oz
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R2K said...

California Eatin.....

(The song)

(Ugh horrible I know)

R2000

Alissa said...

Have you ever fainted???? You seem to be quite fascinated with fainting and I was just if you ever experienced an episode of black out mode. But I enjoyed it even though I dont understand how someone that eats too much can faint. Because when I eat too much I usually fall asleep, but maybe that is considered fainting or passing out to others.

redhead83402 said...

Too extremely funny! ~ ok, since you have a butt-load of fainting experiences going on .... one time, all my friends & I had decided to go be pro-active and donate blood ~ Several of my friends were scared to death over having to see the blood and the needles, they just KNEW they were gonna faint! Well, since I was in college for nursing classes at the time, I talked a lot of smack about blood not bothering me, needles being fine, etc. ( you can see where this is going ,lol)
Yah, I was the one that fainted ~ not from seeing blood or needles, though, but because of the lack of blood ~ talk about EMBARRASSING ~ took me a LONG time to live that one down ~ worse, when I fainted, I remember everything going very dim, like a black hole closing up right before my eyes, and the last thought I had ~ ohhh MAN, i'm fainting!~ I woke up on this little stretcher cot thingy, to all my friends standing there, staring at me, ( yup, witnessed by them ALL!) worried about me hitting my head. My main pain was my injured pride ~ ;-D ~

Ring said...

Very interesting site, keep up the good work!!

Six said...

California Eatin'

All the peas were brown
And the rice was grey
Why the bread was round
The waitress wouldn't say

I think the waitress is a wiccan
and that's the most I'll say
California eatin'
Can make your hair turn gray

Walked into a juice bar
I passed along the way
Well, I sat down on a stool
and I was blown away

by the prices on the menu
Lord, I've made a huge mistake
California eatin'
Your pocketbook will break

Amy said...

That's great, flw! Thanks for the laugh...

Keptinstep said...

Eating is one of my hobbies as well...

I like your passion.
It's quite refreshing.

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Anonymous said...

Some years ago, a friend at work told me about one of the girls in the firm we both worked. He had been seeing her and of course, major sex. He said that when she reached orgasm, she fainted. Unbelievable! So, I had too find out for myself, it took ages to get her to agree to see me and no more than 10 minutes to get into bed. It was really amazing. A screaming orgasm and then out cold for about a minute.

What a boost to the ego!