Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Second Opinion

So, my brother, the doc, tells me that when I faint in doctor's offices, it's not a fight-or-flight response. That's a sympathetic response that sends blood to the extremities that need it. Instead, I'm having a vasovagal reaction, which is a rapid drop in blood pressure connected to the parasympathetic nervous system.

Then he told me I'm a wus. I think that's a clinical term.


Anonymous Dean Barnes said...

One of my youth staff volunteers has the same thing. I have to restrain myself from getting very descriptive about medical stuff. It is very hard for me.

Sorry to hear about your meniscus. I have heard that the recovery time is pretty quick.

Good luck

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Scott Gray said...

Finally I have a name for what happens to me regularly. My case of vasovagal reaction or whatever it is called I have actually simply cut my thumb and passed out, so i think i might have a severe case of this. hehe. anyhow, sorry to hear about your knee, thats no fun. have a blessed week.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Kirk Longhofer said...

Yeah... but you can still kick your brother across the room, right? At least when your knees' healed up you can!

Blessings on the surgery... and have a great Christmas!


2:27 PM  
Anonymous natalie said...

Huh. I could very well have the same thing. . . I fainted when I realized I had broken my finger, when I hyper extended my elbow and also when I had to have a small amount of blood drawn. Well, at least now I've got a name for it!

I pray your recovery is speedy. . .


5:04 PM  
Anonymous Jim Watters said...

Tony - so sorry to hear about your injury. I hope that you heal quickly and completely. Good thing you are surrounded by such a fantastic community. Blessings - Jim

5:15 PM  
Anonymous christian Scharen said...

Hey, Tony, sorry about this . . . but it COULD be a great excuse for AIC (ass in chair) to get that red thermometer rising with your word count. I tore my posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in my left knee in a high school football game. it works fine now, and that was 1985. thank god for the smarts of drs. even if they do make you faint and call you a wus. i know you are brave and have a great book waiting in your fingertips waiting for an opportune AIC moment to come out.

5:50 PM  

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