Well, it finally happened
I knew the day would come but I still hoped against all hope that it actually never would. Yesterday at 7:05pm, I passed out at work thanks to my heart. Around 6pm I could feel my PVCs and PACs really going more than usual, I was nauseous, a bit short of breath and on top of it I had a migraine starting. Around 6:55 I was sitting outside my patients' rooms listening to my own heartbeat with my stethoscope. Of course one of the parents is a doctor who saw me lisetning to myself. I laughed and explained that I have arrythmias and was just listening to them. He jokingly said "Don't go syncopal on us!" Aka "Don't pass out." Welp, sorry, 1o minutes later I felt myself going in and out of conciousness and next thing I know I'm on the floor with 1o people around me, hooked up to a monitor having a code blue called on me. I was crying and totally confused and completely embarrased. They made me go on a backboard to protect my spine because I hit my head on the floor, jammed an IV in me, started oxygen and whisked me away to the ER. SO EMBARRASING. In the ER I still had to give report on my 2 patients to the night nurse haha. Then they checked my blood, did a drug screen (of course, since I give narcotics all day long), did an EKG, orthostatic blood pressures and a neurological exam. The only thing that was abnormal was my EKG which showed Right Bundle Branch Block (RBBB), arrythmias and some wave abnormalities, all things I already knew. So by 1045 I was on my home with the only answer being that I have pretty bad vasovagal syndrome. So I guess this is what I have to look forward to for many years to come!! I've already talked to 2 of my managers this morning, and I just realized I didn't clock out last night haha.