I had a slight incident this week… I went along to my practical in the anatomy lab on Thursday afternoon and it was just a little bit of a disaster.
I’d been there for about 10 minutes and I realized that it was hotter than usual in there… I asked my group if they thought it was unusually hot, and a couple of them said it was a little bit warm, but I was absolutely boiling… Then I started to feel a tiny bit dizzy… I let the others know this, and I continued on for about 30 seconds when my hearing started to go. At that point I told the others and they helped me to the floor.
I got to the floor just in time because my sight started to go and I started to feel really dizzy. So I chilled out on the floor for a while until it passed away. Then I went to the side room had a drink and cooled down. They said I could go back in when I felt ready.
After a few minutes, I felt a lot better so I went back in. And I was ok for about another 10 minutes when I felt my temperature raise really fast and my hearing went again.
I’m not completely sure of what happened next, I was on the floor at one point, then one of the girls from my group who I don’t know very well, and one of the academics, half dragged me out while I struggled to stay upright. I’m not completely sure who, but one of them removed my PPE to help cool me down and then I was put in the side room, where I was vaguely aware that the lecturer was saying something, but I have no clue what she said…
I was then told to have the rest of the afternoon off, asked if I’d been to China lately and got sent back to my flat with one of my friends in case I had problems on the way back.
The whole thing was just really embarrassing as I went down not just once, but twice in front of about 70 people, some of them are friends of mine. I’m just hoping this doesn’t become a regular thing… I don’t consider myself to be particularly squeamish and I don’t want other people to think I am.
I don’t know why I felt I had to share this, but hey, I did.