“just wanted to say that I’m OK and grateful for your kindness.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 23, 2017 at 10:00 am 14 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I fainted yesterday morning while riding the green line towards Gallery Place/Chinatown on the way to a doctor’s appointment. I was standing reading my book when I suddenly got very lightheaded and lost consciousness (possibly from motion sickness?). The next thing I know I woke up on the floor of the train with many people around trying to help me. I was probably only out for a few seconds. One person had already gotten on the call box to tell the train operator. Someone gave me their seat. Someone else picked up my book that had dropped. The whole situation was very disorienting; I’ve never fainted before.

I just wanted to send a big thank you out to all of the people on the train who came to my aid. Especially the woman who gave me her “terrible” (her word, not mine) Belvita cookies to eat in case my blood sugar was low. They hit the spot : ). Thankfully I was able to walk off the train and catch a cab to my appointment without having to offload the train. It must have been frightening for the other passengers on the train. So in case there were any PoPville readers riding that same car, just wanted to say that I’m OK and grateful for your kindness.”

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t on your train. But I did want to commiserate. I’ve only fainted once, it was a frightening and out-of-blue experience. The kindness of strangers was most appreciated in my situation, as well.

  • ajr

    So glad you’re OK! Must have been so scary, I am glad that there were helpful folks around.

    • textdoc

      Agreed! It must’ve been a scary experience, but it warms my heart to hear that strangers rose to the occasion and helped you.

  • apers

    I have fainted ~25 times in my life and this is a very huge fear of mine! Glad to hear folks were so kind and helpful.

    • FridayGirl

      +1. I’ve fainted about 5ish times and it has totally freaked me out. I’m also happy to hear people were helpful. My biggest fear is everyone walking way and just leaving me there!

  • Elvis’s Mom

    So glad you’re OK, and happy to hear you had so much kindness directed at you when you needed it.

  • mtpresident

    Just based on your description–another possible reason for fainting is from standing with your knees locked. It does something with blood flow or something along those lines and can lead to fainting.

    • OP Fainter

      I was thinking that could be a possibility too. That or the fact that I was at a gruesome section of A Little Life and got nauseated. Who knows. But I’ll definitely try to be more aware of not locking my knees from now on. Thanks y’all

      • neighbor

        A Little Life was a book I continuously said “well, I don’t think this can get any more depressing…” about and was wrong every single time until the book was over. I wouldn’t be surprised if that caused you to faint.

        I’m glad you’re ok.

        • OP Fainter

          damn! I’m only ~450 pages in and I keep thinking the same thing. Haha, blaming it all on the book sounds reasonable to me.

  • Annonymous

    I was in your train car. Thanks for updating us and glad you are OK!

    • Asdfg

      So was I! Very glad you’re ok!

      • S

        So was I and I was so happy to see this! Really glad you’re ok. Thanks for sharing.

  • J

    Sorry for the very late response, but I was on your car – I gave you the crackers. I’m so glad to hear you’re okay! (and that those terrible crackers went to good use! :) )


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