A strange day, it wasn’t that hot, but all I seemed to be doing was going to young women who had fainted.  A lot of women who had fainted.

It started off on the 30th floor of a skyscraper in Docklands, which had a lovely view.  People were having meetings around tables in the expensively furnished corridors, and all the office walls were made of glass.

Which made me glad that I didn’t have to undress the woman who had fainted.

Then it was across the road to another woman who had fainted in another (less well furnished) office.

Then a bit of a run North to yet another woman who had fainted.

Then a gentleman who had fainted on the bus.

Then a woman who had fainted in the local shopping centre.

It seemed like people were dropping like flies.

The really unusual thing was that the blood pressure of all the patients was 80/50, which is really rather low.

It also struck me as interesting that the first of my fainters was near the Arms fair, and then got progressively further and further away.  I didn’t think to check the direction of the wind…

Thirteen jobs today, I am, as they say, bloody tired.

16 thoughts on “80/50”

  1. It occured to me though – so I tested it on myself.Fine (the equipment, not the BP).

    (Of course I can only see my BP rising in October…)

  2. You have given me the idea for a theme for next weeks posts (as I'm off 'relaxing').Tricks of the Trade…

    Why do people pretend to be unconscious? It's either they are drunk, they are mad (apparently the correct term now), or they have just had an arguement with family/boyfriend/girlfriend/brother/police/benefits office, and have now 'collapsed'.

    The last one is more common.

  3. Have you had a big drop in air pressure today. I worked in a ambulance call centre here in Australia and when we had big drops in pressure due to cold fronts, we'd get heaps of pulminary odema and labours!!. Great blog by the way.Darrin

  4. I have never fainted in my life (all 42 years of it) and ironically enough at lunchtime today while at work I thought to myself 'I am going to faint' – just felt really lightheaded and woozy for no reason whatsoever.I work in a busy doctor's surgery so wasn't too bothered about anyone picking me up if I fell down – but I went outside and took some deep breaths of fresh air and felt a lot better.

    Never gave it a second thought after that till I read your blog . . . strange day!

  5. That is really scary.Btw I saw my GP today and my BP was 90/60. I didn't faint though. It is often that low (about 100) and I've never passed out, it is just .. normal for me:-)

    And concerning the weather it was really lovely today (at least in West London) I like this time of the year when it is not hot anymore but dry and sunny that's cool

    Have a nice evening everyone

    Isobel (who was too lazy to lock in *sorry*)

  6. Speaking of fainting.. A few posts ago you said you wanted to write about how to find out if someone is faking or something like that, right? So?Well.. and while you're at it you could also write about why people do it (as I can't explain it to myself, sorry)

  7. Speaking as a young woman who faints quite a bit, surely there are worse things?(I promise that I try to stop people from calling ambulances for me…)

  8. It must be a bug. I've had woozie spells the last two days, and I can only assume it's some version of lurghi, as all I'm doing is sitting here on my sofa, writing. Whilst I'd personally expect to faint if I was, say, on a hot crowded tube train after a long day with no food or water, I wouldn't expect to feel faint sitting on a sofa having eaten breakfast, lunch and lots of fruit inbetween. Ergo, must be some sort of bug.

  9. Hi – my theory (completely unsubstantiated and therefore quite possibly wrong) is not so much about the air pressure, but how muggy and humid it was. I have low blood pressure, and spent most of my teens keeling over in school assemblies and the like, and felt pretty wobbly yesterday lunchtime. But having fainted so many times I can now tell when it's coming at take preventative action (which involves simply mving around, making sure my circulation is going well, breathing deeply, and sticking my head between my knees as a last resort).

  10. I'm going to be writing a NaNoWriMo novel this November. May I base part of it on your day? I don't know what I'll attribute all the fainting -to- but it's still very interesting. Did the mystery ever get solved?

  11. What the blue blazes is a “NaNoWriMo” novel?Of course you can use it, and no, the mystery never did get solved – and when I visited my mum later in the day, she had been feeling faint all day.

    Just the weather I guess…

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