The first title was my final decision, and the second was my husband’s recommendation.Â Of course, my first decision was “To Blog, or Not To Blog?”Â I decided to blog.
Yesterday Sione had the day off to celebrate President’s Day.Â Which means he only went in to work for half a day instead of a full day.Â That’s my man, he just can’t take time off.Â So he called me up to say he was on his way home, and to get ready to go out at about 11am.Â He came home and said that he was going to donate blood first.Â I hadn’t heard that there was blood donating and so hadn’t made sure to eat/drink right for it, but I thought I had eaten enough food, and drunk enough water and I like giving blood.Â Well, I don’t really like it, but I feel good about doing it. I’m also an O blood type and they are in dire need of that right now.Â So Sione and I went over to give blood.Â I finished before Sione, so I sat reading The Merchant of Venice while I ate a little bag of chocolate chip cookies, and drinking a can of apple juice.Â I started in on a packet of PB crackers as Sione finished.Â We got in the car and went home to pick up the kids for lunch and movie.Â I was feeling a little funny, so I asked him to drive.
We got to the theater and I bought tickets to Bridge to Terabithia while Sione went to sit down with the kids.Â Then I went over to get some pizzas for our lunch.Â I was waiting for my last pizza when I felt suddenly very dizzy and I almost tried to go sit down.Â I don’t think I would have made it, but who knows.Â Instead I turned back to the counter and thought it would only be a little bit before I got my last pizza, and then I could go sit down with the family for a minute.Â In my mind I said “Heavenly Father, please don’t let me pass out right now,” and the next thing I remember I’m waking up flat on my back with a bunch of people surrounding me lifting my legs, and getting something under my head.Â They were talking about me having a siezure (I didn’t.Â I know a little about it and know that I didn’t.Â The doctor confirmed it later) and hitting my head hard “the first time” which lets me know it must have been quite a sight for them.Â When I heard them say I had a seizure I said “no” and I heard “I think you had a seizure.”Â I said “no” again, because I didn’t quite feel like going into a lot of detail.Â I just added “I gave blood today.” That helped clear it up for them.Â The kept asking me if I wanted medical attention and I kept telling them no.Â I just wanted my husband, and after a minute I said “my husband is here.”Â Aahh, the relief in the voices as people repeated “her husband is here!”Â People actually stood up to look around before they realized that they had no idea what my husband looked like.Â They asked what he was wearing.Â Now, some people may pay close attention to what their significant other is wearing.Â I am not one of those people.Â It’s a good thing I didn’t tell them what I was remembering because it was what he had been wearing 2 days before.Â That would have really thrown them!Â LOL.Â I told them he had 6 kids with him and pointed in the direction they were sitting.Â Of course from my flat on my back perspective I probably just pointed to the entire crowd that was milling through their food court.Â They asked me again what he was wearing and I chuckled a bit as I said “He’s a big man with 6 kids.”Â The woman chuckled and repeated “he’s with 6 kids.”Â I didn’t think I could help them any more than that unless they wanted me to start explaining that they just had to look for a group that had the most amazingly beautiful baby girl in the world, and that her 5 older siblings are just as good looking, and you can tell that they get that quantity of good looks from the big man who is sitting with those 6 kids.Â They started helping me up as they gave me some sprite in a cup.Â With no lid.Â With a straw.Â To a woman lying flat on her back.Â :)Â I thought that was funny.Â I still had the tickets in my hand, but apparently had let my credit card go flying.Â Well, at least even while out cold I had my priorities straight.Â *grin*Â They got Sione as I was being helped over to them.Â I got my credit card back, and they helped bring over my pizzas.Â As I was almost to the tables my kids started asking my what happened.Â Sione told them “Oh, your mom just wanted some attention.”Â I laughed and told him he knew me too well.Â Then the manager brought over the paper work for me to sign, and I’m just thinking “How embarrassing!Â And now my kids are going to miss the movie!”Â Well, the paper work didn’t take long, thank heavens.Â The manager walked us into the movie and helped us get seated.Â Great timing, too, because just after we got comfortable the previews started.Â My head hurt, and I felt a little funny still, but we enjoyed the movie.Â It was very good, and very much like the book, which I wasn’t really sure it would be.Â When the movie ended we went home.Â I told Sione I wanted him to check me for a concussion because I was feeling a little nauseous, and to check my bump because it felt a little strange to me.Â I thought I might just be imagining things with the bump, so I wanted his opinion.
We got home and Sione wanted to take me to the hospital.Â I really didn’t want to go.Â I was still quite embarrassed and didn’t want to expand on that.Â I had to admit, though, that I was still very unsteady on my feet, feeling dizzy, and sick to my stomach, and I know that you don’t want to take chances with a head injury.Â So we gave Julie instructions for babysitting for the evening, and took Tarina with us to take care of Losahina if we needed it.Â We stopped at Tamra’s so Dave could help administer a priesthood blessing before going to the hospital.Â Dave offered to let Losahina and Tarina stay there, and he would bring them over if we needed him to.Â They are literally 5 minutes away from the hospital, so we decided to take him up on the offer.
At the hospital we actually got in faster than I thought we would.Â I guess a head injury gets you in faster.Â One thing I noticed was that people didn’t seem to want to laugh at any jokes.Â I prefer to laugh at difficult situations, it helps ease the tension I think.Â I don’t think it’s always appropriate, but I figure if I’m the one hurt then I can laugh if I want to.Â These people did not laugh.Â Sione is like me in this respect.Â For which I am very grateful.Â Sione and I were cracking jokes here and there, and I am telling you they completely flatlined!Â It just put a bit of a damper on the whole experience. They were also completely caught up in why I fainted.Â I knew why!Â I had donated blood, and I hadn’t made sure to eat and drink what I should have before hand.Â I have learned my lesson.Â I will do better next time.Â My concern was regarding the bump on the back of my head.Â They kept telling me that pregnancy can cause fainting and nauseau.Â No Kidding!Â I am a little familiar with pregnancy symptoms, and ya know!Â I have never had my morning sickness brought on by having my head smack a concrete floor after I fainted.Â Actually I have never fainted before.Â Or had my head smack on a concrete floor to my knowledge.Â So maybe I’m not giving them enough credit.Â Anyhow, the test came back negative.Â Although they failed to tell me.Â I figured that when they took me in for the CT scan it must have been negative, though.Â The CT scan was fine, apparently, and they released me.Â After another lecture about how fainting and nauseau can be caused by pregnancy.Â Ummm, maybe they didn’t give him the test results, either.Â All in all, I’m ok.Â I have a new embarrassing moment for my vast collection, I get to take it easy for a few days, and I have an amazing whopper of a headache.Â I am very grateful that is the extent of it.
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