Jaye writes about personal health-related experiences and uses research results to provide information that readers may find helpful.
If you faint, falling hurts less if you're standing near something soft!
Fainting is not a one-size-fits-all occurrence
Fainting is a disconcerting occurrence that causes unconsciousness, usually momentary. If you've never fainted or seen someone else faint, you may want to know what causes it and what should be done for the victim...just in case.
First, let me tell you about my personal experiences with fainting.
I have fainted, or "passed out," as it's often described, several times during my life, beginning when I was 12 years old and fainted in a department store. That first swoon probably happened because I stood in a stationary position for some time with my knees locked. Members of wedding parties are usually warned not to lock their knees during the ceremony for this very reason. No one wants to hit the floor in the middle of "I do."
Since my first faint, it happened to me twice during advanced pregnancy, twice also when I became overheated outdoors in very hot summer temperatures, once from shock when I was told of a friend's sudden death, several times following panic attacks that caused hyperventilation (until I learned how to stop these by holding a paper back over my nose and mouth), and a couple of times when ill with a virus. Therefore, I'm personally acquainted with those reasons for fainting.
Hitherto, for me, there was some measure of warning that I was about to faint: breaking out in a cold sweat, muffled hearing or a buzzing in my ears, a feeling of sudden weakness before I actually fainted, everything slowly turning dark. In every case, this either gave me time to lie down or allowed someone nearby to stop me from hitting the floor.
The most recent episode, however, gave me no warning--not even a second to prepare. I was conscious, and then I was suddenly unconscious. When I fell, I apparently hit my head and face on everything hard and/or sharp-cornered in my vicinity on my way to the floor and landed on the hard tile surface. After that experience, which resulted in a trip to the hospital ER and my admission for tests, I learned more about various reasons for fainting and that you don't always get a one-second warning.
I've been known to brag about my healthy style of eating (ranging over several decades from vegetarian to vegan to ovo-pescetarian) and how I rarely get sick, which I attribute to my healthy diet. I almost never catch a cold. The same has been true--or was until this occurrence--of a contagious stomach virus. You see, my latest fainting episode began with a dreadful stomach "bug." After that sick-sick-sick experience, I no longer feel invulnerable.
One should never boast, as that is surely the best way to tempt fate.
This attack of illness--the norovirus, which usually happens in winter, but may strike in any season--woke me early in the morning. It was harsh and swift. I have tried to avoid throwing up as much as possible throughout my life. I even went through three pregnancies with almost no morning sickness. This time, however, there was no thwarting the violent urge.
Gross-out alert: Let me tell you that one way to avoid the unpleasantness of throwing up is to faint just as it begins so you aren't actually aware of the unpleasant part. Then, let me also warn you that the aftermath of fainting--while vomiting--and falling onto a hard tile bathroom floor, possibly bouncing off the door frame and a shelving unit with sharp corners on the way down, and lying in the...well, you-know-what...does not make up for missing the action part. Also, if you're going to faint and fall while tossing your cookies, it is best to fall forward (as I apparently did, though not by plan). That way, you won't aspirate the stuff into your lungs or choke to death.
The cautionary caption accompanying the fainting couch image is true--it's preferable to be standing near something soft when you faint. Then, fall forward so you won't choke. However, now that I've fainted without advance warning, I know you aren't guaranteed either a preference or soft landing. In fact, there are no guarantees.
The unconsiousness experienced when one faints is of short duration--usually a few seconds. Regaining consciousness to the horrendous pain in and on my head, face, shoulder, neck, arm, etc. and discovering what I was lying in on the floor was a tremendous shock to me.
I managed to regain my footing and managed some essential, though in no way thorough, cleanup tasks. I still felt very ill, so did only what had to be done in order to tolerate myself and my immediate surroundings. That accomplished, I finally looked into the bathroom mirror over the sink, only to nearly faint again. (Just kidding! But I was stunned by the sight of my own image in the glass.)
There were smears of blood seeping from my hairline and across the "goose-egg" already growing on my forehead. Another smear of blood highlighted my left cheekbone, and there was one on the edge of my lip. These bits of color were the only hues in the chalky pallor of my complexion, which is usually rosy. I had to hang onto the bathroom sink for support. I held a washcloth under the stream of cold water and squeezed out as much excess as possible in my weakened state. I then fumbled my way back to the bed, where I threw the wet cloth over the left side of my face and gave in to the fierce headache pounding beneath my skull.
Nausea soon reared its ugly head again, but I remembered the antiemetic I keep in the medicine cabinet. The first dose didn't end the nausea or stop the vomiting immediately, but a follow-up dose did reduce it to a bearable queasiness. Normally, this medication will put me to sleep like a light being turned off, but this time the intensity of the headache overcame any possibility of sedation.
My first thought when I saw my scary-looking visage in the mirror had been, Should I go to the ER?, but after I crawled into bed, I just wanted to stay there. The headache and nauseated misery lasted much of the day. During the afternoon, I dozed for a short time.
When I awoke from my nap, I looked at the digital clock on my bedside table, saw the time and was disoriented. Wasn't this where I came in? Was I reliving Groundhog Day? Then I thought I must have slept through an entire night until the next morning. Guess my brain did get a bit scrambled in that fall! I was soon alerted to the fact it was the same day, exactly twelve hours since my faint-and-fall episode with the exhortion. My bruises looked worse, and there was pain from my injuries competing with the stomach ailment. It was time to give in and go the hospital. A family member kindly drove me there.
When you arrive at a hospital emergency department, if you fit into the senior citizen category, and one side of your face looks as though you were mugged, there's no waiting for you in the room with all the chairs and people (at least it wasn't in that hospital). A check-in staff member gets the minimum facts about you (which was superfast because I'd had thyroid surgery in that hospital six months previously, and my info was already in the computer), and then pushes you in a wheelchair back to one of the examination cubicles.
As the patient, you get to lie on an uncomfortable gurney with no pillow, but at least you're lying down. Whoever accompanies you to the ER, on the other hand, gets to sit in a very hard, uncomfortable chair for the next six-and-one-half hours while tests are taken to ascertain how or whether you are injured. (It's my theory that every piece of furniture in an ER is purposely uncomfortable so people won't go there unless it's really, truly necessary.)
At 2:30 a.m., a nurse told me I was being admitted to the hospital for tests, and I sent my family member off into a stormy night while I was pushed on said gurney to my fourth floor room. By this time I was tired and even a bit sleepy, but still queasy and feeling other effects of a stomach virus, which an ER doctor attributed to norovirus.
You know what they say about trying to sleep in a hospital. Impossible! Doctors' orders were for a nurse to take my blood pressure frequently three different ways: while lying down, sitting up, and standing. In addition, I was tethered to an IV stand, and hooked up to a heavy portable heart monitor fastened to the front of my hospital gown and weighty enough to be irritating.
Let it be known that I think the electronics of the modern hospital bed are marvelous. As for comfort, forget it! The mattress was one inch thick, and this patient felt every lump and bump of the technological gadgetry beneath that mattress. A rule in hospitals appears to be that at least one light must stay on in a room all the time, and every time someone enters the room--which is frequently--the overhead light is turned on as well.
I don't mean to sound ungrateful--I'm not. I do appreciate that the staff quickly determined through modern biomedical devices there was no brain bleed or swelling, my heart was okay, as were my carotid arteries, and I'd not broken any bones. This was good news.
A staff doctor saw me before I was released and gavw me a diagnosis. He said it was " . . . probably a vagus nerve episode during while vomiting from norovirus." My fall resulted in contusions and a mild concussion. I received medication for nausea and stomach pain, with instructions to rest and recuperate. An appointment was made for me to see my primary care physician for followup two weeks later.
After recovering from stomach virus symptoms, my own curiosity (and faint--pardon the pun--feeling of nervousness that it might happen without warning again) drove me to do some research about fainting on medical websites: what fainting is, various causes of fainting, treatment of fainting, prevention of fainting. This is what I learned (some of which I already knew).
Result of fainting, falling, and striking unyielding objects on the way down
Facts about fainting
Fainting, for which the medical term is syncope, is the sudden loss of consciousness due to a lack of blood flow to the brain. Most fainting is triggered by the vagus nerve, which connects the digestive system to the brain and manages blood flow to the intestines. Some people have an over-excitable vagus nerve, and they may begin fainting as early as the age of 13 (I began at 12) and--oh, horrors!--are likely to continue fainting from time to time for the rest of their lives.
Actually, vomiting is one of the things listed as reasons that can cause the vagus nerve to pull too much blood from the brain. Other common causes for the vagus nerve to do this are straining while using the toilet, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, anemia, and psychological triggers (such as the person who faints at the sight of blood or has a panic attack), as well as pregnancy. Anything that causes blood pressure to drop can affect the vagus nerve.
After a person faints, the vagus nerve reverts to its normal "behavior," the heart starts beating faster to normalize low blood pressure, and the person quickly regains consciousness.
If you're nearby when someone faints, you can help by preventing the person from getting hurt. Even if you can't stop the fall completely, breaking it and easing the victim to the floor may prevent injury. Here are some first aid steps you should take if you witness someone faint:
1. Check for signs victim is breathing. Movement of the diaphram, coughing, feeling or hearing breath from the person's nose or mouth--all or any of these can alert you to continuing respiration. If it's absent, check the person's airway to be sure it's clear, then quickly call 911 or your local emergency number, and begin CPR, continuing until help arrives or the person responds.
2. If the fainting victim is breathing, you can help to restore blood flow to the brain. Do this by positioning the person on his or her back and raising the legs above heart level, which is about twelve inches. Loosen restrictive clothing, such as a collar, tie and/or belt. Don't let the person get up too quickly, as this may cause another fainting spell.
3. If the person was injured in a fall caused by fainting, use first aid or get the victim to a hospital emergency room. If scratches or cuts are bleeding, apply pressure to cause clotting. Clean the abrasions and bandage. However, more serious cuts and bumps require professional medical attention, particularly if they are on any part of the head. If the possibility of a head injury exists, don't delay, and don't move the victim if he or she is not alert. If the person who fainted is not able to stand without assistance, call for an ambulance and let the EMTs handle the situation.
It is important to discover whether or not the loss of consciousness is due to a simple episode of fainting caused by something triggering the vagus nerve to rush too much blood from the brain, or if it's the result of something else, such as shock from drastically lowered blood pressure (which may be caused by a variety of prescription drugs), heart rhythm changes, a heart attack, or a minor stroke.
Since some of the reasons for unconsciousness may be serious, anyone present when a person passes out should insist (and not take "no" for an answer) that a quick trip to the doctor's office or hospital emergency room is needed for safety. Waiting for hours before doing this is a risky idea. Some serious conditions , such as stroke or heart attack, must be treated quickly for best results and to prevent long-term health damage. The same is true for a head injury. Speed in getting emergency medical treatment is essential.
I have given a very simplified explanation of fainting--some of its causes and what actually may happen when a person faints. A more detailed medical description of what syncope entails can be found on legitimate medical websites or by asking one's personal physician to explain.
Can fainting be prevented? It depends on the cause. For example, if one is prone to the type of non-dangerous fainting, knows the cause, and is aware of warning signs, it may be possible to avert an actual fainting spell. At the very least, realizing what is about to happen may help prevent crashing to the floor.
Anyone who begins feeling faint, disoriented, or experiences any of the usual signs of an impending faint while driving a vehicle should immediately pull over out of traffic and turn off the ignition. Most people driving these days have a mobile phone within reach to call for help, and should not start driving again, even if the feeling of faintness passes. It is safer to wait for someone else to take over the wheel. A family member, friend, or colleague can go to the scene and drive. If necessary, a call to 911 will bring EMTs.
If medication is found to be the cause of a drop in blood pressure, it may be adjusted by the prescribing physician. Older people and active younger ones should be sure to take in sufficient fluids to prevent dehydration.
The elderly are more at risk for fainting due to many of the reasons listed (except pregnancy) and also more likely to sustain a serious head injury or broken bones. Anyone who feels dizzy upon suddenly standing from a chair or bed should make it a habit to slowly change from a seated or prone position to a standing one. Regular medical examinations can keep track of changes in heart rhythm, narrowing of the carotid arteries, and other conditions that may predispose a person to fainting or loss of consciousness.
Now that I've fainted with no warning, do I feel nervous about the possibility it may happen again? Yes, I do, but I'm not going to worry unduly about it. I'll be alert to the possibilities that may cause a fainting spell and do what I can to prevent another one.
There's a line in the poem, FULL MOON SONG, by Georgie Starbuck Galbraith, that warns, "And the heart is richer that chances pain than the heart in cotton wool."
According to the poet, trying to protect one's self from a broken heart is not worth all that must be given up to do so. By the same token, I believe that figuratively wrapping one's body in cotton wool because possibility of injury exists is too great a price to pay for safety. I don't want to miss living my life and enjoying it because I'm cowering on a soft mattress to avoid hitting the floor again. Life's too sweet--even the mundane parts--to waste.
To YOUR good health! JAYE
Don't lock your knees when standing!
Children in wedding parties are at risk for fainting
Minor reasons for fainting or feeling as though one might pass out include getting too hot, locking one's knees while standing a long time, hyperventilation, or low blood sugar from missing a meal. These fainting or faint-feeling "spells" are usually over quickly without lasting harm if the person isn't injured during the fall. However, other reasons for fainting may be more serious, and it's better to seek medical attention than to simply hope everything will be okay. Anyone who faints should see his or her doctor immediately or go to an emergency room (with someone else driving).
NOTE TO READERS: I will appreciate your comments, especially if you have a fainting experience of your own to share with readers.
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Avoid the Norovirus
- 5 Ways to Prevent Catching or Spreading a Stomach Virus (Norovirus)
The maleficent stomach virus, also known as norovirus, is an epidemic around the world that spreads like wildfire. Here are some tips to protect yourself from this miserable experience.
© 2011 Jaye Denman
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on May 08, 2019:
Pinaki Goswami on April 17, 2019:
Very informative article. Enjoyed very much.
Suzie from Carson City on October 08, 2015:
Jaye...How totally interesting and informational! This is page One Google stuff, girlfriend. So clear and complete, it will be very helpful for individuals who suffer from fainting spells, which can be quite frightening.
One comment about your eye. "OUCH!" You poor woman. I can almost feel that. I had an eye like that not too long ago, but not from fainting.
No, not Miss Clutz here. I tripped over a cable on the floor and went literally flying into some furniture, and it wasn't a fainting couch! I thought for sure I had broken my nose.
Great hub as always, Jaye. You do very nice work. Good to SEE you! Paula
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on October 08, 2015:
Thanks, Greenmind . . . I'm glad you enjoyed this hub.
GreenMind Guides from USA on October 07, 2015:
I really like this hub -- cool idea and well wrtten. Thanks!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on December 14, 2014:
Peg - I hope you never faint for any reason. Thanks for the reminder for me to clean up this hub. Jaye
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2014:
That was quite a shiner you got! Glad it turned out to be nothing more serious causing your fainting episode. You gave some good advice in this hub. I have fortunately never suffered from syncope and hope it stays that way.
BTW...did you know that Google images are not free to use in most cases. You can edit and replace them with those that are in the public domain. I often use Wikimedia Commons Public Domain images but there are many other sites. Read the fine print and then give attribution to the author of the image. Nice that we can edit!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on September 24, 2014:
Nell - I hope your brother will be okay. The vagus nerve can cause palpitations for various reasons. Does he have a hiatal hernia? It's good that he's getting the situation checked out by a doctor.
I haven't fainted again since I wrote this hub. That was a terrible bruise, wasn't it? I also had a mild concussion--the bad part of no warning. I couldn't protect myself from falling and getting hurt. I worried about it for a while, afraid it would happen again, but am now hoping it was a one-off.
Nell Rose from England on September 24, 2014:
That's interesting to read about the vagus nerve as my brother believed it was causing him to have palpitations, its still being looked into. I am so sorry you had to go through this, and what a huge bruise! since you wrote this, have you had any other fainting episodes?
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 30, 2014:
Thanks for the read, Perspycacious. Fortunately, most instances of fainting do give the victim some warning and are harmless; however, it's good for people to know when medical help is needed.
Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on August 30, 2014:
You have a good readership some of which I share with you. This was insightful and appreciated. Thanks.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on July 31, 2014:
I'm glad you're not prone to fainting, Au fait. While a 'normal' faint is usually not dangerous and does give warning so that the person can sit or lie down (and putting the head between the legs may ward off the faint altogether, as you learned in school), the fainting episode I wrote about was the result of an excitable vagus nerve, and it happened because I threw up during a stomach virus, not the reverse.
For a long time afterward, I was nervous and expected it to happen again. Fortunately, it has not, so now I don't worry about it. I'd fainted numerous times in my life--usually when overheated in the summer--but always had ample warning prior to the actual event and was able to prevent a fall and resulting injury.
I'm afraid the photo of my bruised eye and forehead is so gruesome it scares readers away! I thought about removing it or cropping it more, but think the message about possible vagus nerve involvement and lack of warning is an important one. I decided to leave the photo because it grabs attention.
It's worth mentioning that passing out because of an excitable vagus nerve is more likely to happen to an older person than a younger one (except relative to pregnancy), and head injuries from falling can range from a slight concussion to (depending on what object the head hits in the fall) a fatality. That's why living alone can be problematic for the elderly (even with one of those 'I've fallen and I can't get up' alert buttons. If someone is unconscious, using the alert device may not be possible.
Did you know that the reason for Elvis Presley's lethal cardiac arythmia was over-stimulation of his vagus nerve? There was a 'perfect storm' of reasons that caused this to occur (which I won't delve into here), but there is now a term called 'The Elvis Presley Syndrome' to describe over-stimulation of the vagus nerve under certain circumstances.
Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope I'm making sense as I'm over-tired today. I was up writing until 3:00 a.m. to meet today's deadline for a story contest with a liberal word count allowance. I wrote the story of 7,000-plus words from the germ of an idea, then re-wrote nearly all of it, but I'm pleased with the final draft and hope it has a chance of, at the very least, honorable mention. I would, however, prefer one of the top cash prizes! LOL
C E Clark from North Texas on July 30, 2014:
Thankfully I've only fainted a couple of times in my life, and both times I was sitting down. I can see how a person could get hurt pretty badly if they were standing up and I sympathize with all those black and blue spots you got.
Thankfully also, I have never had the urge to upchuck from fainting. Like you, I will do almost anything to keep from doing that, but on the couple occasions I did faint, there were no after affects to speak of, definitely no vomiting.
I have had some close fainting calls, and when that happens I sit down and try to get my head lower than the rest of my body to get blood flow back to my brain. Think I learned that in school.
I was in high school when we had a month's worth of movies on how to manage any emergency known to man. The whole high school attended in the gymnasium. I remembered most of it for a long time, but I probably need a refresher now and of course some things have changed. What to do about unconscious people was covered. Think I had a recent review on that for my job.
Well, sometimes people don't like to talk about incidents like your fall, mainly because they don't know what to say. They're afraid anything they say will be wrong. You shouldn't imagine that no comments mean people don't like this article. They are uncomfortable with the content no doubt, but I think people need to get themselves comfortable with things like this so that they're not totally useless in an emergency. You might be surprised at how easily some people lose it in even a non-life-threatening situation.
I learned long ago, that if you can't keep your wits about you in an emergency that you make matters worse, not better, for everyone not just yourself. I have also learned that people who cannot 'think' in emergencies are more likely to die. It's hard to help oneself much less anyone else if a person can't think and just gets hysterical instead.
Always told my daughter, who was initially inclined to lose it when she was fairly young, that she needs to hold herself together until the situation is turned around and dealt with. After it's over, then go to pieces if you must, but not until then. She has improved greatly with age and that is a good thing.
Very useful article for people to get an idea of what to expect if they haven't already had experience with fainting. Voted up and useful!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on July 13, 2014:
You're right, Peg, fainting is never any fun. I just hope it never 'sneaks up on' me again...or on you, for that matter. Even a few seconds warning gives you time to sit or lie down rather than fall. Any fall where you hit your head can be dangerous. I looked pretty awful with my bruises, but I was lucky my injuries weren't worse.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 13, 2014:
Your poor eye looks painful. So very sorry about your fall. I read with interest your account of fainting and some of the reasons why people faint. Until it happened to me, I thought I was immune to it. You've described it perfectly, with a blackness that creeps slowly over your eyes, the knees turn to jelly and WHAM! There it goes. It is awful.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on June 25, 2014:
Hi, Peggy. I did look awful, didn't I? That was three years ago, and it hasn't happened again. I was nervous for a while because, even though I'd fainted before, I always had a moment of warning. Not that time.
I hope you never faint, either. Thanks for your good wishes. Jaye
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2014:
That is a nasty looking bruised area under your eye. Fortunately I have never fainted and hopefully never will. Thanks for the good information. Hope you do not experience any more episodes going forward.
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on February 17, 2014:
Thanks for the informative information on fainting.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on October 17, 2013:
Thanks, Flourish - I've found that staying busy, even after retirement, keeps my attention on the positive aspects of life.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 17, 2013:
P.S. Glad you are feeling better!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on October 17, 2013:
Thank you, Flourish - That photo made my nephew flinch when he saw it, but it seemed necessary to illustrate what can happen when one faints and falls. Since that episode, I've been fortunate enough not to have it happen again. There are, however, no guarantees.
Bless your heart for passing out post-surgery when your baby was young. That must have been a scary experience, with the battle scars to prove it.
Thanks for the vote, feedback, sharing and for telling your experience with fainting here in the comments.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 17, 2013:
Oh, my gosh! The photo of your eye is really dramatic and painful looking. I won't crack jokes about looking like you've been in a bar fight, as I've fainted several times too. In retrospect, it was likely due to my MS. After I had my daughter almost 14 years ago I was suffering from lingering post-op surgical complications. I was living alone with the baby (who by that time was crawling) while we were trying to sell our home. My husband had been transferred to a new location, and I had no family around. While making cookies, I turned around, took two steps and hit the floor. Lights out, goose egg, and skinned my face like someone had dragged me across cement. I don't even know how long I was out, but my infant was left unattended while I was unconscious. The doctors did an MRI on my uterus. Had they done an MRI on my brain, they would have found MS. But eventually I figured that out myself. Don't unpublish. Voted up and more! Sharing.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on October 07, 2013:
Hi, Mel - Thanks for stopping by and for the vote. I can sympathize with your wife since a couple of my youthful fainting spells could be attributed to sweltering summer heat in the Deep South. I learned not to get overheated. I'm glad you've been nearby when your wife's fainted. I'll bet she's grateful, too.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on October 07, 2013:
My wife is a fainter, so I can relate to what you are talking about. Fortunately I have been there to catch her so far and to go for help. Her episodes seem to be triggered by heat. Great article, I voted you up!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on September 21, 2013:
Moonlake - Your story is unusual in that it was your sister, rather than you (having just given birth) who fainted. As a matter of fact, I fainted several times during all three of my pregnancies. Some people just seem to faint more easily than others. The bad aspect of that tendency is when you get older it's more easy to get hurt. (That was quite a shiner I had, wasn't it? Even now, there's still a small knot on my upper forehead from that fall.)
Thanks for the read and comment.
moonlake from America on September 21, 2013:
I had just had a baby and just came home from the hospital. The middle of the night I got up with the baby and my younger sister got up with me. When I ask her to hand me the diaper she didn't I looked over at her and she was sliding down the crib. I caught her and got her on the floor with her butt hitting the floor but at least it wasn't her head. She fainted dead away. We got her to the hospital but never found out why she fainted. I have never fainted a day in my life but my younger sister has done it often.
Sorry about your black eye. Voted up.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on May 23, 2011:
jdu...Sorry about your broken teeth. I read your hub about fainting and voted it up (left a comment). The "good" kind of fainting spell is when you get some warning, even if it is brief. Once you've hit the floor or the ground, you will be on guard against it happening again, if possible. In my case, there was no warning at all. Just "lights out." No fun! JAYE
jdu79 from United States on April 24, 2011:
This just happen to me, Check out my Picture
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 30, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by, "me." The shiner is now gone, but the "goose-egg" on my head remains. No one who really knows me would believe the "fight" story.... JAYE
me on March 29, 2011:
Sorry just getting around to reading these. Sorry about your shiner. Dont tell the truth, say you were in a fight. lol
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 22, 2011:
I'm so sorry you've been sick again. Those viruses are really mean company! Glad you're recovering, as I am. Take care....JAYE
attemptedhumour from Australia on March 22, 2011:
Hi Jaye i'm still recovering after a second bout of virusitus. It is nice to spend a bit more time on hubpages though where my brain is a bit more active. I hope you are recovering too. Cheers
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 21, 2011:
Thanks, Stan. I'm okay. The bruises have faded a lot, though they aren't completely gone, and the "goose-egg" bump on my head may linger for a while. It's a good thing the vanity of my youth lessened considerably with age. (At least my ear wasn't bitten off!) JAYE
Stan Fletcher from Nashville, TN on March 20, 2011:
Heck no don't unpublish it! I thought it was very interesting. And I loved the picture of you after your bout with Mike Tyson. But seriously, it was painful to look at. Hope you're OK!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 16, 2011:
Hi, Keith....I hope you've fully recovered from your virus. Nasty things, those "bugs" are, aren't they?
A crash helmet might come in handy, but I think it would get very hot wearing one in this climate! Looks as though I'll just have to take my chances. Life is a chancy business anyway.
Cheers to you, too, friend.....JAYE
attemptedhumour from Australia on March 16, 2011:
Hi Jaye, i've been really ill with a bad virus myself and just been away for three days. Feinting is obviously a dodgy business. Sounds like you need to wear a crash helmet baking cookies. It can happen at any time. I have only feinted once. When i first applied to visit oz i left my inoculations far too late. The doc gave me all three shots, polio, and another two i've forgotten, telling me not to imbibe for forty eight hours. I got sozzled that night, sozzled the next night and feinted the following morning. Luckily drunks always seem to have soft landings. I can't think what caused it, maybe that packet of nuts i ate. Cheers from your Aussie mate.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 15, 2011:
Hi, Tony...I'm okay, so don't worry. My bruises are fading today, so I'm not so scary looking now. I did look pretty awful for a few days, though. Would have frightened small children, I'm afraid. Love you, too.
P.S. Glad you like the article. I decided to leave it up since the info about causes of fainting may be helpful to some reader.
Tony Starnes on March 15, 2011:
I can't stand to look at your eye like that. I hope you are okay! Love you. By the way, your article was good. Don't delete it.
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 14, 2011:
Maybe the amusing photos and illustrations will make this piece more interesting. I hope so!
Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 14, 2011:
So far, 22 people have read this hub, but not a single one has commented. Also, there is absolutely no feedback or voting that I can tell. Is it that awful/uninteresting? Are the photos of my black eye that gruesome? Should I un-publish it? JayeWisdom