Saturday, May 29, 2010

Unexpected Life Turns

In life, you never know what will happen. Things can change in an instant and the unexpected is always around the corner. Case in day yesterday.

Since it was the beginning of the holiday weekend, I decided to go out and treat myself to a $15 massage.  In little Saigon, there is a place I like to go to that gives you an hour massage for fifteen dollars in a room full of other people doing the same. You pretty much sit in a lazy boy chair with your clothes on and they give you a rub down for an hour. I had no idea what was in store for me on this particular day.

It started during the first five minutes of the massage. I was sitting on a stool and he was rubbing my neck and shoulders. I tend to like it more on the firm side, so I told him that the pressure was ok. Well, he dug into my neck. Hard. I didn't want to say "ouch" or "back off." I thought the pain would be a good thing in the end. I started to feel dizzy, nauseous and that is all I remember.

Next thing I see is several feet on the ground surrounding me. The lights were on, everyone in the room was gone and about 20 employees and a few customers were staring at me. All I remember saying is, "What's going on? What are you looking at? Where is everyone?" Less than a minute later a team of EMT's were around me asking all sorts of questions like, "What day is it? Where are you? How old are you? (I had to think about that one), etc." At this point, I am shocked and pretty embarrassed and started fighting back the tears.

After much debate with the EMT's on what I should do, I agreed to go in the ambulance to a hospital for some tests. One of the EMT's went to my car to get my phone so I thought it would be best to document my experience with some camera phone pictures as it was happening. Nevermind thinking if I was ok, I just thought that it could make a good blog.  Sick, I know.  It was all so surreal. It was as if I was in a dream.

I arrived at the hospital and answered more questions and told my story over and over. Oh what fun they had laughing at my expense. I suppose the story sounds pretty odd looking back.  The nurse asked if I had something to eat. I thought about it and said, yes I had an ice cream a few hours ago. She said, " ice cream and a must be nice!" I said, "Oh yes, you too can have that luxury and end up here." She did make me laugh.

I couldn't stop thinking about how much it is going to cost me. I asked for the EMT's to give me a menu of prices for what they wanted to do (a tad sarcastic with a hint of hope) . Wouldn't that be nice? It's like a restaurant for treatment options with prices attached. The doctor ordered blood work and an EKG and my first reaction was, "how much will that cost?" Of course he didn't know. I asked for a water and when it came, I asked the worker if that was around five dollars. They didn't get it.  They just dropped off about 50 papers to sign.

I would have denied treatment but I knew that my mother would be happier if I went and had the tests done.  I did and everything came back normal.  I have a slight problem asking for help, since I feel I can do everything on my own, so I left the hospital and walked about 4 miles back to my car and went home.

What an interesting day.

It's a good thing I am so thrifty and found a place that charges only fifteen dollars for a massage. It turns out that this is going to be the most expensive one yet.

Here's a slideshow of some pictures I took with my camera phone on my trip to the hospital:


dbridgewater said...

What the Hell! What do they think happened? Are you ok?

Alison said...

Hi Dawn! I have no idea. They don't know either. I feel ok today. :)

dbridgewater said...

Well I'm glad you're feeling better. Note to self: Speak up if the pressure is too deep.

Kevin said...

Glad you're ok...not enough to eat? low blood sugar? Hard pressure cut off blood flow? Wow! And then of course you produce a REALLY cool slide show, amazing! Take care of yourself.

Alison said...

Thank you Kevin! I am not sure why it happened and the dr's are not sure either. It was all surreal. I couldn't believe it was happening so I had to take pictures to make sure it was indeed, true. :)

Cat Carrel said...

Vulcan death grip. Spock used to use it all the time. You are lucky to be alive. ;)
Glad you are okay crazy girl.

Alison said...

Yes Cat...Vulcan grip. When I die, they will have to rip the camera out of my cold dead hands...or something like that. :)

Jennifer @ Livinginmycar said...

I feel really guilty that I think that video you did is completely f*cking awesome.

I think the video perfectly captures how frightening and surreal that must have been....

I am glad you are feeling better and hope you don't have any more episodes.

(I've also enjoyed your posts about the women on the fly!)

Take care,


Alison said...

Thank you Jennifer! Don't feel guilty, I am glad that you liked it. :) I wanted to express the feelings and emotions I felt at the time and show it in a slideshow...I am glad it came across that way. :)

Anonymous said...

OK- so in the meantime-how about not worrying about the cost as much as what that was?? I think more info would be good-that is certainly not "normal". Speaking from experience... We all worry about you-who would take pictures of all those bird feet?

Dian Reid said...

love the post & slideshow my friend. wow. way to use your experience to create art...always thinking, you are!

glad you're ok.

kim said...

glad you are ok as well. Sounds like all the tests show that too so i'm with the theory of it being the vulcan death grip. I'd totally be in the mindset of hey this would make a great blog post, sick as that is! slide show was amazing

Freely Living Life said...

Wow! One extreme to the next huh? Pleasure to pain....

Glad you are ok!

I'd be submitting that hospital bill to the place that gave you the "massage"....I'm sure they'd much rather pay that bill vs. a lawsuit and the attention of the media. :) Just a thought....

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Truth stranger than fiction. Good that all is well with you. Reminds me of the sleeper hold Classy Freddy Blassy (wrestler) used long ago. Three things I learned from this post - Shy away from cheap massages, I need to get a camera phone and keep your sunglasses with you at all times so you can still look cool under the most dire situations. Great video! Take care.

Veronica said...

Alison, so glad you are OK..great video of the experience..I am getting used to seeing different angled pictures of YOUR feet..would prefer not to see any more taken from an wishes..looking forward to reading about your future travels..

Jon Russell said...

So glad to hear your OK.

Thanks for photographically documenting your medical ordeal for the greater good. Nice slideshow!

Alison said...

Thank you all for your kind words!

It was all so surreal. I don't think I will go back to that place. Yes, taking pics for the greater good, Jon. ha ha

I enjoyed putting the video together. I think I will do more of that in the future.

Now, back to traveling! :)

Vic said...

Glad to hear you are OK. I tend to black out at certain times as well, so it was wise to get checked out.

You are a true artist, and it really showed in this blog.

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