A One-Off

Saturday, March 23, 2019

It was a lovely day, one of those days New Mexico is known for: brilliant blue skies and white fluffy clouds. We were in Edgewood at an animal sanctuary, and it was on the cool side. I was with my family and friends. I was pushing my friend in his wheelchair when I was immediately struck with feeling like I might faint. I don’t even recall what I did with my friend—did I call someone else over to push him? Did I just park him off to the side of the sidewalk? All I knew is that I needed to sit down right that very second. I was clammy, weak, nauseated, my vision was blurry, my nose was running like crazy. I couldn’t walk in a straight line.

I found a bench, sat down, and put my head between my legs. My boyfriend was there almost immediately but I was unable to really even articulate how I was feeling. I thought perhaps my blood sugar dropped. I’m not diabetic but I hadn’t eaten that day, and it was probably around 2:30 in the afternoon. I always carried sugar pills in my purse for my boyfriend, who is diabetic. I ate a few of those but didn’t feel any better. My mother and our other friend were pretty concerned so they went on ahead to try to find some water for me.

Kyle, my boyfriend, resumed pushing our friend in the wheelchair while I staggered from one place to the next, having to sit down every minute or so. I made it back to the entrance of the attraction we were visiting, and my mother handed me a bottle of water. My hands were so shaky. I drank what I could and made my way to the car so I could sit down. There was no way I could drive; I turned the keys over to Kyle. We had plans to go to a late lunch that afternoon so we headed back to Albuquerque, which was about a 30 minute drive. I really just assumed that I needed food and would feel better.

And I did feel better. About 30 minutes after eating, I felt normal again. I figured it was a one-off: I was in the sun, I hadn’t eaten, maybe I hadn’t had enough water. I freaked all of us out that day, so … lesson learned: Eat. Drink. Stuff like that.

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