Screaming Wives and Piano Chairs

Hello, Benjamin from Brothers Campfire here!

Stretching is typically beneficial. With much frustration, I discovered that it can be costly as well.
Yesterday, I was responding to comments on my phone when I stood up to get a refill of Folgers Black Silk coffee. With a phone in one hand and a coffee cup in the other, I stretched my arms horizontally.

Then I heard my wife scream. Wondering what the problem was, I opened my eyes; I was lying on the ground wondering how I had gotten there.

According to her, I stood up, stretched, fell on the piano, and hit the piano chair with my jaw. I had fainted.

Unfortunately, the strike to the jaw reopened an old wound from a car accident last year leaving a gash 2.5 centimeters long and 5 millimeters deep.

A two-hour stay at the clinic consisted of a series of tests to ascertain if I had a stroke, a hook up to an EKG to check my heart, and a few physical tests to try and replicate the fainting spell in a controlled way. A hefty 75 USD copay later, I was back in the fight.

Well, sorta. I was supposed to be an usher at church, but I wasn’t in the headspace to do so as the piano bench gave me a memorable uppercut.

Quite a few folks have attributed this to the diet challenge I am on, and they may or may not be correct. I am not prone to fainting. I have a follow up appointment planned to check blood work.

This morning, angling myself where I would fall someplace soft, I replicated the movement numerous times and found a nifty way to make myself see spots.

It is good to know, and will bring it up to the doctor when I go.

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire.

40 thoughts on “Screaming Wives and Piano Chairs

      1. YouLittleCharmer says:

        You’re most welcome 😊

        And yes, we’re freezing here too! Currently sitting around -7Β°c most nights. Saying that though, that could be fairly tropical in comparison to you guys! β„οΈπŸ–€

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  1. Cindy Georgakas says:

    Oh no Ben… so sorry to here.. You don’t need any more things to deal with there. Take care and keep us posted❣️

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  2. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

    Very sad to read the message and sad to see photo also πŸ˜’Sometimes our bad time may happen like this,
    your wife was stunned at that moment , so pity she scared πŸ€”by God’s Grace not so deep wound became πŸ™
    Take care nicely dear friend πŸ™πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

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      1. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

        Thank you so much for this lovely reply message and so welcome πŸ™ πŸ’—friends are the flowers in the
        garden of life and sending so much happiness ,love to you and your loving family dear friend πŸ™πŸŒΉπŸ’•

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  3. James Viscosi says:

    I can only imagine how many tests I would be subjected to if something like this happened to me, given my history … I hope they get to the bottom of it soon!

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    1. Benjamin says:

      You get it. I know it. Thank you for being so supportive of our family when my wife had a stroke.

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  4. 9siduri says:

    YIKES!! How frightening. I’m sorry to hear this and hope the situation is resolved soon.

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  5. MichaelStephenWills says:

    Hi Benjamin,

    Wow, what an unexpected turn of events during a routine stretch! I’m relieved to hear you’re relatively okay after such a startling incident. It sounds like a mix of concern and a bit of humor in hindsight. Take care with that diet challenge and make sure to follow up with your doctor. Here’s to hoping for a quick recovery and less eventful coffee refills in the future!

    Best wishes,
    Mike

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  6. Petra says:

    Definitely bring it up with the doctor if it’s a specific position that’s causing you to feel dizzy, could be something with a nerve or something

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  7. Jacqui Murray says:

    Good grief! It looks like the gash kids get when they jump in a pool, too close to the edge. Fainting can be serious, but maybe not. Fingers crossed and glad you’re smiling.

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  8. sharonsiconictravelphotographyblog says:

    They should probably check your heart as well, if they have not already. The table test I think is one test they do if someone has issues getting dizzy while standing up or feeling faint.

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    1. Benjamin says:

      They completed an EKG which is a method to check the heart. So far so good. I have a follow up appointment soon! How are you doing?

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      1. sharonsiconictravelphotographyblog says:

        EKG does not catch everything.Sometimes you need the other tests. If you are doing a diet though that may be the issue. I know someone who fainted while doing a diet. I’m busy busy with work.

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  9. Adelheid says:

    I know I am late but I hope that you are doing fine now. Please be safe always. πŸ™πŸ»

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