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.