Next thing I knew I was being shaken by another passenger repeatedly asking "Are you alright? Are you alright?" and the girl across the aisle was offering me her juice bottle. The bus had stopped and the driver came back to offer me a seat up-front nearer the effective ventilation. It was all rather dramatic and it has quite possibly been captured on youtube <huzzah for smart-phones> for our Russian friends to marvel at. I'm guessing I fainted . . . again; because I have a bit of a track-record on that.
- 1987 at an animal-handling course when they demonstrated that the best vein to tap for blood-sampling a rabbit is in the ear. As the 5ml syringe filled up with black blood I heard the sea in my ears and had to sit down. I skipped the rest of the course. I was only working with mice anyway.
- 1992 The Boy had an asthmatic crisis and we whipped him into Beaumont Hospital as he was turning from blue to grey. In A&E he was fast-tracked through the queue and after a jolt of adrenalin was settled in a cubicle. As the anxious parents sat beside his gurney, they took a blood sample and I felt a need for fresh air and a few minutes later The Beloved was told "Not to alarm you missus but your husband is two bays down with his feet elevated". I'd never made it outside but had been dextrously caught by an A&E physician who was taking details from another patient.
- 1999 I went on a chain-saw handling course run by Coillte the state forest service. I'd owned a chain-saw for a few years but had an irrational fear of using it, so the course was a way to get round this. On the first day of five we spent the morning dismantling, reassembling and sharpening chain-saws in a shed in the Coillte complex. After lunch we were shown The Video - a series of stills from Cork University Hospitals illustrating the damage chain-saws could do. After some initial blokey comments ["he'll never play the piano again" etc.], the room fell silent and when the lights came up one of the two burly farmers on either side of me said "You don't look well; you should put your head between your knees; open the window, there". But for being wedged between the farmers I would have been on the floor. After the course, I had a rational fear of chain-saws.
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