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Panic Attack

A couple of Saturdays ago I was getting a well-deserved drink after a stressful shift. The Golden State Warriors game was on and I was chilling with my coworker, just shooting the shit and being grateful we were no longer at work. We went outside to smoke a bowl (it’s San Francisco, that’s what we do), and we came back inside and sat down. I was in the middle of telling a story when I started feeling short of breath, like my lungs weren’t being inflated enough. I started to get dizzy and lightheaded. My chest constricted, my heart started hurting. My palms got sweaty and tingly. I felt like I was about to die. I told my friend my symptoms and he assured me that I wasn’t flushed or dripping sweat, that I looked normal. He got me some ice water. He calmed me down. I started to realize that death wasn’t imminent and gradually returned to reality. It was my first panic attack. It was terrifying. I’ve always heard other people talk about them but I never knew how it felt. I didn’t know what was going on and the fear just consumed me. But I dealt with it and now I know I can handle them. I don’t recommend them. I hope you never experience one. But if you do, take it one breath at a time and try to focus on something other than dying. Not great advice, but helpful enough. Remember it.

Critically Rated at 5/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Paint Fumes

I live in an apartment and my downstairs neighbors moved out. The landlord hired a maintenance crew to come in and do minor repairs and repaint the vacant apartment. And now the whole building smells like paint. I have every possible window open for ventilation and the paint fumes just seem to be getting worse. I feel like I’m stuck in the garage with the car engine running. To make matters worse, the sun has started setting and it’s getting colder but at least the paint fumes are starting to cloud my mind. I don’t think I’ll even feel the cold in the next few minutes. I probably shouldn’t be drinking a beer and smoking a bowl right now. It’s kind of a waste because these paint fumes have my head spinning in ways that drugs never could. So this is why people huff spray paint… I could get into this. Now excuse me while I pass out.

Critically Rated at 6/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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