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Coming back from Seattle on the ferry, I had a scary moment where I almost passed out. The "grey tunnel" effect that precedes passing out, followed by some serious dizziness caused me to seek out a crewperson to get me some medical attention. Fortunately for me, not only was there the normal crewmember with EMT training, there was also a fully-fledged EMT transporting a patient.

The short version of what seems to have happened is that running for the ferry dislodged some mucus in my lungs that I wasn't able to cough up, combined with my really poor posture while reading a book led to me not getting enough oxygen. They put me on oxygen and most of the symptoms cleared up very quickly.

The slightly longer version would add that the lung problems that I've had since quitting smoking (and probably due to smoking, of course) are not doing me any favors. I'm generally healthy in terms of the equipment that the EMT had available (blood pressure was normal, pulse was fine, and so on), excepting of course for my lung function. In addition to that, I was coughing quite a lot (even seeing stars at one point) and had some severe dizziness. On top of that, I was feverish and covered in a cold sweat for a while. I need to find a way to sit that doesn't collapse my lungs. I was advised to see a doctor in the next few days (or immediately if symptoms reappear), but lacking insurance I'll have to look up the local free clinic. If there is one. Or else I could always do the dumb thing that we are forced toward and use the ER as a substitute for proper medical care, which I hate even thinking about.

Bah. Anyway, I'm fine now. If you want to give me advice, please send it to me in private. You can use my whateley23 at that there yahoo dawt calm address. But note that I am not actually asking for advice, although I will accept it if given (though I reserve the right not to act on it, of course).

As usual, some of my neuroses came up. I couldn't help but apologize to everyone for being so intrusive and needy as to ask for help. I need to get over that. I'm not even sure why I do that. It's one of the things that I am sure I could root out if I just knew why I do it.

I've probably forgotten to include things I meant to say, but this will do for now.
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