"Doktor, you pun boleh sakit ka?"
"I pun manusia juga"
When concerning meals, a good breakfast (or really, just any breakfast) would do you good to survive the day.
Friday mornings means Internal Medicine. There was much standing as we interviewed patients and was shown how to perform aspection/percussion and palpation on patients.
I failed to have a proper breakfast last Friday and that morning, after some standing, I started to feel cold and weak. I knew they were signs of fainting so I asked to be seated, which didn't work so I dragged myself to a nearby bench to lie down.
The good thing was, we had blood pressure measurement on the last lesson and so, our doctor was well informed about my hypotension. He assured me that I wasn't dead; "don't worry, you still have pulse. " and later, I was led to the room where patients would first enter when admitted. (It was an ICU; JIP in czech, jednotka intenzivni pece, but I wasn't an ICU patient of course.)
The nurse measured my blood pressure. First measurement was a failure, so the machine was set up another time. Guess what came out...
Yup, that number and the machine beeping away. (If you've had your medical practice, machines usually beeps away when there's abnormality with the patient or in some rare cases, malfunction of the machine).
What happened next was a series of procedures to elevate my blood pressure.
Remaining in a lying position, lift legs above heart level with the help of pillow etc. (Promote return of blood to the heart, hence increasing preload, cardiac output and blood pressure)
Drinking lotsa fluid. (Directly increasing fluid volume, and so, blood pressure).
I felt a lot better when the blood pressure was to my normal range. Guess what was my normal range...
I missed about quarter of class but Alhamdulillah for the experience and the recovery :)
Time to build some knowledge! While we're at it, here are some things about blood pressure: