As you may know, my husband and I were lucky enough to attend the Andrea Bocelli Concert in Detroit just a couple of days ago (12-3-17). It was wonderful!
I had a great time until the show was over. You see, that is when my Hashimoto’s took over my body. I lost control of my senses and was in a black out. 😡
What I remember
We were using LYFT Car Service to shuttle us to and from the concert (Strongly recommended). I messaged LYFT that we needed to be picked up.
As we were walking out of the seating area, I kept getting dizzy and losing my balance on the stairs. My husband and the Usher were very helpful. I was also starting to sweat. Mind you, by that point we were waiting near a door which was kept open and the temperature was 32*. I was only getting worse though. Then I started shaking/ trembling.
Everyone assumed it was because of the temperature, but I knew it was my body’s way of telling me to get some food and water asap. The LYFT driver was having a hard time finding us, so we walked to an area she was able to get to. I don’t remember walking 🚶♀️ anywhere. My mind was spacey.
I was leaning against a pillar outside of a parking garage. This was the only thing I could find to hold me up.
When I came to, I was sitting in a chair surrounded by the Parking Attendants.
Female Attendant: “Look she’s awake!”
“Everyone check your pockets, this girl doesn’t look too great.”
“You need food don’t you? Can you talk?”
“I want you to try these raisins. Do you like raisins?”
I nodded, yes.
“Are you waiting for someone?”
I nodded, yes.
Male Attendant: “Here give her this! I have a banana and a granola bar!”
Female Attendant: “It’s ok. It’s just water. Open your mouth, I’ll help ya.”
Husband: “Brande! The driver is here! Where are you? Brande!”
Male Attendant: “Are you with him? Are you Brande?”
I nodded, yes.
Female Attendant: “She’s in here. She slid down that pillar and blacked out a few times.”
Male Attendant: “We gave her all that we could find: raisins, a banana, a granola bar, some peanuts & a water.”
Husband: “How long has she been like this? Oh my God thank you! I’ll get her back to our hotel and get her some food. She gets sick from her disease. Thank you!”
Back at the hotel and completely disoriented from the elevator, I was able to eat a panini that I purchased earlier from Starbucks.
I’m not aware of what was said or done during the black outs but I am so grateful that I was lucky enough to have some kind people who took care of me.
Moral of the story:
My disease symptoms have the ability to make me dizzy, incoherent, and black out. That is scary.
I wasn’t aware of elevators causing disorientation.
I had a horrible migraine by the time it was all said and done.
My joints and bones hurt all over and I felt so weak.
I couldn’t even lean on a stationary object without losing my balance and blacking out.
None of the Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease books/research mentioned any of these traits/issues. NONE.
I was lucky this time, but if it happens again I can’t assume that I’ll get help with the kindness of strangers.
🌸 To those who helped me at 126 W.Fisher St. Parking Garage, Detroit, MI, you were angels for me that night. Thank you! 🙏 🌸