November 27, 2015
Added a few new words to my vocabulary today: vasovagal syncope. Gimme two vasovagels on rye with mustard! And who knew syncope meant fainting? Comes from Ancient Greek words meaning together (syn-) and strike, or cut off (koptein). What it actually means is that your vagus nerve conspires with your cardiovascular system to cut off blood flow to the brain and you pass out. As my son did while eating breakfast in a restaurant today. I now know that he should have been prone, not sitting up. It took five and half hours in the ER to learn that. Phew!