Did Sleeping Beauty Suffer From Vasovagal Syncope?

Today, I had another vasovagal episode.  I went to the doctor for a biopsy, and after everything was completed and we were discussing what he saw, I became lightheaded and passed out in the exam room.  He said I was out for about twenty seconds before he managed to revive me.  I remained in his office for about another hour before someone came to drive me home.  I was still having trouble staying on my feet, so I thought it best not to drive.

This latest continuation of vasovagal syncope in my life brought to mind the tale of Sleeping Beauty, who pricked her finger and went to sleep.  Almost every fainting incident is preceded by my being pricked by some type of needle.  Of course, I am not Sleeping Beauty–I don’t sleep enough to earn the title ;)–but the symptoms seem to line up with the traditional tale.  She encounters an event–the needle pricking–her body overreacts, and she faints or “falls into a deep sleep.”  When I woke up after the incident today, I thought I was at home.  It wasn’t until the doctor asked me a few times if I knew where I was that I realized I was still in the exam room.  If he hadn’t roused me, I might have been out for the rest of the afternoon.  If this happened to people in the past, I can see how it would have inspired a fairy tale.  It would have seemed like some sort of dark magic–prick her, and she goes to sleep.


Types of Writers

I’ve noticed a few differences in university professors who publish versus traditional story writers.  It seems the majority of professors I encounter don’t know how to revise their work for punctuation or grammatical errors.  Granted, not all story writers do, but many of the better ones do have the capacity and the drive to check for common errors.  Many professors seem either unaware of their mistakes or lack the drive to fix them.

I am currently copying a portion of a professor’s book, which contains great advice for writers but an ever increasing number of punctuation and grammar errors.  Some of the sentences don’t make sense, either.  They need to be interpreted by the reader.  It is a book he published through the university for classroom use, but he didn’t bother to have it edited.  I noticed other professors with similar mistakes; I just happen to be viewing his right now.  Anyway, I thought it was an oddity worth sharing.


This morning, I was listening to an NPR segment called Deford: A New Sports Talk Show by Women, but Will People Watch?  (Follow link to read or listen.)  They want to know if people will watch a sports news talk show featuring women, as advertised in the title.  Also, the question of why there are significantly fewer fans for female sports teams is raised.

At the end, Deford mentions the new Batman V Superman movie as the ump-teenth sequel to both superheros, yet Wonder Woman has yet to make it to the big screen in her own movie.  Since this is one of my–and many other people’s–pet issue with DC, I sincerely say thank you, Frank, for noticing.

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I am watching Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.  I read about it in magazines and blog posts, so I decided to give it a try.  It really is a good series.  It’s short and sweet–perfect for someone with very little time but wanting a resolution.  I’ve lost loved ones, so I guess those types of shows really get to me, when they’re well done.  Also, it’s about a group of childhood friends reconnecting, especially the former group leader who became a shut in.  Anyway, I love the soundtrack, too.  The opening theme by Galileo Galilei is especially beautiful.