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Feb 11, 2013

Faint Hope

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Author Affiliations: Medical School for International Health and Department of Geriatrics, Ben-Gurion Univerity of the Negev, Beer-sheva, Israel, and Division of Geriatric Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):180. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1536

I have much in common with my 92-year-old dad. Both of us are bald, and both of us are men. We both grew up in Toronto, and we both dislike buffets. And, unfortunately, we both have a tendency to vasovagality.

When I awoke one day feeling nauseous, I tried at first to ignore the symptom. I went early to the office prepared to tackle my e-mails, which I try, Sisyphus-like, to clear away at first light. Soon, I felt severe nausea, now accompanied by light-headedness, and sweating. Having learned from experience, I quickly lay down on the floor and put my feet up. Within 20 seconds, I began to feel better, and a minute later, I had apparently quite recovered.