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Adrenaline

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:42 -0300

Do people experience adrenaline differently?  I've never been a fan of
"extreme sports" (I hated each and every parachute jump I made, and only made
6 because I paid for all up front, and was going to get my money's worth,
damnit).

Yesterday evening I decided to inject myself "a mano".  Normally I use a
little spring-loaded contraption called "betaject" that I just hold against my
skin and then press a button.  But that seemed like a dependency on a machine
that I didn't really need.

So I injected myself, and it was surprisingly easy (unlike the machine, which
gives you a jolt, it didn't actually hurt at all - the needle must be vey
fine).

But immediately afterwards, nervous coward that I am, I was swamped with an
adrenaline rush.  Almost fainted.  Nauseous.  Sweated like a pig.  And,
curiously, almost crapped myself.  Ended up crawling (couldn't walk) to the
bathroom, so I could take a shit.

It was just like food poisnong.

How can anyone enjoy that?  It's just not possible.  So either people
experience adrenaline differently, or "adrenaline rush" doesn't mean what it
says.

Will try again Saturday - assume it will be easier now I know it doesn't
hurt.  On the other hand, I knew parachuting didn't kill me...

Andrew

Vasovagal Response

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:16:03 -0300

That wasn't adrenaline, apparently.  It's the Vasovagal Response
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasovagal_response

Andrew

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