|Tonbridge Castle, across the frozen Medway, on Thursday|
Then I remembered I'd been out for a walk, to take some pictures of the snow, and had started to feel a freezing tingling in my hands; a creeping weakness in my legs. I was outside the gym, opposite Tonbridge public library, and I leaned against the wall and that's the last I could recall.
Turns out my blood pressure had dropped so low - presumably because of the temperature (even though I had new gloves, a good hat and several layers of clothing on) that I'd passed out and collapsed onto my back on the snowy pavement!
Thank my lucky stars for the kindness of strangers. People bustled around me and while I couldn't focus on faces a workman spread his jacket over my legs as several policemen and woman called for the paramedics. They sat me first in the back of the police car until the ambulance arrived and I was gently carried onto a stretcher and into the ambulance, to be whisked away to the Kent & Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells.
Rachel, alerted by a phone call from me, beat us to the hospital as it's only a quick jog across the road from her office.
I was kept in for observation and a few tests into the early evening, but the upshot of it all was that I was generally okay and just needed to visit my GP to re-evaluate all the pill dosages I'm on. My neck has been rather stiff since the incident and the shock of it all has scrambled my memory and concentration just a bit more than it already was - but hopefully that'll calm down soon.
In retrospect, I realise that during the whole ordeal I wasn't scared, more frustrated and annoyed because I simply wanted to go home - it was the finale of Colditz that evening and I wanted to make sure I saw it!
From the time I eventually got home - early-evening Thursday until Saturday afternoon - I stayed glued to the sofa or curled up in bed, away from the computer (which means that when I finally got back here there were several score of emails to sift through and almost a thousand unread blogs in my Google Reader!)
I can't say yet what the lasting effects of this incident will be - although certainly not as dramatic as I was picturing in the hours following my fall (never going outside again; only going to get pictures for HeroPress - not doing that again; brain is totally scrambled - can't ever contemplate doing anything creative again etc) - but luckily I was already quite ahead of myself on HeroPress entries, so even if I need to take an extended rest it shouldn't upset the flow of content too much.
And just when I felt I was getting "into the zone" as well!
Just to make things a bit more upbeat, here's a link to Empire magazine's 12 Great Snow Scenes from the Movies...