When Strangers Judge Me For Sitting Down In A Random Place

 

 

I have a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Like many chronic illnesses, this causes widespread pain. It also brings along its co-morbid friends, like postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS is a disturbance in your autonomic system, causing symptoms such as: dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, fast heart rate, low blood pressure, nausea, anxiety, blurred vision, exercise intolerance and fainting. Heat also exacerbates my symptoms. While it mainly occurs when changing positions (laying to sitting, sitting to standing, etc.) I have found my POTS strikes whenever it likes.

When I feel a POTS episode starting, my immediate reaction is to sit down so I don’t faint and fall over. I try to find a chair, a bench, or another piece of “appropriate” furniture. But, as my POTS is not considerate as to where I am at that time, I am known to randomly sit wherever I am. Middle of the kitchen floor, the shower, a parking lot, a shopping mall.

 

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