Post share with permission by Dena Piquette-Garcia. Post originally posted on Dena’s Facebook page.
Stronger 2 Gether
“I was in the ladies room at the conference and making small talk with the girl at the sink next to me. She did not seem to be registering what I was saying. She had a strange look on her face, her eyes were a little glassy and she was looking right through me. She grabbed and held on to the counter and dropped her head and suddenly I knew what was happening.
She was going to faint.
I have done this so many times with Kylee that I grabbed her and held her up and quickly got her into the hallway for air and so I could have her sit on the floor with her back supported by the wall. It felt like a surreal slow motion weird deja vu/dream as we passed Dr. Claire Francomano in the ladies room line.
This girl looked around 16 or so, was crying and trying to catch her breath. I fanned her and asked her questions but she couldn’t answer me. She could only nod yes that she had POTS, when I asked. I looked at her name tag and saw the name Tiffany. Someone got a wet paper towel and I put it on the back of her neck and forehead. I told her she was going to be alright and that I was going to help her through this. I told her my daughter also faints from POTS. I told someone to make an announcement in the conference room and find her Mom while I continued to tell her she was going to be alright.
Some responders were going by right then with another person on a stretcher who collapsed from POTS and some stopped to help. Her Mom came down the hall and I backed off from the situation so the responders and Mom’s could handle it. I handed the Mom a paper with my name and number so she could contact me later and I could tell her what happened. She took one look at the paper and said “YOU are Dena?” I said yes and she said “I’m Sherri and this is my daughter Tiffany.” I couldn’t believe it!!! I had spoken to this lady so many times on FB about her daughter and about Kylee. We became FB friends and then she & Tiffany sent Kylee a stuffed animal zebra when we were at the Ronald McD House to encourage her and let her know they were thinking of her!
And here we were face to face and I had just recognized familiar symptoms and helped her daughter.
It all happened so fast that I didn’t get to hug her or anything (tomorrow Sherri!). But as I walked away I got a little teary… So hard to see others go through the very things we have been through but it felt… I cannot put words to it… Just that I was meant to be there right at that very moment for that girl. I was overwhelmed with emotion for a minute there.