I was in the home stretch of a 30 day SQF on-site project in Virginia USA - the last day all I had to do was proof everything, go to the printer, bind it all up and go over the details with the client... and then 2 days more and I should have been flying home!
Well, it is 10 days later and I am still in VA - in the early morning hours of Friday the 4th, I got up around 12:30am to get some water.
Walked into the hotel room kitchen and that was the last I remember, I passed out due to an apparent issue with the HVAC unit leaking a gas into the room and on the way down to the floor I hit the side of my head creating a concussion and whacked the side of my mouth on one of the pull drawer knobs.
It would be 4 hours passed out on the floor until I awoke and I could not stand up and of course the hotel phone is up on desk out of reach.
Dazed to say the least I was able to pull the bedding down and off of it fell my cell phone that I used after several attempts to call the front desk and have them call the paramedics.
In the hospital they could not determine what was causing my ck level to be in the danger zone of 47,000.
It would be my wife that figured it out (she's bio-med) --- the HVAC unit was emiting amonina that causes people to pass out and also has an impact on CK in people, the CK release however was caused in part of that but also by trauma in falling and hitting a hard wood floor.
7 days in intensive step down and now needing Chiropractic help to fully be able to restore my walking - it is pretty much baby steps right now with a smattering of back pain tossed in.
Why write this - for those of you that stay in hotels, I always thought it wise to check the vents on HVAC s for mold and dust - never did I think that modern day units would still be using the older R units that had amonina in them... beware they are out there - even in nice Marriott hotels.
So, here I sit - need wheelchair transport on Tuesday to a chiroprator who I beleive will help greatly, I am overdue heading home and miss my family.