The Wedgwood Weave

Did I ever write about the time I passed out at work?  No, I don’t think so.  It was a long time ago, either 2006 or 2007.  One morning, I was standing outside a counterpart’s cubicle and she was talking on and on about a project we were working on.  I felt light-headed and I may have said “I think I’m going to pass out.”  I don’t remember anything that immediately followed.  Fortunately, there was a doctor in the house, although he was an orthopedic surgeon.  Nevertheless, what I’ve been told is that I was guided to a chair and I was “out” for a few seconds.  I did not lose bowel or bladder control.

The office director called 9-1-1 (standard protocol) and I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of a local hospital.  One of the nurses from my office went with me, kind soul.  I was discharged with a preliminary diagnosis of “syncope.”  I did not return to work that day.

Following this incident, I had the usual “workup” after such an event which included a “tilt table test.”  The results of this test confirmed my “fainting spell” had most likely been a “vasovagal response.” 

It’s never happened again, in spite of the fact that I sometimes work hammer and tong on projects early in the morning and late at night.

Maybe I just had the vapors.

That’s the musical group, The Vapors, a British power pop band; they were musical “cousins” to The Jam.

Speaking of power pop, I’m writing a feature on Museum L/A’s latest exhibition called “Covering the Nation:  The Art of the Bates Bedspread.”  If you’re anywhere near Lewiston, Maine from now until April, 2017, you should visit the museum and view this marvelous display of American ingenuity and creativity.  Guest-curated by textile historian Jacqueline Field, it features pristine examples of five of the former Bates Manufacturing’s major fabrications, including this beautiful 1962 matelasse bedspread called “Wedgwood Cameo.”


I got a little light-headed when I was walking through the exhibit with the museum’s executive director.  Her father had worked in the mill for most of his life and she had an appreciation for the work and the workers who had once toiled in the long-gone textile plant.  The selections on display live on as a testament to quality and beauty.  And not only can you still buy original Bates bedspreads on Etsy and eBay, you can buy new creations crafted by Maine Heritage Weavers in the Bates tradition.

You’ll have to read my feature once it’s published.  I’ve got to finish it first, though, and make my way through this pile of notes and recordings and bedspreads.  Handy says he’s making dinner tonight, Chicken a la King or some such old timey dinner that’s perfect for keeping me focused on the past.

Powering through!

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