Story: "I need to protect myself from the people who should help me"

I woke up last summer with particularly bad palpitations and a fast heart. I was also dizzy and feeling that I may pass out. I phoned the GP and they made me an appointment later that day. As the morning went on I realised I was too ill to get there. Moving at all made my heart pound and the room spin. It shouldn’t need saying but it probably does that at this point I was a picture of calm and serenity. Far from being in a panic, I was breathing really slowly and deeply to try to slow my heart.

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