Getting Trapped In A Train Door and Adrenal Crisis

This week I had an accident which sent me into the start of an Adrenal Crisis. I was on a Virgin train which was traveling from London to Manchester Piccadilly and when the incident happened and it sure gave me a shock.

train door

So I had been to London, my first journey by myself in 3 and a half years. The whole Journey went great until it was time to get off the train.

The train was pretty busy so I decided to stand up and walk to the end of the carriage, (Carriage F) so I could get off the train before everyone else started blocking the Isles.

I walked down to the end and the door between the carriage and exit was open. There was a woman and a man standing in front of the door, waiting ready to get off the train. By this time we had stopped and the train was ready to disembark.

As I walked through the inside door of the train, It suddenly began to close on me. In a panic, I tried to stop the door closing and the woman hit the open button on the door but the door closed and hit be in the stomach pretty bad.

I was a little taken aback by what happened. It was unexpected and really did hurt my tummy. The door eventually opened but I was in shock and in pain and feeling a little confused. The woman standing next to me said, “That’s strange, I don’t know why that happened” and she got off the train.

The main train doors to the platform had opened and I also got off the train and feeling a little dazed started to walk to the entrance. I suddenly felt unwell and a little dizzy. I decided to speak to the staff standing on the platform and told them what had happened.

My stomach had gone bright red and looked a little bruised. I then got dizzy and realised I was going into an adrenal episode being someone with Adrenal Insufficiency. I was taken to sit down and got out my adrenal pump. I gave myself an emergency dose of medication and sat for five minutes as my body began to recover. I then changed the settings on my adrenal pump to double dose to help me get through.

The staff member talking to me suggested I see the first aid team and said I was looking very pale. After five minutes my face had apparently got colour back into it and I was able to walk so I was taken to the Virgin First Class suite.

In the suite, I sat on a sofa, had a drink and a staff member filled out a incident report. I was told by a female that I was not the first to get trapped in a train door and wouldn’t be the last. As if that would make me feel better.

I was still a bit confused but had perked up a bit and was told I could remain in the room until my next train. I rang my husband to tell him what had happened and after a good hour I went to catch my next train, still a little dizzy.

Looking back at the incident in hindsight I was in shock and told the staff I had a illness called Adrenal Insufficiency. I don’t think they had heard of the condition and although there had been talk about seeing a first aid team, no one actually took me to be treated. No one actually got me medical help, they were more concerned about filling an incident report.

I was lucky I was able to bolus my medication and treat myself but in hindsight I am a little disappointed the staff did not actually take me to be seen, or for my stomach to be checked.

I felt unwell for the rest of the evening and the next day I had to go to my Doctor for an emergency appointment because my stomach has gone really red and swollen. The Doctor prescribed antibiotics “in case my stomach” is infected. That really didn’t make sense but it was not my usual doctor.

I was told if my stomach is still red and sore in a few days to come back to the doctor. John gave me a heat pack to place on my tummy but it’s really quite sore and painful to touch at the moment. I’m glad I did not have a full on crisis but I am thinking of writing to Virgin Trains to make them aware of Adrenal Insufficiency and make sure this is covered in training. I’m sure they are trained to help a diabetic but clearly they had no idea about my condition and as a result I was not given medical attention.

Anyway, the good news is I’m at home and not in hospital and a little bruised and swollen. However this just goes to show how important it is to wear medic alert bands and to have medication on us for unexpected emergencies.

This also highlights the importance of raising awareness for Adrenal Insufficiency, something I feel is not understood enough in every day life.

Angela x