When I arrived at the Commerce Street Office, while walking through the
hallway, I noticed that the attorneys in the office next door were remodeling
their office. It appeared that some wallpapering was being done. In the
process, they had pushed the wall of their office out into the hallway, so
that I couldn't get into the door of my Office. Instead, I squeezed through
the door of the neighboring lawyers' office, thinking I could go through their
office and through the conference room to my Office.
On the way I met one of the neighboring attorneys. He was friendly and asked me if I had
keys to the new doors. He also mentioned something about parking lot keys. I
told him I didn't have the keys. As he looked for the keys, I headed towards the
conference room, where I saw several people sitting. I noticed that
I quickly learned that Wheat's assistant, a man, had
quit. I thought that was strange, because I had just been with the man the
night before. I asked why the man had had quit, and Melanie said something
about his having wanted to get more experience. I thought to myself that people
were quitting because Wheat wasn't spending enough time with them, training
them. They wanted to get more experience someplace else. I also thought they
were quitting because Wheat wasn't paying them enough. Wheat had only been paying
the fellow $5 an hour. I told Melanie that if people continued to quit, it was
just going to cost them more money to retain them. If they didn't pay their
employees well, it would end up costing them more in the long run.
Melanie and I started to walk from the conference room toward our Office. I
was only wearing a tee shirt, but I suddenly began feeling very hot, as if I
were sick. Melanie was right next to me, and I asked her if she could feel my
arm, to see if I was hot. I felt as if I were burning up.
Just as she grabbed my arm, I suddenly felt very dizzy, as
if I was going to fall over. I thought to myself that I had never fainted in my
life, but that I was going to now. I fell over to the floor, pulling Melanie
down with me. She fell down right down next to me. As I fell, I was still
basically aware of what was going on around me, but I couldn't control myself.
I hoped Wheat wouldn't think anything strange was going on between Melanie and
me Melanie because she was lying beside me. If he did, there was nothing I
could do about it.
I was lying on my side, with my legs bent up. One arm was between my legs. The
other arm was under my head. I was aware of what was going on, but I couldn't do
anything about it. As I lay on my side, I could hear people discussing
whether an ambulance should be called. I tried to talk. I was trying to say,
"I'm ok," but the words wouldn't come out. I just made a mumbling sound.
I thought I would soon be all right. But suddenly I thought there was a severe
pain in my left side, even though I couldn't feel it. I screamed at the top of
my lungs. I couldn't actually hear the scream, but I knew that sound was coming
out. I thought now they were going to have call an ambulance. I really didn't
want an ambulance, but thought now it was going to be necessary. I felt a pain
in my left side.