1 November 2014

Lifestyle | I Had My Drink Spiked

This is not a post I thought I would ever write or a sentence I thought I would ever say, it's one of those things that always happens to somebody else and never you, as you read this you'll probably think "that sounds terrible...but it could never happen to me..." but it could. If it can happen to me then it really can happen to anyone and that's why I'm writing this post.

I can't get into too much detail at this stage but I had my drink spiked this week and I can honestly say it was the most terrifying experience of my life. Thankfully I was with a close group of friends and my boyfriend who knew something was wrong and called an ambulance and then sat with me in A&E for the best part of 4 hours whilst I drifted in an out of consciousness, vomited until I could vomit no more (including over him - lovely) and looked like halloween come early. 

I am always super careful with my drinks: I watch them being poured, I don't accept drinks from strangers and they never leave my sight so if somebody can put something in my drink they can sure as hell do it to anybody. Without getting into too much detail, my friend bought us a drink each, I took one and she the other - hers was fine, mine wasn't so it really was a complete 50/50 chance. 

Thankfully I managed to escape with wounded pride (nobody wants their partner to see them in that state) and a smashed iPhone but it could have been so much worse and that doesn't even bear thinking about. If you've had your drink spiked or think you have, please, I urge you, go to the police. Don't feel like you won't be taken seriously or that they will assume you've just overstepped your drinking boundaries and had "one too many, silly girl" because they won't. It is so important that you report it and hopefully stop it happening again to somebody else. I was lucky but the next person might not be, the one before might not have been. 

This page here on the NHS website can help and I urge you to seek help if you need to. Please speak to someone if you've been affected by having your drink spiked. The thought of what could have happened makes me feel physically sick and utterly furious. I am now at a stage where I don't know if I feel like I can be in that sort of social situation again because I feel like I can't trust anyone and that is a horrible feeling to have. I hope it will pass in time but knowing that it happened even when I am so vigilant terrifies me.

I know this is a ramble and it's something very serious to come back with after such a long break but I want this to reach as many of you as possible. Normal service will resume shortly I'm sure. I had so many plans to sit down and blog this week, now I want to retreat into my shell for a little while. I will return from hibernation soon!

Please, stay safe.

Vicky x
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