This was my version of a panic attack. Fear of pain, leading to pain and more fear until my mind was hijacked by my own emotions, my autonomic nervous system, and an almost irresistible urge to Fight or Flight!
The cool stream of a conscious deep breath could have created a space, and a bit of time to slow down and let the adrenalin that had flooded my brain drain away.
I don’t think I remembered to breathe my way through my panic on the day that I did this drawing, but in reflecting on it afterwards, I was able to create a plan for next time. That plan has been a tremendous help over the years.