Sometimes, when we're in a panic, we do or say things that we later come to regret. Often we then find ourselves backed into a corner by those statements or actions and are faced with what seem like insurmountable challenges to finding a way back to sanity, dignity, or logic without suffering shame, public humiliation, professional or personal damage.
We face a choice. Grit our teeth, gut it out and walk through the penalty phase - or we can double down and try and drive through at full stupid.
I've usually found that the first option has fewer penalties in the long term, no matter how unpleasant in the short term.