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angelo
10-04-2008, 10:20 AM
Pr Capone's thread got me thinking.

How many have faced death or the possibility of dying.(by this I mean certain death without immediate medical attention)

1) Did it change your life


2) If it was due to risky behavior, do you still engage in said behavior.


3) Do you ever wish that you had died.

4) Did it change your beliefs (good question Laz, Yes I meant religious beliefs and or societal belief)


Curiously

Ang

milkman
10-04-2008, 10:22 AM
No, but I've seen Davis, Al on TV.

gblowfish
10-04-2008, 10:23 AM
Ive been a Chiefs/Royals/Mizzou fan for 45 years. I have faced death on a yearly basis.

JuicesFlowing
10-04-2008, 10:28 AM
On Sept. 9, 1996 I fell asleep at the wheel driving home from KC. My 1984 Pontiac Fiero ran straight into one of those huge electrical arrow signs (as the lane was narrowed to one lane with construction) ... I woke up going sideways in the median/ditch at 60 MPH. My seatbelt saved my life, or I'd have died.

PS Those arrow signs cost $5,000. Luckily I didn't have to pay for it.

Baconeater
10-04-2008, 10:28 AM
There's been a couple "incidents", although I have no idea how close to death I really was.

1) Did it change your life No

2) If it was due to risky behavior, do you still engage in said behavior. It wasn't

3) Do you ever wish that you had died. No, that's kind of a strange question

4) Did it change your beliefs No

Skip Towne
10-04-2008, 10:30 AM
No, but I've seen Davis, Al on TV.

Close enough.

notorious
10-04-2008, 10:34 AM
I had an engine failure on a Piper Lance north of Clarendon, Tx at about 1 a.m. in the morning after flying back from Florida. I landed about ten foot onto the end of the runway.
I got nervous but did what it took to get her down.

The next morning we took the cowling off to see why the engine blew. It had a silver dollar size hole blown out of the side of the engine block. That is when I found out how close I came to dying.

Yes, it did change my perspective on life a little bit.

Buehler445
10-04-2008, 10:43 AM
I haven't faced certain death before, but I've been kinda close.

I was mowing with a three section flexible mower behind a tractor on top of a dyke once. The weeds were tall and I couldn't tell that there was a ginormous dropoff there and the tractor would have rolled if one of the sections didn't catch on the dyke as it was going over. It stopped at less than a 45 degree angle. Pretty shitscared after that one.

Another time we were putting up wallboard on the ceiling of our shop and we were using the scoop of the loader on the tractor as a scaffolding, and one of the hydrolic hoses ruptured (first time anyone had ever seen that). Anyway, I went careening down onto the hood of the tractor with the loader coming down on me. It was happening in super slowmotion to me, so I managed to hear dad say, "Get off, Jeff" and rolled off. That would have been a bad deal.

The last time was when I was driving my parent's suburban back from town. (Mom needed one damn egg) I was turning off the highway onto the country road and stopped and waited for a car to pass. There was a car behind me that was slowing down because I was stopped. The semi behind him didnt realize there was a car coming and tried to pass. The car I was waiting on had to take the ditch, and when I started to turn, the truck obliterated the suburban. It hit the back 1/2 of the car, and spun my ass around. If it hits the middle or front of the car, I'm a goner.

1.) Change my life? Probably not much. I get a little antsy when I'm driving the tractor on a slope, but not too much. In each case I did recognize how close I was to harm or death and thank God regularly for it.

2.) Risky behavior? Depends on if you call farm work and driving risky. I still mow for my dad sometimes. The next week, I got back on that tractor to finish the roof. I was in prepare to JUMP position most of the time, but i got back up there.

3.) Wish I had died? NO.

4.) Change my beliefs? No.

Mr. Laz
10-04-2008, 10:44 AM
How many have faced death or the possibility of dying.(by this I mean certain death without immediate medical attention) yes, couple of times

1) Did it change your life - absolutely


2) If it was due to risky behavior, do you still engage in said behavior. - no


3) Do you ever wish that you had died. - yes

4) Did it change your beliefs - what kind of beliefs?

religious - no other - don't know

Fairplay
10-04-2008, 10:45 AM
In a way, yes.

One day a buddy called me and said he needed me to bring an extra tire i had that fit his car. As he had flat tire on the freeway (35 going through downtown KC area.)

So i get there. Barely any room for the car off the freeway. And the flat tire was on the front drivers side, facing the very busy of rush hours.

So we jack up the car and change the tire it must have been record time i have ever done that with cars wizzing by, you could feel your clothes rustle as the cars were inchs..maybe a couple feet away.

i was kept praying through it, saying "god. don't let anything happen..please..please.

Simba
10-04-2008, 10:47 AM
Let's see . . .
Dec '96, passenger in 4X4 which rolled on my side. Looked bad (lost a lot of blood), but in truth appearances were much worse than actual injuries.

9 days later, head on collision with a drunk driver. Both vehicles were totalled. Walked away from accident without even a scratch, although the drunken fools were seriously injured.

3 months later contracted a bad case of malaria. Once I went to the doctor he told me I'd be dead in 24 hours if the medication he gave me didn't work. He was upset that I had waited so long before I went to see him. Fortunately the medication worked.

I prayed for death during my bout with malaria. That was much worse than the dengue fever I had a year later.

Needless to say, that was a rough 4 months!

Fire Me Boy!
10-04-2008, 10:50 AM
Once, definitely... a second time, maybe.

The first time - Nov. 2, 1995. It was a misty morning on my mother's birthday, senior year in high school. I was headed to class around 7:30, not running late, and surprisingly, not speeding. Doing about 45 behind a guy in a 55 mph.

There was this spot on the way into town where you could see for a mile. I pulled out to pass the guy - got next to him and someone made a false start out of an intersection (it was an unmarked intersection). Scared me... I jerked the wheel to the right, then immediately realized the guy I was passing was still there... pulled back to the left and went into a ditch. I managed to pull the car back onto the road, but once back on the road, the car started hydroplaning sideways down the highway. At some point, my front wheels caught traction and the car went nose first into a 6-foot-deep ditch. Flipped the car end over end. On the second go round, my front left fender clipped the ground and the car rolled twice more.

I walked away with a small piece of glass in my head, a bruise on my chest and a few minor scratches. I had pieces of my car 100 yards away. Looking at the scene, my dad said he was afraid I was dead, even though he spoke with me on the phone just after the crash.




A second time... I was covering a story at Whiteman Air Force Base. I wasn't allowed on base, so I parked my car across Highway 23. Just as I got to the other side of the road, I heard what could only be described as an explosion. I turned around in time for a 4-wheeler ATV literally flew in front of my face.

The security guard on duty said a head-on collision occurred about 50 feet in front of me. A truck was involved, carrying the ATV, which was catapulted my way.

The only reason I count this as a close call is because I'm not certain how close the ATV came to hitting me, but I felt the wind it created against my face. The guard estimated within two feet.

chiefs1okie
10-04-2008, 11:13 AM
Dec. 15 2006. Died. Went to work that morning feeling a little tired, about noon started having trouble drawing a deep breath. In fact my chest felt like it was burning every time I tried to draw a deep breath. Had been tiling a kitchen floor for a buddy the night before so I just thought that maybe I had breathed in too much tile dust and was paying for it, never thought it was much much more seious than that. Long story short one of the guys later told me that my lips were turning color and I was extremely pale and told the owner of the dealership I needed to go to the hospital. I remember him coming in to my office and immediately had someone put me in a car and take me to the hospital. I didnt want to go.. just wanted to catch my breath.... anyway... we get to the hospital and literally ten seconds after I went in the emergency room, I fell on the floor. Dead. 100% blockage in a major artery and a couple others that were partially blocked. Doctor later told my family that I had been clinically dead for a little over two minutes... they broke three ribs and knocked out my front teeth during resucitation, and had burn marks all over my chest where they used the paddles.... told my wife that I had flatlined seven times while trying to revive me... had to life flight me to a hospital 70 miles away and told my wife and kids that I probably wouldnt make it ... anyway.... here I am.... I thank God every day that he put the people in the places he put them and that I was taken out of the decision process because I know I would not have voluntarily gone to the hospital.

yes it changed my life and how I view things
yes it brought me closer to God.

Fairplay
10-04-2008, 11:15 AM
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The only reason I count this as a close call is because I'm not certain how close the ATV came to hitting me, but I felt the wind it created against my face. The guard estimated within two feet.

That's 2 feet closer then pr_capones near death he had the other day. :eek:

Seriously though i think we have angels watching out for us from time to time.

KCUnited
10-04-2008, 11:46 AM
Catastrophic auto accident. I compound fractured my right femur, shattered my kneecap, tore all 4 ligaments, fractured my right tibia (shin), fractured my right humeros (upper arm), shattered my left wrist, fractured my pelvis in 3 places, and lacerated my kidney and liver.

I spent 2 years of my life learning how to walk again and during my physical therapy I would pray for death in my sleep because I was afraid of the horror that awaited when I woke.

I'm a much better person, friend, and family member now than I was before.

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evolve27
10-04-2008, 12:20 PM
Pr Capone's thread got me thinking.



That's where the problem lies:).

Len Dawson Fan
10-04-2008, 12:26 PM
On Sept. 9, 1996 I fell asleep at the wheel driving home from KC. My 1984 Pontiac Fiero ran straight into one of those huge electrical arrow signs (as the lane was narrowed to one lane with construction) ... I woke up going sideways in the median/ditch at 60 MPH. My seatbelt saved my life, or I'd have died.

PS Those arrow signs cost $5,000. Luckily I didn't have to pay for it.

They should have thrown you into the slammer for being so stupid. You should have coughed up $5K for fucking over the taxpayers.

If I had a time machine, I would go back to your crash scene and hit you with a shovel repeatedly just to finish you off.

Bob Dole
10-04-2008, 12:28 PM
Looks like Marlboro Chief's mom let him back on the computer this weekend.

JuicesFlowing
10-04-2008, 12:34 PM
They should have thrown you into the slammer for being so stupid. You should have coughed up $5K for f***ing over the taxpayers.

If I had a time machine, I would go back to your crash scene and hit you with a shovel repeatedly just to finish you off.

Wow. Thank you.

*edit You are right. Money IS more important than life. I sometimes forget that.

Baconeater
10-04-2008, 12:39 PM
Heh, that only took two minutes, Bob Dole is on top of his game today.

Simply Red
10-04-2008, 12:47 PM
Looks like Marlboro Chief's mom let him back on the computer this weekend.

ROFL

Fairplay
10-04-2008, 12:48 PM
Heh, that only took two minutes, Bob Dole is on top of his game today.



I like that fast, take care of business (or trash in this case), gestapo type tactics by the Mods.

Frazod
10-04-2008, 12:54 PM
I've been married.

Twice.

burt
10-04-2008, 01:03 PM
How many have faced death or the possibility of dying.(by this I mean certain death without immediate medical attention)

1) Did it change your life ABSOLUTELY

2) If it was due to risky behavior, do you still engage in said behavior. ENGAGED IN IT, THEN MARRIED IT


3) Do you ever wish that you had died. OFTEN

4) Did it change your beliefs (good question Laz, Yes I meant religious beliefs and or societal belief) I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE. OH AND I BELIEVE I WILL GET DRUNK TONIGHT

angelo
10-04-2008, 01:27 PM
That's where the problem lies:).

Yes, I am now spent for the day.

I did take some advil and may have to stay at a holiday inn express to recuperate.

Ang

Iowanian
10-04-2008, 02:01 PM
I've felt death breath in my face 3 times.

The 2nd event changed my life the most.

Herzig
10-04-2008, 02:18 PM
When I was 21, I had a head on collision in Little Rock in 1992....not wearing a seat belt. I smashed the wind shield out with my head. In anticipation of the crash, I gripped the steering wheel very tightly, which probably prevented me from going thru the windshield. The crash totaled both cars....it was my fault. I still have a piece of glass in my neck from the crash. Had to have an angiogram to make sure I didn't cut any major arteries. However, I wasn't seriously hurt.

I always wear my seat belt now. It did make me more cautious.

Guru
10-04-2008, 02:42 PM
I wonder how many have just missed death and didn't even know it. Everytime you get in a car you take your life in your hands.

JASONSAUTO
10-04-2008, 02:42 PM
Dec. 15 2006. Died. Went to work that morning feeling a little tired, about noon started having trouble drawing a deep breath. In fact my chest felt like it was burning every time I tried to draw a deep breath. Had been tiling a kitchen floor for a buddy the night before so I just thought that maybe I had breathed in too much tile dust and was paying for it, never thought it was much much more seious than that. Long story short one of the guys later told me that my lips were turning color and I was extremely pale and told the owner of the dealership I needed to go to the hospital. I remember him coming in to my office and immediately had someone put me in a car and take me to the hospital. I didnt want to go.. just wanted to catch my breath.... anyway... we get to the hospital and literally ten seconds after I went in the emergency room, I fell on the floor. Dead. 100% blockage in a major artery and a couple others that were partially blocked. Doctor later told my family that I had been clinically dead for a little over two minutes... they broke three ribs and knocked out my front teeth during resucitation, and had burn marks all over my chest where they used the paddles.... told my wife that I had flatlined seven times while trying to revive me... had to life flight me to a hospital 70 miles away and told my wife and kids that I probably wouldnt make it ... anyway.... here I am.... I thank God every day that he put the people in the places he put them and that I was taken out of the decision process because I know I would not have voluntarily gone to the hospital.

yes it changed my life and how I view things
yes it brought me closer to God.
sorry to hear this, must have been a VERY traumatic experience for both you and your family. i worry about this problem down the road myself, with the types of food that i enjoy.

Baby Lee
10-04-2008, 02:56 PM
Two instances of outright stupidity, with no consequences whatsoever.

First, in marksman classes at boy scout camp, I got a 'dud' and I stupidly opened the breech and peered at the round, then I recocked it, and the round went off into the target.

Second, was mowing the yard at a prior house, the front yard was one of those high ground layouts with a 10" wall separating where the driveway/garage went down and the steps to the front door went up. I was on my riding mower and was just about to turn down alongside the steps when the clutch slipped. I popped up on the sidewalk, and was about to power over the wall when I got the clutch disengaged with one foot, while stopping the mower by planting the other foot of the ground, with a full set of engaged blades whirring between my legs. IIRC, one of the front tires might've made it to the top of the wall.

rtmike
10-04-2008, 03:02 PM
Easier for me to quote a previous thread on this. Has it changed me? Well I live life to the fullest now even with not being able to walk, actually I always have. So maybe the first instance did it. I still race my car and any kind of slope I let my chair free wheel. Things like that.

My daughter started catechism and I'm hoping it helps to get me back. After what's happened to me He's left me here for a reason.


Back when I still lived in Western Kansas we were out at Wilson Lake for Labor Day weekend. My three wheeler was there for everyone to ride. A couple guys came back from riding it and said they were chased so we sent the state wrestling champ over there. Several minutes went by so we piled in a car to go over and check. They were scrapping when we showed up. My buddy (the driver) gets out and I'm in the back seat. As I'm getting out he falls back into me. The dude stabbed him in the jugular, died on the spot.

A bunch of us are yarding on a dead tree branch in a tree to make a fire at a park along Big Creek in Hays. It came down and smacked me square in the nose. My nose was down on my lip and it was a compound break, concussion.

Fast forward 14-15 years. We were building an addition on the Portland Airport Parking Structure setting a bunch of steel. I heard someone screaming it's coming down and looked up and seen the connectors running in mid air and the 4 stories of iron all coming down. It killed all 3 of the iron workers and landed up against the crane. I was the crane oiler and had just crawled out from underneath the rear of the crane where the iron landed.

At the coast riding in the sand dunes Turkey Day '03, my buddy sprays me with sand so I'm off chasing him. The wind was blowing and a storm was rolling in so my goggles were covered in sand. I followed him off a 40' widow's peak and my Banshee caught the back of his Polaris ripping the handlebars out of my hands causing me to face plant on the bike. I was wearing all my gear but broke my back shoving a piece of spine shaped like an arrowhead into my spinal cord, paralyzed from the waist down.

June of last year (06), 2 strokes and 5 days in a coma.

I've left out several other (minor) occurrences. I can hardly wait for what's next.

Braincase
10-04-2008, 03:02 PM
I commute from Lawrence to KC on K-10. I face death daily.

chiefs1okie
10-04-2008, 05:57 PM
sorry to hear this, must have been a VERY traumatic experience for both you and your family. i worry about this problem down the road myself, with the types of food that i enjoy.

It was. I have been shot once, stabbed once, in a serious auto collision, and none of those incidents put the fear, so to speak, in me like that heart attack did. When they were loading me on the life-flight to Tulsa the doctors apparantly told my wife to prepare my kids that I probably would not survive the flight... then (my family) watched as the copter started up and came back down twice.. was told later I kept flatlining and the E.M.T.'S (God bless them) were trying to stabilize me for the flight.... and then they had to drive an hour to the hospital expecting to be told I died before they got there. Staying on topic the short answer is yes I have died and lived to tell about it. Thank you Jesus.

Iowanian
10-04-2008, 07:33 PM
This is a good thread to ask....

Has anyone(willing to talk about it) seen the light? Near death experiences et al?

Buehler445
10-04-2008, 07:34 PM
It was. I have been shot once, stabbed once, in a serious auto collision, and none of those incidents put the fear, so to speak, in me like that heart attack did. When they were loading me on the life-flight to Tulsa the doctors apparantly told my wife to prepare my kids that I probably would not survive the flight... then (my family) watched as the copter started up and came back down twice.. was told later I kept flatlining and the E.M.T.'S (God bless them) were trying to stabilize me for the flight.... and then they had to drive an hour to the hospital expecting to be told I died before they got there. Staying on topic the short answer is yes I have died and lived to tell about it. Thank you Jesus.


Holy fuck dude.

rtmike
10-04-2008, 08:27 PM
This is a good thread to ask....

Has anyone(willing to talk about it) seen the light? Near death experiences et al?

They said when I was sleeping that when my little brother would start talking to me that my heart rate would start escalating so they'd tell him to shut up, lol. When I woke I didn't know he, my sis & Mom were here from Tx.

On occasion I hear something, or is it the sound that reminds me of my comatose dayz. Surroundings are real loud and up close is normal. Hard to explain. Never seen any light or should I say remember it. Hell when I woke up I was surprised I couldn't wiggle my toes and swore to the Doctor that I could before.

Just a couple areas of my brain are dead, no really. I tell my wife everybody has those, they just don't realize it. :D

jidar
10-04-2008, 09:30 PM
Yes. I faced Death and I Laughed. He's actually got a pretty good stand-up routine.