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How Close Have You Come To Dying?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Caustic Crunch, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Caustic Crunch

    Caustic Crunch

    Oct 26, 2013
    I was inspired to start this thread from the "How does it feel to be alive" thread.

    How many of you have seen the pearly gates, or have come close?
    I have a friend who was clinically dead for a few minutes.

    Me, I was almost struck and killed by a train.
    If this thread gains any interest, I'll tell my story.


    And for all of you who are in ill health and making the best of it, I salute you from the depths of my heart.

  2. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    ^oddly enough, I was almost struck by a train too. :eek:
  3. Took off from a green light in the far right lane of Beach Blvd, wondering why everyone else was hesitating to drive. A truck about the size of an F250 sped across the intersection, mere inches away from my own car. I was milliseconds from a certain death, or at least life-altering injury. When I got to the other side of the intersection, I pulled over for a couple minutes to collect myself
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Every time I climb on my motorcycle and pull out on a public street.
  5. rip tide got me and like 20 other people in Daytona beach when i was like 16. you read about what to do in case of them, but it takes a few minutes to collect yourself when you've never experienced one before and are only at the beach once every year or so. fought it for a few minutes then remembered and started swimming parallel. by that time lifeguards were there...
  6. Caustic Crunch

    Caustic Crunch

    Oct 26, 2013
    Amen, brother.
    What do you ride?
  7. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Waiting to make a left turn when I saw the cement truck in my mirror. He rear ended me doing 40 (no brakes, fully loaded) went right over me and came to a stop 100 yds away. My car did like a tiddlywink, came down and totalled another car going through the intersection. I had filled the gas tank earlier in the day too. I pulled myself up through the open window which was now kinda over my head. This freaked out the people who were there, nobody expected me to jump out alive. The only part of the car that was not pancaked was the drivers half of the bench seat.
    When I feel down I like to think there was a reason I was not snuffed. I was only 18.

    The good news! With the insurance settlement I went right out an bought a brand new Bicentennial T Bird.
  8. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    1. About thirty years ago, I was in a helicopter with some friends. We were hovering at 3,000 feet. I was sitting in the back, leaning against the door turning towards someone, when the door popped open. I fell backwards and caught the door handle. I had my seatbelt on, but I was too far out of the helicopter and off balance to pull myself in. Someone else in the helicopter grabbed me and pulled me in.

    2. I was out bombing arounds with a couple of guys in small Honda Odyssey atv/dune buggies, up in northern Quebec in a very sandy area. Lots of people owned these things up there for transportation and having fun n the miles of trails. One Sunday while out having fun, I got onto a trail I had never been on. I was in the lead. We came to spot that looked like it was leading to a nice steep hill run off. At the very last second, I stopped and thought I would look at it first before going down blindly. I walked to the edge and there was a one hundred foot vertical drop onto a rocky beach.

    3. Last Feb 1st, I was diagnosed with inoperable stage four pancreatic cancer and told I didn't have long to live. Twelve months later, I am virtually cancer free.
  9. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    January 1993: I was traveling alone in a heavy snowstorm on I-80 over Donner Pass in Northern California. A big rig jacked knifed on a down hill slope. I narrowly avoided a direct hit, glancing off it and bouncing off unhurt into the snow bank. Three people traveling to Reno from Sacramento were not so fortunate. They struck the Semi straight on and then were t-boned by a tow truck. All 3 (2 guys and a girl) died on the scene. It could have very easily been me. Every time I pass that spot to this day, I relive it.
  10. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    When I was 5 years old, I had pneumonia and whooping cough together and was not expected to make it. I ended up in the hospital for 6 weeks and pulled through.
  11. I had a near miss in my Cessna when the control tower cleared two planes coming from opposite directions to land on the same runway and I didn't catch it. Luckily the other plane spotted me and was in a much faster plane (cub I think) and maneuvered up and away. I didn't spot him until he took evasive action.
  12. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    I almost didn't make it past birth: My umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck. The doc was quick to get that resolved, but I have rare blood (B-), and as a result I had severe jaundice which required a partial transfusion so that my liver wouldn't shut down. Between the hospital and my mom(!) calling around, they found my blood type and the transfusion was done. After nearly a week under the bilirubin light, I was allowed to go home.
  13. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    You wouldn't believe me if I told you.

    Very close, very many times.
  14. When I was 14, I was t-boned by a Jeep while on my motorcycle. I don't remember much before and after the accident (I wasn't wearing a helmet) but I ended up with a smashed patella (which will need replaced soon), an open left tibia/fibula fracture, a right broken radius and humerus, concussion, and some broken ribs. I have some lingering brain "issues;" at least, that's my excuse for certain traits. ;)

    Twenty-seven years later and I haven't ridden since.
  15. I used to do a fair amount of alpine climbing here in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. My first real fall was nearly my last. I was six to eight feet above my last point of protection, had a momentary lapse of concentration and fell off a layback move. As I started pitching downward head first I can remember thinking "OK, the rope is going to stop me soon." When it finally did my helmet struck a ledge with just enough force to break the suspension and lacerate my scalp.

    I briefly lost consciousness and came to hanging upside down looking at my own blood. Had I fallen from even six inches higher I would surely have broken my neck and/or smashed my skull. I don't do that much any more.
  16. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    Flat lined on the operating table in 1976 with Sodium Pentathol.
  17. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    About two years ago I was driving home on I-40 when a semi came into my lane and forced me to go off the road. My SUV apparently flipped 7-8 times according to one witness. I had a small concussion, but I was able to jump out of the vehicle within a few seconds of coming to a halt. Everyone who came over to help me was unable to believe I was up and walking around, and even the EMTs who responded to my call said they thought I was going to be DOS by the report they got on the accident. I ended up walking away only needing some stitches on my left arm and knee.

    I actually think I have a photo of my wrecked SUV somewhere on my computer. I'll see if I can dig it up after work.
  18. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    I got hit by a car, dartboarded the windscreen. that could have gone worse. Also things like drunken tightrope balancing on railings 6 floors up, silly boy. Nothing too bad though.
  19. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    As a child, I was working with my pop one day on the family car. He'd make a few changes, then we'd go out for a test ride to check his work. At the end, he had me stay home for his last test drive. On the way home from his test drive, the brakes went out in the car, he hit a tree head on, split his head open on the steering wheel, and nearly died himself. I suspect I would not have survived if I had joined him on that test drive.

    It gives me shivers just thinking about, and every time I drive past the tree.

  20. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I used to rock climb a lot and was always one instance of inattention, act of god, or oopsie away from the great gig in the sky.

    Having said that, you are never more alive than when on the threshold of death.