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Posted: 8/10/2011 5:02:25 PM EDT
A moment where you thought that was it for you?
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:05:35 PM EDT
Took a 45 in the shin, and been shot at several times. Thought for a second that it was my time, but turned out to be theirs.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:07:04 PM EDT



Originally Posted By LTBeas:


Took a 45 in the shin, and been shot at several times. Thought for a second that it was my time, but turned out to be theirs.


That's gotta hurt! Rehab?



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:07:39 PM EDT
Stepped about an inch away from a large landmine. Been shot at numerous times.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:07:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:10:13 PM EDT by CWO]
Six times.





1.  Skied over a huge cliff.  Ended up with a leg broken in two places and other miscellaneous injuries.


2.  Missed dying under the wheels of a German streetcar in Heidelberg by about < 2 inches. Really close.  


3.  I have been in two really big explosions.  Flew through the air in both.  Very bad juju.


4.  Had a very close call free climbing a sheer wall.

5. Wrestled a guy for control of a pistol after he shot another guy.  An exceptionally stupid move on my part - but I thought he was going to shoot a nearby woman who was screaming.  (Footnote: getting control of a pistol is much, much, much harder than you can imagine).

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:07:59 PM EDT
When in the Navy doing beach landings on a landingcraft, a wave broached the boat and I was thrown out the side.  I saw the boat coming down on me, all 8 tons of it, and figured that was it.

No panic or life re-live or anythng like that, just a moment of peace and hope it went quick.

Another wave righted the boat and I was free to live another day.

It is something I will never forget and think about once in a while.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:08:16 PM EDT
Yep - more than once.  I am used to it now.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:08:22 PM EDT
Nope, I took the lead out with a rusty old pocket knife, and used it as gum.







I cried like a bitch, and yes it took some rehabilitation, but not much.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:08:39 PM EDT
My parents were going to chuck me out into the wheelie bin on account of how ugly I am.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:09:13 PM EDT
When I was 11 or 12, my family was doing a controlled burn on our land.  Dry woods, sudden winds, and it wasn't very controlled anymore.  I wound up in the middle of it choking on the smoke.  If my brother (maybe 14 at the time) hadn't found me I don't know what would have happened.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:09:58 PM EDT
I've been kicked in the head by a cow, breathed in toxic chemicals that cause me to not be able to breath for a minute or so, and I've been set on fire.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:10:05 PM EDT




Originally Posted By TheCanuck:

A moment where you thought that was it for you?




Fuck...I'm pushin' 60....I've had a number of them.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:10:46 PM EDT
Septic shock is a bitch.

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:13:18 PM EDT



Originally Posted By CWO:


Six times.



1.  Skied over a huge cliff.  Ended up with a leg broken in two places and other miscellaneous injuries.

2.  Missed dying under the wheels of a German streetcar in Heidelberg by about < 2 inches. Really close.  

3.  I have been in two really big explosions.  Flew through the air in both.  Very bad juju.

4.  Had a very close call free climbing a sheer wall.

5. Wrestled a guy for control of a pistol after he shot another guy.  An exceptionally stupid move on my part - but I thought he was going to shoot a nearby woman who was screaming.  (Footnote: getting control of a pistol is much, much, much harder than you can imagine).

Remind me not to hang out with you



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:14:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:15:11 PM EDT by uxb]
17-hour running firefight in Central America.  Out-numbered, out-gunned, bad weather prevented CAS or extraction.  

It was literally "run for the border".
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:14:50 PM EDT



Originally Posted By LTBeas:


Nope, I took the lead out with a rusty old pocket knife, and used it as gum.
I cried like a bitch, and yes it took some rehabilitation, but not much.


Next time say something like "Tis but a flesh wound"



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:15:40 PM EDT
shot twice stabbed once, shot at more time then I can remeber, drowned once, and blown out of a building on fire, drove into a whiteout rain storm at 175 mph
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:16:05 PM EDT



Originally Posted By uxb:


17-hour running firefight in Central America.  Out-numbered, out-gunned, bad weather prevented CAS or extraction.  



It was literally "run for the border".


Panama?



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:16:36 PM EDT
Electrocuted, been through 2 windshields in car accidents(seatbelt broke both times), 13 rolls in a humvee, hit by a metro bus, figure 8 broke on a rappel tower(free fall is not a fun thing,) and the coup de gras, shot twice.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:17:32 PM EDT
Had the hood of a Berretta (car) come close to taking my head off. Another 5 MPH or so and it would have.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:19:52 PM EDT
My first parachute malfunction.

Probably the closest I ever came to dyin', but the thought never crossed my mind while it was happening.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:19:58 PM EDT
Yeah a couple seriously close calls.

Almost drowned when I was about 6. Uncle saved me
Almost nailed the rear of a jeep cheroke, while on my motorcycle, on the interstate bc they slammed on their brakes bc of a damn turtle. I mean 75 mph to a dead stop. I honestly braced myself and thought this is either going to really hurt or I won't know the difference. first time I endoed a motorcycle & thank god no one was in the middle lane.  I admit it kept me of the bike for about a week.

I think some people come close without even realizing it.  Crazy how fast it can end

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:21:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:22:10 PM EDT by WilliamGray]
This is the closest I have come, I have posted this before, but here it is again.





Compound fracture to the jaw (mandible busted just in front of the joint, broke out in front of my ear.


Fractured skull


Busted molar


concussion


and some nerve damage in my left shoulder









Second closest is when I went into anaphylaxis, and my heart was borderline V-tach.

 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:22:48 PM EDT



Originally Posted By ejay1984:


Yeah a couple seriously close calls.



Almost drowned when I was about 6. Uncle saved me

Almost nailed the rear of a jeep cheroke, while on my motorcycle, on the interstate bc they slammed on their brakes bc of a damn turtle. I mean 75 mph to a dead stop. I honestly braced myself and thought this is either going to really hurt or I won't know the difference. first time I endoed a motorcycle & thank god no one was in the middle lane.  I admit it kept me of the bike for about a week.



I think some people come close without even realizing it.  Crazy how fast it can end





I had the same thing happen to me, except I was 3 or 4. We were in our backyard, enjoying the pool. I go inside to pee or something and take off my life vest. Come back outside running and gun it for the pool, forget to put the life jacket back on and jump in. I remember hitting my uncle on his leg with my tiny fists and him pulling me out.



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:24:15 PM EDT
1) I put a tractor on its side mowing where I shouldnt have been mowing with that tractor ... I got off that tractor so fast I thought I had wings.

2) I was working at an ADM grain elevator and was flipping lids on top of the rail cars we were loading. My fall protection harness locked right as I was stepping between cars and I ended up falling between them .. wound up dangling chest level with the top of the rail car with a broken wrist and some bad bruises .. thought that was it until I came to my senses and climbed back on top of the rail car then down 30 feet of ladder to get to the bosses truck so I could go to the hospital.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:24:54 PM EDT



Originally Posted By WilliamGray:


This is the closest I have come, I have posted this before, but here it is again.



Compound fracture to the jaw (mandible busted just in front of the joint, broke out in front of my ear.

Fractured skull

Busted molar

concussion

and some nerve damage in my left shoulder





http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e308/rdxfusion/08132010033.jpg





Second closest is when I went into anaphylaxis, and my heart was borderline V-tach.  


Job site safety is no joke. Glad to see it wasn't worse.



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:27:42 PM EDT
Acid reflux while sleeping. Almost choked out a number of times.

Scary as hell waking up completely unable to breathe.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:28:55 PM EDT

I had a 45' tall by 50' diameter steel tank collapse around me.



On a another project I was nearly blown out of the top floor of a coal prep house (150') by a freak gust of wind. One of my guys grabbed my belt and yanked me back in.

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:30:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cromlech:
My parents were going to chuck me out into the wheelie bin on account of how ugly I am.


What's a wheelie bin? Is it something like a herby curby?

I rolled a full size Blazer on a blind curve when I was 19. I felt the weight of the vehicle landing on me and I thought that was it. Thinking I was about to die was a strange sensation, almost peaceful. I woke up in an ambulance bleeding like crazy from my head. 20+ stitches later, I was as good as new.

God really does look after stupid teenagers.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:30:36 PM EDT

my appendix ruptured 15 years ago..
It had been ruptured for 3 days before they took it out..
I was in the hospital for 31 days, had two surgeries.
I remember about half the days..
Lost 40 pounds.  Couldnt walk 30 feet when I came home..

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:31:10 PM EDT
As old as I am, yes, a few times for various reasons.


GM
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:31:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/11/2011 3:33:45 AM EDT by Rodent]
Charged by a bull elephant during a cull, shot it twice in the forehead at very close range as it tried to use it's tusks, while another guy shot it twice in the side of the head and once in the ass.

Caught on fire three times in F4's, crashed one of them. Crashed a bushplane. Was in the back seat of another bushplane crash.

Stepped directly over a puff adder while wearing shorts and sandals. It "puffed", but didn't strike.

Several very near mid-airs as an adversary pilot, pretending I was a MIG two or three times a day.

Swallowed a lot of water in some big Hawaiian surf.

Choked on a hard candy when I was a kid..

Hit by cars twice while riding a bicycle to work.

But I think my closest calls were with cars and motorcycles when I was young.



Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:31:52 PM EDT
I was wounded by an RPG in Viet Nam, my flak jacket took a bullet through the upper shoulder area, it ripped right through the jacket missed my throat by an inch or so.
I endured countless fire fights in Viet Nam.
I almost drowned on several occasions, was shot at several times while performing my job as LEO, and I was stabbed twice. Thats about it for now....
I'll most likely die from choking on a chicken bone or something stupid as that.................
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:32:32 PM EDT



Originally Posted By TheCanuck:





Originally Posted By WilliamGray:

This is the closest I have come, I have posted this before, but here it is again.



Compound fracture to the jaw (mandible busted just in front of the joint, broke out in front of my ear.

Fractured skull

Busted molar

concussion

and some nerve damage in my left shoulder





http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e308/rdxfusion/08132010033.jpg





Second closest is when I went into anaphylaxis, and my heart was borderline V-tach.  


Job site safety is no joke. Glad to see it wasn't worse.

 
It turned the V-guard helmet I was wearing inside out.   I set my jaw waiting on the ambulance, then argued with the paramedic over whether it was broken or not, he said you can not talk with a broken jaw.   The guy that dropped the lasher went into shock, then was fired the next day (bullshit on the companies part, shit happens).  This all happened on a friday, I had my jaw wired shut by a very angry surgeon the following Monday (ER  set the appointment, Surgeon was pissed I was not in friday night.





 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:34:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Maryland_Shooter:
Yep - more than once.  I am used to it now.


Yup
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:34:51 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:35:21 PM EDT


Was on a commercial jet that made the papers as a near mid-air collision.

In reality, I don't think it was all that close or that big a deal, it just violated some FAA following guideline and the plane did an evasive maneuver to add some space.

Makes a neat story if you don't tell too many details.



Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:35:48 PM EDT
Dark rainy night.  I was knocked down by a big car and thought it was going to run over me.  Fortunately the driver stopped in time.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:36:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:36:53 PM EDT by bluetick357]
Yes,many times,It's part of my job and now I've jinxed myself.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:37:00 PM EDT


My wife bought a new pair of pants and then asked me if they made her butt look big.

I did some quick thinking and "tripped" over a table and made sure to hit my head on the way down and then feigned unconsciousness.

That was a close one.

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:37:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:39:16 PM EDT by Wyzardd]
Nothing as exciting as some of you, but  -

Got broadsided in my first car, the other guy was going 65 or so and hit my car just far enough behind the drivers door to miss me. I was cut up pretty good, but walked away.

I heard a couple of gunshots and figured it was just someone screwing around. It might have been, but then I turned around and saw two gouges in the Burger King wall. I didn't have time to think that it was all over, until it was all over. Then I had to pull over for a moment (ducked behind a car and then jumped into mine, I wasn't driving when the shooting started. Never did figure out what that was all about)

Cut my thigh pretty deep with a freshly sharpened hunting knife. I wrapped an Ace bandage around it and figured I was ok. Pretty soon I noticed my leg felt wet and I was feeling kind of high. Looked down and my entire right pants leg and the chair I was sitting in were soaked with blood. Got a ride to the ER, stitched me up and hooked up an IV. I'm not sure what was in it, I assume blood or plasma or something, but I was just kind of drifting at that point. Quite a buzz, but I'd rather start drinking again.

Got caught in a rip tide and fought it until I was too exhausted to move. A little Mayan fella pulled me out ... eventually. Hey, I'm from Colorado. What did I know from riptides?

Lyrica and Citalopram together led to a chain of events where I ended up in the hospital for a week. Didn't think I was going to survive long enough to make it to the ER. For 3 mornings in a row before I decided that this was screwed up, I woke up surprised to be alive.


Nothing interesting since 2009, though. Been pretty mellow around here, and I like it that way!!
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:38:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aimless:
I missed being shot in the head with a .50 blackpowder rifle in a hunting accident (wasn't my accident), had several car accidents where I could have been hurt, had a tree fall on a car I was in, quite a few times when I was on a motorcycle things could have gone differently and ended up squashed. never almost stepped on a landmine or been shot at on purpose so I'm better off than you guys


And this from the guy whose wife is plotting to kill him. Anybody see a possible connection here?

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:39:04 PM EDT



Originally Posted By monkey68:


I was wounded by an RPG in Viet Nam, my flak jacket took a bullet through the upper shoulder area, it ripped right through the jacket missed my throat by an inch or so.

I endured countless fire fights in Viet Nam.

I almost drowned on several occasions, was shot at several times while performing my job as LEO, and I was stabbed twice. Thats about it for now....

I'll most likely die from choking on a chicken bone or something stupid as that.................


Hopefully not for a long time.



 
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:40:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:42:44 PM EDT by DK-Prof]
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:42:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:43:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
The surgeons told my parents that if I had arrived at the hospital 10 or 15 minutes later, I would have died on the table.  


At the time, I was about six or seven, so it didn't register in the way it would to an adult, because kids aren't aware of mortality in the same way.


Oh yeah. I supposedly almost died at birth. Apparently if my Mom hadn't been at the OB/GYN when she was for an exam, I wouldn't have made it. She got rushed from his office to the hospital in an ambulance while me Dad sat out in the car waiting for her. He had no idea until he went in to find out what was taking so long.

Ahhhhh... simpler times.

Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:44:44 PM EDT
Yep , all I remember is waking up in the hospital after being in a coma.

Drunk driver ran over my ass when I was 11 years old .
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:45:14 PM EDT
I've had a kidney stone or twelve. Not life threatening but I DID want to die.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:47:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2011 5:54:51 PM EDT by Rick-OShay]
In chronological order:

1.  Choked on a piece of balloon -age 6.  Mom, the RN, picked me up by the ankles and beat on my back until it came out, after I ran inside.  You can run a long way with no air when you have to.

2.  1970 - drinving through the Hill Country around Austin in my 1972 chevy pickup.  Came around a curve to see a 100 foot drop off on my left, a solid wall of rock on my right, and two cattle semis doing at leat 100 mph coming right at me.  I chose the drop off.  Ass the trucks passed and I felt my truck start to drop toward the trees below - suddenly I was back on the road.  I think the suction at the back of the trucks pulled me back on the road - or possibly the hand of God lifted the truck and me.  It was a slow drive and many cups of coffee to the next town, on my way back to Oklahoma.

3.  An intoxicated fellow of hispanic descent played knick-knack on my skull with a 2X4 when I objected to him punching his 90 lb common-law wife in the face at a local bar and tried to escort her safely home.

4.  Changing the transmission in my 75 Chevy Malibu coupe when the neighbor's daughter across the street stalled her motor, and her 74 Impala silently rolled backwards out of her drive and knocked my car off the stands and ramps on top of me.  One wheel landed on the curb - that happened to be where I tried to roll out at the last minute.  Sure felt good when the girl and my mom finally jacked the car off of me.  Got out with just some busted ribs and a bruised arm.

5.  Early 90s - was about 1 pound of pressure on the trigger of my 1911 away from painting the walls of my apartment with my brain when I heard a voice telling me not to do it, that there were good, wonderful things in my future.  This was quite startling, as I was alone at the time.  The voice I heard was my own voice at a Pathways training event...   in 2005 (Class 227).

Yeah, I know, "cool story, bro!"

God works in funny ways, and I guess time doesn't mean anything to Him....

www.gopathways.org - I am a believer, for sure.


6.  Bad car wreck in 2006.

7.  Stopped breathing from the dilaudid while in the hospital after the car wreck.  They put somehting in me to counter-act all the opiates in me, and I woke up in agony with a nurse shining a bright light in my face and yelling for me to breathe.

8.  Died on the table 3 times while they were putting the jig saw puzzle that used to be my left ankle back togethre, after the car wreck.



Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:49:32 PM EDT
Was run over when I was 2 1/2
Had spinal meningitis when i was 3 1/2
About choked to death on a peice of steak when I was 11
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