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alekth said:
d21lewis said:
alekth said:
I've been a candidate for infant mortality until like 2 y/o. And once close to drowning in my own blood after a car crash that left me with some broken ribs and punctured lung.

Dude.  You just took things to a whole other level.

Glad you managed to stick around.  Stories like that really put things into perspective.  This thread was inspired by a guy that I work with who served over seas.  He told me about how he got shot in Iraq, how he got blown up MULTIPLE times, and how he was missing his testicles, tail bone, and how his legs have all sorts of pins in them and his wrist had to be reconstructed.  All I could come back with was "Pollen makes my nose run alot".

Stories like his and yours make average people's complaints seem trivial (which they are).  Thanks for sharing your experiences, alekth!

Well, as for me, not only I still have my testicles, I also don't have any allergies.

I really don't remember anything from being sick as a baby obviously, but as for the car crash (which was when I was 17, though I still don't remember anything concerning it and the previous couple of days), it took me a couple of years to be able to sit next to the driver and feel comfortable in a car again. Never got a driver's license after that.... though lately I've been considering going for it.

I think you should go for it.  Don't let a tragedy stop you from living life to the fullest.  It's entirely your decision, though.  I'm just an imaginary guy from the internet!



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I've had a bunch of really close calls.

Almost choked to death twice when I was really young. Not a lot of story here, but choking is not fun and is incredibly scary...

A group of guys (including myself) were trying to throw my friend into the lake. He was a former #1 wrestler, and after a while he picked me up and slammed me to the ground. My head was about 2 inches away from a rather large rock that would have shattered my skull. We stopped immediately after that

I've been in 2 motorcycle accidents (I've posted both on the forums before). The second was a lot more spectacular of a crash, but the 1st had the same potential to be deadly. Also, for my second accident, the ambulance personal actually told me they expected to be scraping body parts off the road and they were shocked that I only had a road rash knee. I've also had many close encounters by idiots who decide they want to drive where I'm currently at.

I once hit a jump on my ski's and went about 30ft straight up in the air (went off and over a quarter pipe at the bottom of the hill with way too much speed and overshot the back of it). falling from 30ft onto basically flat ground has the potential to end really ugly. I didn't get seriously hurt, but I didn't exactly land on my skis either . I did leave about a 6 inch dent in the snow where I first impacted. I basically crumpled to the ground and then slid down the hill for 50-60 ft through mud, snow, and more mud. I also once fell off a grind rail (on my skis) and slammed my head into the ice and went unconscious. Luckily I just ended up with a concussion. I also went off a smaller jump and my left ski fell off mid jump. Landed on my back and got knocked unconscious. While all of them turned out ok, all of them were pretty dang scary and I know other skiers who died from similar accidents.

Out of all the crazy and stupid stuff I've done through the years, I've never broken a bone, and the only time I got stitches was when I stabbed myself (yea... let's not go there...). So while I haven't been rushed to the hospital just in time to save my life, I think I've had more than my fair share of close calls.




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alekth said:

Well, as for me, not only I still have my testicles, I also don't have any allergies.

I really don't remember anything from being sick as a baby obviously, but as for the car crash (which was when I was 17, though I still don't remember anything concerning it and the previous couple of days), it took me a couple of years to be able to sit next to the driver and feel comfortable in a car again. Never got a driver's license after that.... though lately I've been considering going for it.

I know how that feels. My wife was driving me for a few days after my 2nd motorcycle accident and I was so paranoid the entire time. I felt like every car we were coming up on that we were going to rear end it. I then avoided the highway where I had my accident for over a year. However, I hopped back on a motorcycle about 2-3 months later, so if I can do that, you can get your automobile liscense.




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I got hit by a car, I think you remember this though, as you took the flack for me



 

My father had a serious car accident when I was a baby, the passenger's seat got wrecked with the baby seat in it, and I only wasn't there because before we left, I started to cry like insane so they left me home with mother.



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I don't think I've ever came close to dying but my young brother did... by my fault. I was working on a little wood camp when I was about 14, it was very high up (like over 4 meters high).

After hammering some nails on the roof, in a stupid move I decided that the hammer would get down faster if I just let it fall to the ground. My little brother (4 years old) was running around the camp, the hammer fell right in front of him, inches away from crushing his skull.

I've never felt so bad in my life!



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About 6 years ago I was in the passenger side of my friend's mini-van when he took a highway off-ramp too quick and veered in to the ditch and the Van rolled right back up on to the road. We were all ok after, but I was pretty lucky since when the van landed on it's right side, my window smashed and I hit the road. I don't know how my head didn't smack the pavement, since my shoulder sure did. In the end I was just bruised and My hand was pretty mangled from where I punched the road (no stitches though).

What was funny was that two days later when I woke up, my hand had become infected and swelled right up. I opened the door to go to the hospital to discover the worst snowstorm of the year. I couldn't tell if the buses were running, so I had to hitchhike to the hospital with my mangled bloated hand too swollen to make a decent hitcher symbol.

Also, I got hit by a van two weeks ago. Again, I only suffered scrapes, bruises and a partially torn ligament on my right knee, but what was lucky was that I got hit from behind while reading a map on a billboard and the van plowed straight in to the billboard. I still can't quite figure out how I didn't end up between the two, which while it might not have killed me, certainly would have put an end to my walking days. Here's a pick

 

Yeah, I was standing maybe 3 feet in front of the map, right at the middle of it, but somehow it sent me flying diagonally away from the map. I don't remember the hit itself. I just remember jumping off the ground, screaming "I JUST GOT HIT BY A F#$@ING CAR!" and then getting woozy.



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When babies are born, they rate their healthiness on a scale from 1-10. I was a 1. I came very close to dying before I was even born. There were a variety of complications, the largest of which was having the umbilical cord literally choking me to death. That combined with a few others things, put me in really bad condition.



Also I used to drive with a certain family member all the time when she was drunk when I was younger.

Some scary times.



I once ran my foot through a glass table by accident over at a friend's place. We kept laughing and making jokes about it, until my mom came over and took me to the hospital, where we had to wait a few hours to get it stitched. Yup, it was every bit as exciting as it sounds. In other words, my worst accident was spam to Death's inbox.