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Near drowning experience
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Jinya    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:46:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to hear from someone that has had a near drowning experience as an adult. I am interested in the feelings surrounding the event, both during and after. Any response would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

TO35    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:39:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
About 4 years ago at a family get to gether at a local lake I heard my brother hollering at the kids swimming in the lake to come back closer. My neice then 13 did'nt hear him and continued out to about 500yds. from shore, and got in trouble and stated yelling for help. I dove in and swam like mad to reach her and I'm by no means a real good swimmer but I do alright. I was almost to her about 75 yds away and saw a jetskier coming to her rescue he stopped grabbed her and made it to the shore.
I started the long swim back and suddenly without warning caught the cramps in my side, then my legs and finally my arms(worse case of cramps I ever had) I relized I was in trouble and hollered for help before I panicked, Then my arms and legs cramped up so bad I could not use them and I did panick, I went under gasping to holler out when I swallowed a ton of water,believe me it hurts to swallow water. I could see the surface but could not move because the cramps almost had me paralized, next thing I know my brother and the jetskier was pulling me onto shore, they rolled me onto my side and was slapping me on the back, I then began vomitting up the water and everything else till I finally caught a breath.
It was almost two hours later before I could breath and move my arm and legs normaly again. I was shaking the whole time and it hurt almost every breath I took.
I did not see any bright lights or anything like that, but I can tell you I felt completely helpless not being able to use my arms and legs.
My lungs actually felt like someone was compressing them and no air was entering it hurt.
Other than that my worst enemy was panic, its hard to explain just how panicked I became but its a feeling I do not want to ever have again.
Since then I was told that several things will help you from getting the cramps while swiming, one is either eating a pickle or drinking pickle juice before you swim. I stll swim on ocassion and so does my family I always carry a jar of pickles with us and make sure they all have atleast one. I have no facts to back this up but I can tell you I have not had the cramps since.


Cosmo    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:24:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does dreaming you're drowning count?

Coon Catcher Clay    Posted 04-01-2004 at 11:02:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When I was seventeen years old I fell through the ice on the lagoon in Grant park in South Milwaukee Wisconsin. The current from the stream feeding the lagoon moved me away from the hole that I made and I had only ice above me.My first thought was,oh s--t I just really screwed up.After swimming around trying to find my hole for about thirty seconds I thought,well kid it looks like you are gonna buy the farm this time.I then thought about how hard it was going to be on my parents and how long was it gonna take them to find my body.I then worried about the fish and crawdads eating on me before I could be found[what a stupid thought that was].Finally I relised that I was running out of air so I went down to the bottom which was only about eight feet and pushed off as hard as I could .I figured to either knock myself out or punch my head up through the ice.The ice broke and I got some air,looked around and saw my first hole maybe thirty feet away.I then dove under and came up in the bigger hole and got out of the lagoon.My thoughts,when I was under there it was as if I had all the time in the world to get out of this predictiment.It was kinda like everything was in slow motion.When I realised that I was out of air it was total panic. Ten minutes afterward it was no big deal.thirty minutes afterward my legs would not hold me up because I had time to think about how close I had come to meeting my maker and I couldn't stop shakeing not from the cold but from the fear of dying

Ron,ar    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:18:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have read that most drowning people actually black out from lack of oxygen because they will not inhale knowing to do so will certainly mean death. They will not voluntarily attempt to breathe under water. I guess after passing out they inhale water. I can't remember where I read this and don't know how people would know this as a fact.
While in the Navy, we had swim call in the Indian Ocean. Just stopped the ship, put a boat in the water for shark watch/lifeguard and we all jumped over the side of the ship. I jumped, hit the water but came up under the ship. I started swimming underwater but was going lengthwise instead of toward the side I had jumped from. The ship was 310 feet long and I got a really scared feeling for a few seconds knowing I couldn't swim that far underwater. I saw all them legs off to my right and knew where I was then. Simple but still had a "tense" moment. Mike Nelson I ain't.

Jinya    Posted 04-01-2004 at 09:32:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have read the responses thus far, and thank you for the replies. I am doing some research on drowning/near drowning. I don't swim myself or have any true experiences to base any thing on, no facts. I only have ideas as to how a person must feel(which I realize aren't good feelings). I stumbled on this site and thought I may get some information. I don't mean to dredge up any bad feelings and am sorry if I cause anyone to think painful thoughts.Thanks.

Thanks,    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:14:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just hoping that you weren't going try to duplicate the feeling yourself...

I can't help and hope never to know myself...
I swim like a fish...

A big, fat, old, fish...LOL

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 09:22:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
If a bathtub fulla cheap gin qualifies lemme know....I gotta story that will curl yer hair.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:33:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya gotta have hair first. lol.

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:37:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well this happened when I was younger...and had HAIR....Mr. Critic! LOL!!

Didja get yer new specs today or are ya still groping everything in sight? (No pun intended!)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:49:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got specks. Biggest help is with the reading.
Went back to Photo Gallery, for another look just to be sure they're working.
Sure enough All the ladies, including your Missus are much better looking than I had surmised. However, The specks hasn't helped any of the gents looks any including your own.

Hmmm...    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:55:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
May I ask why you are interested?

Salmoneye, The Curious

Alias    Posted 04-01-2004 at 09:10:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, I'd kinda like to know myself. Of course, I can only speak on the subject of drowning in a sea of sorrow. It ain't no pleseant feeling...LOL.....gfp

I know...    Posted 04-01-2004 at 09:18:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
And it only took me two years to swim out...

1986 will live on in my memory as the worst year of life to date...The woman I loved left me after 5 years together, and I was a pall-bearer 6 times...

I am 41 years old and have been a pall-bearer 14 times so far...Started at the age of 14...

Lots of 1's and 4's in that paragraph LOL...

Yeah,    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
but that's not my idea of an April Fool's Joke.

One of these days I intend to write about some of my bad times. But, right now, as always, I'm just happy to be alive. However, my son, commenting on some of the things that happened which were way beyond my control, once told me that a lesser man would have killed himself. But, I can safely say that the saddest man at my funeral will be yours truly......gfp

BTW, SE, How's the little girl's pox. She getting Better?

Oh yah...    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:24:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
She is fine, and thanks for asking...

She has an accompanying case of what she terms 'Fast-Poops', so she has been pretty tuckered, but kids are a heck of alot more resilient than we give them credit for most of the time...

She is right now annoying the new Lab-Mix with a superball...

I wonder which one will give up first ;-)


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