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I'll never forget the day I came close to death. No, not the day my hand slipped from the edge of the wet tub while my other hand was checking the water temperature, and suddenly tumbling over, banging my temple on the shower spout, then landing head first into the tub. Nor was it the day I started sipping HOT coffee, then having it go down the wrong tube of my esophagus.

This time, I came oh so close to death while sipping a cup of cold milk. To make matter worse, I had just swallowed a bite of my toast with peanut butter and virgin honey. When I started to gasp for air, the peanut butter got stuck in my throat. I started coughing, and with each cough, I tried desperately to gasp for air. The more I coughed, the more the peanut butter and honey stuck to my throat, and the dried toast made matters worse. It felt like sandpaper rubbing against my throat. Again, like the last time when I almost died from sipping on the hot coffee, I ran to the bathroom and coughed. My coughs were so powerful, that with each cough, my entire insides just about slipped out my throat. Just like the last time, I started feeling jolts of electricity explode throughout my arms and legs. I knew I was dying, and tried to calm myself by telling myself to calm down and take soft, gentles gulps of air. This lasted like forever. I was so exhausted by now, and so much in pain, that I came to a point where I thought of giving up. But then, I remembered that I still had so much to do on my Romantic domain. I also thought about the many little critters and Grandpa. Who would take care of them? Nobody!! I also remembered Edith.

I threw myself on the bathroom floor, managing to grab a role of toilet paper to rest my head on (like a little pillow), and slowly started coming back to life. Finally, I got up and looked in the mirror, and was shocked by the vision I saw there. It was a girl with a purplish face, snot dribbling down her nose, and tears running out of bulging red eyes. She looked disgusting! The girl was me!!

As you can see, I survived my ordeal, otherwise, you would never have known what happened to me a couple of hours ago.

It was horrible! My eyeballs still hurt!


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Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, no. I'm glad you're okay.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is the 2nd time in my life I've gone through this. It was so scary.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
A bad situation, to be sure. Glad you're still ok, despite certain other posts I've made that may hint otherwise.

Hopefully it'll never happen again, but if it does, you might want to learn how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself. It can be done, although who knows what you'll retain when you're in panic mode.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Nah, those other post only get my adrinalin going. I know you're tickled pink that I'm still alive to bug you! :o)

After my last bout with death when I sipped on hot coffee, and had it go down the wrong tube in my throat, I made sure thereafter, to put a couple of ice cubes to cool it off. This had happened to me many times before, but not as bad as it did that day.

To be honest about what happened this time, I was sitting at the kitchen table thinking about a man I don't like at all. The more I thought about him, the irate I grew. I angrily bit a big chunk from my peanut butter and honey piece of toast, and then took that fatal sip of milk, and that's when all hell broke loose. I'm sure God punished me for having such hateful thoughts about that man!! As I lay there in the bathroom dying, I asked the Lord to forgive me. I know this all sounds so insane, but it's the truth.

Just as soon as I forget my ordeal with the peanut butter, I'll make a post about what my exact thoughts were about that man!

I don't believe the Heimlich maneuver would have worked, because it was a big smear of peanut butter and honey with hard crumbs stuck along the lining of my esophagus. Had I not sipped the milk, everything would have been okay.

I'm starting to suspect that my esophagus might be too narrow, because I have a tendency of this happening to me. This is the 2nd time it's brought me seriously close to death, and what scares me is, that I know it will happen again someday. It's like drowning in the ocean.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
It's certainly worth having someone look at it. I've had some issues with my esophagus (acid reflux caused scars), and the doctor did something that helped.

If you wind up going down this route, it runs like this: same fasting as you'd normally do for surgery, then they sedate you. They then use an endoscope to go down your throat. My understanding is that they enlarged my esophagus at the scarred parts with blasts of air; in any event, it worked nicely.
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
If it should happen again, I'll definitely take your advice. I've come to the point of being afraid of putting any food or drink in my mouth.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Be careful Honey!

So glad you're ok, Pooh would be lost without you!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Thank you Sweet Pie! I fought like crazy, because I knew my Pooh wanted me to live!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Ouch. That's a horrible feeling!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Has this happened to you? If so, then you know exactly how frightening the experience is!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
New rules
You only get non sticky food. You may have applesauce. Baby food in general.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: New rules
Haaaaaaaaa! So Fun-EE!!

I do believe you're right! I'm gonna start shopping for Gerber products. Can you still remember what the baby puddings tasted like? I can, and they were so YUMMY!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Que miedo! afortunadamente estas bien, lo bueno de todo es que pudiste conservar la calma y eso seguro te ayudo a superar el trago amargo. Cuidate mucho!
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Fue un increible terror! Ojala no me vuelva pasar!

Gracias amor!
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Mar. 4th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you Sweet Pie!

I think about you a lot. I pray you're doing absolutely great!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
For a change...you need someone to look after you.
I'd like to volunteer.
Peanut butter can be very dangerous...if it "goes down the wrong pipe", and gets in your lungs, it's all over.
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Sweet Pie, I honestly do believe that peanut butter came close to getting to my lungs! Cold milk, peanut butter, sticky honey, and bread crumbs as hard as rocks, proved to be a really a lethal combination! I would have been so embarressed had I died. Can you imagine my body being found in the condition I described the way I looked alive?! grrrr!

When I die, I want to wear my favorite red dress, and have my hair pulled up beautifully. Oh, and I want to smell like a daisy! Oh again! Yes, you can watch over me, so this never happens again! :o)
Mar. 3rd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I am glad you are ok. I think you have our ex president Bush beat by far. He almost choked to death on a pretzel. God is looking after you my friend. *hugs*
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I didn't know that! Oh my goodness, a pretel? Although, I don't like the man, I'm glad he survived the ordeal.

Yes my darling, God is looking after me, and He's looking after you, too!
Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)

*kisses your eyes*

Mar. 4th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Yes, and don't stop!
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
*kisses some more*
Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Been there felt that
I am glad you are ok... I have fekt the same sensations. I too had problems with acid reflux and have espohagus problems. Chocking is not a nice feeling at all.

One question though did you not think of flushing it down with the milk?
I know hind sight is 20/20.

Please take care of yourself...
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Been there felt that
What a horrible feeling it is to come close to death by chocking on something! You know exactly what I went through.

Daddy, there was no way I could take a sip of the milk. Each cough lasted forever, and when it stopped, I'd immediately start another cough. I tried desperately to get some milk inside, but everytime I'd open my mouth, I'd only try and gasp for air.

I have been extremely careful since the last time I almost chocked to death with the hot coffee, which can't compare with this time, since I had peanut butter smack in the middle of my throat.

Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was scary. I'm glad you are OK. Hugs.
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you Sweet Pie! Yes, it was so very scary!!
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Once again you are a lucky little lady. It was not your time, no matter what happened to you. When it is your time, you will probably die of infection from a dog or cat bite. The bite being non serious, you don't pay enough attention to it and overnight you get gangreen and are gone.

So lets be careful out there. I am glad to read that you are OK.
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I honestly believe that only the good die young. This is why I always make it a point to be a VERY bad girl!! :o)

Thank you Sweety Pie!
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