How I Nearly Died, I Think…on November 10, 2011 at 12:18 am
As I posted mid last week, I made a quick trip to California upon recovering from my surgery for work on Friday. Besides the fact that I pushed myself too soon and was in a substantial amount of pain for much of the trip, I had what I believe may have been a near death experience on the flight to California.
If you know me at all, you know I am not comfortable with flying. As a matter of fact, in order for me to even get on a plane I need my Valium. So this trip was no different and prior to taking off, I had my happy little pills to help calm me. It was a good thing I did too, because this was one of the roughest take offs I remember. It was a windy morning and the plane was blowing all over the place. Me without Valium would have been panicked, but since I had it I sat there with a smile on my face not too worried.
I was barely conscious for the takeoff anyway, along with taking Valium I do not sleep the night before a flight to help me sleep through it. Luckily, I woke up just in time to get the mini Linden Chocolate Chip Cookies they give away on JetBlue, but soon after finishing them I was passed out again. Then, something very out of the ordinary happened.
I was awoken as the plane began to shake. I opened my eyes and knew something was wrong. From what I remember it had felt like we were flying through an electric field. The plane vibrated and I remember hearing what seemed to be like static electricity. I remember thinking something had went wrong and we were being electrocuted. I saw black lines, distinct black lines going up in down in front of my eyes.
I went to move when I realized my body had become paralyzed. I couldn’t move my arms or legs, they were totally limp. I went to yell for help, but was unable to speak. As hard as I tried to open my mouth nothing was happened. The number of black lines slowly continued to increased. “I knew I would die on a plane” went through my mind. I kept repeating to myself “Live, Live, Live.” I continued to fight as the vertical black lines increase as I continued to feel the vibrations and hear the electric static. I felt weaker by the moment, more limp as I realized I was quickly checking out.
A calm came over me as I began to accept what was happening, realizing there was nothing I could do when just about everything had faded to black. I thought of my wife and dog, wishing I could be their with them at this time when all of a sudden it had all stopped. In a snap the black lines were gone, we were no longer shaking and the sound of static electricity dissipated just as fast as it appeared.
I quickly jumped up and looked around. Not one other person on the plane seems to be panicked. Things seemed smooth and there were no signs of anything gone wrong around me. I quickly took a deep breathe before settling back in my seat. Besides another rough landing as we were blown around during our descent, we made it OK. I had no clue what happened, but it surely felt like I was about to check out…