When was the last time you thought you were gonna die?

@calai618 (1781)
Philippines
October 23, 2009 3:12pm CST
The recent flash floodings here in my country (4weeks ago)really made me think that it was my time. We were never flooded ever before, not even an inch-high and suddenly half of our first floor was submerged in flood water for just a couple of minutes. When I saw the water rising every second, I really thought it was the end of all of us. Our house is already elevated and it's really hard to think that it will ever get flooded. What's worse is that my family (I am sure the whole village or town too) was not ready for anything like that. We didn't stack up on food, we had no emergency kits, we had no disaster plans, I never learned how to swim and if ever we survived getting drowned in the floodwater, starvation would really kill us. Prior to that, the last time I was on the situation where I thought I was gonna die was already 3 to 4 years ago on a backstreet boys concert. Everybody was pushing each other as if we all won't be able to get inside. Maybe the people were all just too excited but for me, I felt more in danger because I was sandwiched in the middle of a lot of tall people and I couldn't breath already. If that situation prolonged, I would have fainted (and maybe stepped upon?) and God knows what could happen. That was really terrifying. How about you? When was the last time you felt you were gonna die?
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@BART78 (2933)
• Canada
23 Oct 09
..a terrifying experience you got there with backstreet concert..for me when i was still in college, it was raining hard that day, the car that my cousin was driving suddenly slip on our way down to baguio and we spin almost 3x and the car slam on barriers on the edge of the cliff...go thing we don't panic and we escape the ordeal..
@GardenGerty (99193)
• United States
24 Oct 09
My most scary car situation was on ice. Three different times I slid off an icy road, and one time I did spin round and round and end up going the other way.
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@LiveLove (445)
• United States
23 Oct 09
A few years back. I defied my mother when she told me to wash the dishes when I said no. She threw out accusations of me trying to overstep my ground. She tried to hit me as I backed away and once she got me in a corner she strangled me. I nearly blacked out when my Aunt and big brother finally got her away from me. I never realized how painful being strangled could be and I hope never to learn again.
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@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I'm sorry about that. That must have really hurt. I am glad you got out of that terrifying situation. I hope it does not happen to you, to me and to any oter person ever again...
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@GardenGerty (99193)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I do not think I have ever been really afraid I was going to die, except maybe once as a young pre teen when I nearly slid off a rock formation in a state park. I am so sorry about the flooding you have experienced lately. I hope that situation improves. I do not go to concerts, partly because of the crowds.
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@jugsjugs (13045)
23 Oct 09
There has only been one time i thought i was going to die and that was when i caught MRSA in hospital.I must admit i knew there was something wrong as all the drs were trying to work out what to do with me as they had put me on a ward with other very ill people.When they did tell me i was being eaten it still did not register what they ment until they said MRSA.The dr at my surgery had taken swabs a few days earlier as where my glands had been removed just would not heal up,a few days later i went to the drs again as i will feeling very ill,so he took a look again and i passed out through the pain so i was then rushed to hospital.Took me 6months to get the all clear.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Usually I feel this when driving, I am constantly reminded at how small the safety net is when someone runs a light or cuts in front of me, these things happen all the time and if you are not a good defensive driver you will not last long.
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
that is the very reason why I never tried learning how to drive (and would never ever want to learn how to..). I really believe that no matter how good a person is of a driver, it wouldn't matter especially when all the other people around you are not as careful as you. I am really not that confident with myself as well because I am too jumpy and I easily freak out. I wouldn't be shock if I die from heart attack on the road and not due to collition or any other accidents.. :(
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
24 Oct 09
You should learn how to swim. In your country flooding is a regular natural phenomena.So to save your life you must learn swimming.
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Thank you for the advice bhanusb! I never really learned how to swim, I was too afraid to. Just today I bought life jackets for our own safety. I think these are the best thing next to knowing how to swim. I hope these are enough to save us..
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 Oct 09
I had a car accident a few years ago and although I was not badly hurt I really thought I was going to die. A car cut me off which sent me spinning until I hit the kerb, missed a lamppost by inches and ended facing in opposite direction. The other driver did not even bother to stop and ask if I was okay. While the car was spinning I remember thinking ‘this is it, the day I’m going to die.
@nawanta (328)
• Indonesia
24 Oct 09
There was a moment that i thought i was gonna die. It was 5 years ago. I was in the hospital for two weeks. The doctor found that my blood preasure was so low. Everyday the doctor took my blood to have a test in the lab. But after doing some tests, he didn't find the disease. Finally, he took my backbone marrow and tested it. He told me that i had to prepare my self for the worst posibility. i could be suffered from leukimia. When he told me the bad news, i cried because i know that leukimia still can't be cured. I tought my life would end soon. Thank God, the last test indicated that i just suffered from malaria, not leukimia as i was afraid of.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Oct 09
hi calai way back when I was twenty odd years old I was at college in S.Dak and went to Omaha to visit my uncle. the' missouri river was flooding and the water was coming up onto the trestle our train was going over. we just crawled along that trestle as the driver was afraid to make the train go to fast and sway the trestle. we were really in danger of the whole thing collapsing. so it took an hour to get across that trestle. scared I was never so scared before or after. After we got across and I was getting off the conductor told people that that route had just been closed. the bridge had collapsed about twenty minutes after the train got over it and was safe. my Aunt and Uncle were so worried but when they saw me they were really elated.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
23 Oct 09
I think the car wreck in 1972. I kind of WISHED I were dying a few times since then, mostly during allergic reactions, but don't honestly think I was afraid I was dying.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
23 Oct 09
Floods and tornadoes and such can truly be very frightening, and yes, deadly, so your fear is understandable. The last time I felt as though I might die was when I was very sick and needed an emergency surgery. But God was with me :) Karen