All of us have had those close calls in our life. For some reason though, I seem to be collecting them. Currently there are three that go above and beyond the normal close calls. I personally only remember two of them. I was a little too young for accurate memories of the first one. The other two I actually remember pretty well. Let's get started...
My Near Death Experience #1:
It was something involving an oxygen tent being left open when I was a baby. For whatever reason I had to be placed in an oxygen tent while I was a baby or very young toddler. The nurse came in to feed me and got interrupted by something and forgot to reseal the tent. When the next doctor or nurse came in I was gasping for breath because I wasn't getting enough oxygen into my lungs.
My Near Death Experience # 2:
There was a group of people from my church at a local park one night. I was three of four at the time. My parent's drove in separate cars and my dad decided he was going to head home and was going to stop my the mall on the way. On his way out, he saw my brother's and I playing and stopped to see if we wanted to go back with him or stay a little longer and come back with my mom. I was standing by the front fender on the passenger's side. I was jumping up and holding myself up by pushing down on the hood and fender. I was still trying to decide, but my dad thought I had said I'd stay and started moving to leave. When the car started moving I lost my balance and slid underneath the car. I don't remember the car actually rolling over me, but I do remember being under the car and hearing everyone screaming. They pulled me from underneath the car and rushed me to the emergency room.
The doctor's didn't believe them when they said the car had completely run over me. They said I probably just fell in between the tires and it just looked like they had rolled across my body. While they were examining me the bruises started to show up on my chest. Dark blue bruises in a tread design across my chest. The doctors and nurses couldn't believe it!! They said it was a miracle I was even alive much less breathing normally and no internal injuries. I ended up with just the bruises on my chest and scratches on my hand. Now, before you write this story off. Just remember. This wasn't the 90's when cars are made out of plastic and fiberglass. This was an old Cutlass Supreme, double steel paneled doors, etc. My dad isn't exactly Mr. Slim-body either.
I'd like to try and track down the actual doctor reports concerning the accident and include them. I don't tell this story much anymore. The usual response after I finish is "Well, that explains what's wrong with you."
Near Death Experience # 3
The third near death experience happened my sophomore year in college.
I wrote about this experience specifically in a post awhile back you can read here: