Friday, February 13, 2009

In honor of Friday the 13th

My close (and not so close) shaves with death:

1. Growing up, there were frequent bomb threats made on my elementary school. In fact, we had bomb drills instead of fire drills. No, I did not grow up in an inner city.

2. I grew up watching the Donny and Marie Show.

3. Our house was broken into 3 times so we had a guard posted out front and bars put on the windows. My mom slept with a billy club - looking back I think she was incredibly brave.

4. I wore a shirt with ruffles on it. In junior high.

5. A particularly awful stomach flu hit me at a high school dance. The ER docs thought it was an ectopic pregnancy - talk about awkward mom moments. I insisted I wasn't, but they still did a pregnancy test. Seriously, I don't think I'd even kissed anyone at that point. Two days later my best friend came down with the same bug and had to hospitalized for dehydration.

6. As a high schooler, I was in a nasty car accident. A teen-ager, who'd just gotten her driver's license that day, hit us with her brand new black Nissan Sentra. She hit us so hard that a passenger in her car left an imprint of her face on the rear of the driver's headrest. Anytime I've had an MRI the reading radiologist freaks out about the degenerative damage in my spine. Apparently, my neck is a walking time bomb.

7. I went skiing in Levis once, and the only instruction I received was to point myself downhill.

8. I was attacked by a serial rapist the fall before I married Mister O. I fought like a crazy woman and got away. Mr. O bought me a stun gun in case I ever came across Mr. Serial's sorry self again. The thing kept discharging in my purse, and I never got to use it. Which is actually a good thing.

9. I've eaten dried squid AND beets. As Lauren would say - sicknast.

10. My first pregnancy was ectopic (what are the odds?) and progressed to 11 weeks. It hurt worse than anything I can describe - even breastfeeding. Luckily, I didn't lose a tube or an ovary because the tissue fell into my abdominal cavity and attached to the outside of my uterus. Tricky bugger, no wonder it took so long for them to figure out what was going on.

11. I contracted food poisoning from the Hard Disc Cafe when I was 6 months pregnant - hoped to die then. I didn't. I still like Chinese food.

12. I used to walk 5-7 miles every morning at the sadistic hour of 4:30. One morning a small pickup truck came careening around the corner and pulled to a screeching stop behind my walking partner and me. The driver jumped out and proceeded to scream obscenities at us and informed us he was going to kill us. It happened the same day as this and I'm pretty sure it was the same guy. We got away. Shortest walk of my life.

13. I've had thyroid cancer. But since it's the "good cancer" (an oxymoron for sure), it's hardly worth mentioning. Next scan is this June - may it be the last one.

Tell me, have you had any close shaves?


Loralee and the gang... said...

I too, cheated death. I watch the Donny & Marie show as a pre-teen, and LOVED it!

Heffalump said...

I wanted to marry Donny when I was five years old!
Does a mullet count? I had one more than once! In fact, three of my school pictures feature me with a mullet.
I have cheated death or at least horrific experieces a couple of other times, and it has kept me wary of my surroundings and what or who might be out there to get me.
I have also survived some bad experiences and hope never to have to go through anything like them again.

Mrs. Organic said...

A mullet totally counts. I know what you mean about being more aware of your surroundings.

Oh, and I thought I should clarify - Hard Disc Cafe was the name of the cafeteria at WordPerfect.

Kim N said...

Wow! It sounds like you are a very blessed woman! You definitely have a guardian angel.

The only one that comes to mind for me is that my mom was carrying twins when she was pregnant with me and lost the other twin to miscarriage. Somehow I survived, although the doctor told her she should abort me because I didn't have a good chance of making it and would have big problems if I did. That wasn't an option for her and I was born premature, but without any problems at all. (well, not the kids of problems he meant! ha!)

Oh, and when I got my wisdom teeth out they had to put me under because I had two stray teeth growing into my sinuses. I stopped breathing several times during the procedure and I was just coming out of it when they were ready to call 911 and I realized I was forgetting to breathe. After that I focused really hard to remember to breathe!

Riddlez said...

Stopping in from MMB. All I can say is OH MY GOSH!

angela michelle said...

whoa--nothing like those!
except for watching D&M faithfully every Saturday night after my bath.

david mcmahon said...

I salute anyone who's eaten squid!

(Off post but in reply to your comment ``These posts of yours have me on the lookout for interesting doors'' - I'd be delighted if you posted some great door shots. Feel free to copy and use my logo that says ``The Doors'' if you do.)

Roblynn and Rebekah said...

After the birth of my sixth child I had an abdominal anneurism that busted the main artery going to my uterus. 23 units of blood and two weeks later was walking, and even nursing! We adopted number 7! I think yours are a lot more exciting!