Have you ever wondered what it's like to be in a coma? Imagine if your constant state was wondering what was real or imagined. Though some people experience nothing while in a coma, others have dreams so vivid, they wake up convinced they lived 10 years in the span of a few weeks.
Many coma survivors say one of the scariest things was the process of waking up - it's a long, drawn out struggle of waking up in your mind before you really have control of your body. During this state of trying to regain consciousness, most patients report being able to hear what's going on around them to a certain degree. And they have plenty of stories about creepy things overheard. To find out more about what it's like to be in a coma, check out these crazy accounts from Redditors who survived to tell their tales.
From Redditor /u/Brainslosh:
I was in a coma after a car accident. I only remember one thing: I was walking down a street. I fell to my knees while coughing. I grabbed at my throat. I look down and saw my esophagus on the ground. I then fell onto my side. I learned later that was probably my vent tube coming out of my throat.
From a former Redditor:
I was in a coma for five weeks due to Meningococcal. I had a LOT of "dreams," most that I can still remember pretty clearly.
You can definitely take in what is being said from the people around you. I was 12 at the time (22 now), and my mother was reading Lord of the Rings to me while I was out. I had some pretty vivid LotR related dreams. Like eating some ice cubes under a bridge with Bilbo Baggins.
When I woke up, it felt like I'd been gone a long time, but without knowing how long.
From Redditor /u/sharms2010:
I was in a coma for three days after a car accident where I hit my head. Pretty much I was driving, then the color purple, then waking up three days later. There really was nothing. It's not even like sleeping because when you wake up from sleeping, you know you were asleep. It is like blinking - one second you are doing something, then the next, something totally different. I do have a vague memory of being on a table with a cute guy wiping my nose and it hurting really bad. I remember saying, "you are super cute" but that's all.
I believe that was before I went into the coma after the accident.
From Redditor /u/Amsterdance:
It felt like nothing. You just wake up and realize sh*t happened, you get told you've been injured, what caused it, what I broke, etc. And somewhere along the lines, they also tell you, "You've been kept in a coma." I didn't bother asking the first time around, but I also remember pretty much nothing around that period in time anyway; they may have told me, I just forgot.
What I distinctly remember is the time of waking up. It just felt like a dream, until your brain actually decides to take notice of what's happening around you.
During the coma, I can't say I've experienced anything at all. Not even vivid dreams, but then again, how often do you remember vivid dreams? Mine usually disappear in under five seconds after waking up.
Time did fly by, in a sense that time flies by as you sleep. You're aware time passed, but that's it.