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    Fading Echo posted an update 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    It happened at dinner last night.
    My family and I were on the couch, supposedly watching TV (which was paused), but really just telling jokes. I told a (slightly inappropriate) joke that made everyone laugh, and when my sister didn’t understand it, I decided I was thirsty and was going to take a drink of my milk while my mom explained it to her.
    If only I had’t told that joke. If only I hadn’t taken that drink. If only my sister hadn’t asked what it meant. If only my mom hadn’t decided to explain in the funniest way possible half a second later. But none of that happened.
    Instead, my mom told her joke as I swallowed. It was really funny, and I started to choke with laughter. After about five seconds, my gag reflex kicked in. The milk came out of my nose, my mouth, but I still couldn’t breathe. I started to cough, but with no air to cough up, my dinner followed the milk. It was disgusting.
    Ten seconds. My lungs were burning, and I was getting nervous. My mom was freaking out while I desperately tried to suck in air. There was something wrong with my diaphragm (the muscle that moves your lungs); it felt like I was trying to breathe through a tiny straw (hence the wheezing).
    Fifteen seconds. My mom panicked and forgot how to do the Heimlich. My vision started to close in at the edges.
    Twenty seconds. Suddenly, my throat unlocked. I sucked in a huge gulp of air, only to start coughing, causing my throat to close again. The next time my throat unlocked, I breathed as shallowly as I could, and it stayed open.
    I sat wheezing over a trash can. Coughing fits came every few seconds, and a terrible pain had blossomed in my chest. I told my parents this, and they started doing research.
    My dad found it first. He read aloud that there had been several cases of deaths by drowning, and I was at risk. (I know, stupid, but the explanation made sense.)
    After inhaling amounts of liquid, a person’s oxygen flow could be stopped by obstructing the path to the alveoli (the tiny air sacs of the lungs which allow for rapid gaseous exchange). It usually happened after the person thought they were fine and went to bed, only to die in their sleep.
    My dad slept in my room last night.

    3:04 am. I woke up, out of breath. My head was throbbing, and my lungs were hurting. I tried to go back to sleep, but the pain was too bad. At 3:21, I woke my dad, who got me some Advil. I went back to sleep sometime around four.

    I woke up for school, but my stomach and diaphragm were hurting badly and I still couldn’t breathe well, so I went back to sleep.

    I’m awake now. My headache is dulled from the Advil, but my stomach and diaphragm hurt worse than ever. I’m still out of breath (even though all I’ve done is sit here for the last half hour). My dad is considering taking me to the emergency room.

    One more thing, though.
    I thought I was going to die; I didn’t care.
    I could’ve shown my mom exactly where to do back blows (part of the Heimlich). But I didn’t. I had given up. It was pure reflex of my body that saved me, my need for air taking over everything in my head and forcing me to act.
    When I woke up in the middle of the night, I wasn’t going to tell my dad about my issues breathing. That’s why I waited so long. The only reason I did so was because the pain in my head was almost unbearable.
    I’m sorry.

    Mood : Ashamed
    • Wow, didn’t realize that was so long. Sorry, guys.

    • I’m so sorry that happened to you @985921sqh, I would get yourself seen by a doctor just to be safe Echo, please don’t feel ashamed Echo, I don’t want to see you feeling unwell and having trouble breathing, do stay healthy and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, everything will be OK Echo, keep going forward and never give up, you can do it, inbox me anytime if you want to chat or vent, stay strong, you are never alone :) (hugs)

    • @985921sqh

      While I’ve had my fair share of choking spells, I’ve never had one to such a degree like that. But I have seen my mother go through that more times than I could remember counting. It’s terrifying.
      I can only imagine how scared you must have been, as well as your family.

      I would go get checked out if I were you, just to be safer than sorry. Unless you’re starting to feel better, but your lungs undoubtedly took a beaten from that. I’d recommend staying in, resting, and then probably seeing a doctor within the next day if you still don’t feel well.

    • but ur ok now and thats all that maters

    • Damn, that’s heartbreaking. The same happened to me too 6 years ago, when I chocked on a clump of meat I had in my mouth. For some stupid reason I wanted to challenge myself to see how fast I could eat my dinner, so I kept on getting a big amount of cooked meat, and the next thing I knew, I started choking. I was holding my throat in agony, and I was trying to get my dad’s attention, he was talking to others. He noticed me and tried to get someone to do the maneuver thing, but it was getting too late. I was about to pass out until my dad told me to drink some soda, so I did just that and the chocking stopped. I was crying in pain and was ashamed of myself for trying to do such a stupid thing. A few hours later and I didn’t accept anything my dad offered to me because I was scared that I could’ve chocked again, so he understood and left me alone for a while. It’s a situation where you think that your about to die, your body is suffering from the limited amount of oxygen it’s getting. You don’t need to be sorry at all, it happened, and you couldn’t do anything about it. I’m just relieved that your ok now, but please see a doctor or go to the hospital if anything else happens. Be strong, and follow @Oliver’s advice. Don’t risk coming to school tomorrow if your still feeling terrible.

    • Wow, Fading Echo, this was really intense. I’m so sorry you had to go through this! If you are concerned about your body from this I would see a doctor if you can just to be safe. It’s understandable how you didn’t care when it came to the thought of dying, but please be safe and OK because your life is meaningful and valuable