Have you ever wondered what it might be like to wake up in the hospital and have absolutely no idea how you got there?
Well, these AskReddit users lived to tell the tale, and it seems to be just as crazy as it sounds.
Get ready folks… because you NEVER want to be in these situations.
1. Always Wear A Seatbelt
“I hopped into the back of a mate’s pickup after a rugby game, went to sleep and woke up in ICU in traction with no feeling from my waist down.
Turns out we had a head-on collision with a drunk driver and I went through the back of the cab picking up a host of broken body parts including four compressed vertebrae.
A year and a number of surgeries later I walked out of hospital an inch shorter and with enough metal in me to set off metal detectors at airports.”
2. The Dangers Of Grad School
“I was teaching an organic chemistry lab in grad school. Student asked a question so I turned around to answer and woke up in the hospital later that day.
Student had poured fuming hydrochloric acid in the wrong beaker and it was giving off a weird gas so he pulled it out of the fume hood to ask me what was wrong and stuck it directly in my face.
I don’t know what he put in it, but it was apparently something pretty bad.”
3. Not More Watermelon For You
“18 year old me got super wasted on Smirnoff Watermelon vodka at some little club in Clearwater, FL.
Apparently I fell off of a tall barstool and busted my head. When I woke up, I wasn’t even sure what state I was in.
Accidentally called my friend’s mom in North Dakota trying to get a ride to somewhere other than the hospital.
A decade later and I still can’t drink anything with that watermelon flavor.”
4. Clumsy Child
“It happened when I was in kindergarten.
Apparently I fell down the stairs after I stepped on my own trousers.”
5. Road Rash
“I was twelve in 1982. Woke up in a hospital bed feeling fine, no idea what happened. Nobody else in the room. Last person I remember hanging out with was my friend, Scott, so I call his house. His mom answered, advised me to call my parents. No answer at the home phone.
So I’m sitting in this bed, trying to figure out why I’m even there. I finally discover that the rolling table over the bed opens up, and there’s a mirror under the lid. Across my forehead and down the whole right side of my face are fresh abrasions. “Ohhh, that’s why.”
Finally get hold of Scott and learn the story (which I still don’t remember).
Was riding my bike down a sidewalk near the grade school. Sidewalk takes a 45 degree left turn, and I cut the corner. Grass is deep, and a little wet, and my front wheel catches on the edge of the sidewalk, flipping me over. I landed on my face, dragged against the other edge of the sidewalk, knocked out cold.
Another neighborhood kid was in the area, hustled back to alert my parents. My Dad took me to the hospital in his car, and I woke up the next day.
Yes, my parents just left me in the hospital by myself.”
6. Lifeguard Win
“Was at the pool, next thing I know I wake up in a hospital bed, feeling very cold and my throat hurts.
Turns out I had actually drowned, but the lifeguard had pulled me out and reanimated me for about 45 minutes.
Then I was flown to the hospital by helicopter, where I lay in a coma for 2 days, during which time they kept my body temperature low (to prevent cerebral damage caused by lack of oxygen). I could go home a week after the accident.”
7. Deadly Squirt Guns
“My brother and I were outside playing with squirt guns (this was 2001 so I would have been 11).
Next thing I know it’s Easter Sunday, I was in a hospital bed with a massive headache and blurred vision and the last thing I remembered was 4 days ago.
Apparently I fell backwards and smacked my dome on the curb hard enough to fracture my skull and bruise my brain.
Got 2 weeks off of school which was cool back then, and I’ve had to wear glasses ever since.
Apparently, according to my mom, the first sign of consciousness in the hospital was me getting out of bed, taking a piss on the floor, and then going back to sleep for two more days.
The whole thing was a weird experience.”
8. Good Timing, Bro
“Diabetic, went to sleep normally, woke up 2 days later in the hospital.
I got so low while sleeping that I passed out.
Fortunately the time I passed was close to the time I’m supposed to wake up, my brother found me half dead and took me to the hospital.”
9. Surprise! You’re Alive!
“I went in for a stomach operation, woke up and said ‘oh, huh, it doesn’t hurt that bad.’
My surgeon, mother, anesthesiologist and two nurses all looked super awkward and said ‘Well…We didn’t do the surgery. You had an allergic reaction to one of the drugs given to you in the anesthetic process and flatlined. We spent 40 minutes stabilizing you’.
I was absolutely in awe. I felt fine until I started to get clammy, then my BP went to 40/20 again and I passed out. Spent four days in ICU, and a week in total in hospital.”
10. Squirrels Just Want To Have Fun
“Was knocked out by flying squirrel while bike riding near my house.”
11. Running Can Kill You
“I was running a half marathon with a friend and we had just passed the 10 mile mark and I felt like I was getting into a groove after I struggled a bit the previous few miles.
Woke up the next day in the ICU with my family all around me. Heat stroke + Rhabdomyolysis.
I was admitted with a temp of 108.6 and they were telling my family to prepare for the worst.
Had to stay in the hospital for a few days and then take it easy for a few months but otherwise came out unscathed. Don’t recommend it.”
12. Standing Is Hard
“I was watching Voyager on TV, next thing I was in a hospital bed.
Turns out I’d gotten up too fast, lack of blood flow to the head and passed out, hitting my head on the floor hard (I’m 6’6″) and fractured my skull.
13. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
“Woke up in the hospital summer of 2002 cuffed to a hospital bed. Tubes all over me and stitches all over my chest.
The night before I was hit by a drunk driver. Had a 6 inch gash down the center of my chest exposing a few ribs.
After I was discharged I spoke with the gas station attendant who told me that he denied the driver a beer sale because he was already wasted. That a**hole was never found. That was pretty bad but apparently I woke up in a daze a few hours earlier.
Doctor had me sedated and arms secured to the bed because I was trying to pull my catheter out.”
14. Cracked Skull
“Was at school, about 8 years old. It was sports carnival day, I don’t know if they have that everywhere.
It’s where the whole school spends the day competing in various sports. I was watching the other group play teeball.
Next minute, hospital. I woke up feeling like I’d just had a dream that I was in an ambulance.
Apparently I did briefly wake in the ambulance but not for long.
I was thwacked in the forehead with a flying metal bat, had a massive abrasion which turned into the oddest scab you’d ever seen, like a unicorn had his horn lopped off.
Still have a scar there where my skull cracked and healed with a kind of divot in it.”
15. Worst Customer Ever
“Cut a guy off while bartending in college.
He wasn’t too happy, grabbed a bottle, and chucked it at the back of my head as I turned around.
Woke up in a hospital bed with my best regular and his wife ensuring me I’d be ok and the guy wouldn’t ‘be a problem.’
Super reassuring other than the fact this was a pretty unsavory biker bar and the regulars, though amazingly kind and loyal to me, weren’t the most savory human beings. 38 stitches, a partially shaved head, and 3 days later I was at lunch with the same regulars.”
16. Awkward Reunion
“Walking home from work, was hit by a truck.
Even though it wasn’t a hit and run I didn’t know who the driver was until about a month later (strangely I didn’t think enough to ask).
I was having dinner at my best friend’s place and his older brother came home and looked at me as though he’d seen a ghost.”
17. No Jumping Allowed
“I was riding my young horse, in training to jump. We rode up to our first 3 foot jump. He stopped, so I started preparing to turn him around and try again. He then reared up and hurled himself over the jump. I was completely unprepared for him to jump. I fell off at the apex of the jump.
That’s all I remember from that day. Apparently I took his saddle off, hosed him down, and drove myself home. Next thing I remember I was being wheeled in for a CAT scan. I broke my back (this wasn’t discovered until MUCH later since I was still mobile) and fractured my skull. My helmet was in 3 pieces.
I still own this horse. He’s 22 now and we still ride. Just…no jumping.”
18. Two Weeks To Live My A**
“Had a seizure at work and was apparently walking into walls and fell down in the bathroom. My mom came to pick me up, brought me to my place. I fell down and had another seizure and my mom called an ambulance.
All I remember was going into the bathroom at work after puking in my lesson room. I woke up in an ICU with everyone telling me that I had brain cancer and that I only had two weeks to live. They started chemo treatment immediately at Cedars and now I’m completely clean of cancer.”
19. DO. NOT. DRINK. AND. DRIVE.
“Woke up in the hospital with my roommate and her mom asleep in the chairs in the hospital room. I started freaking out because I was seven months pregnant and my pregnant belly was obviously not pregnant. My screaming woke them up.
My fiancée and I had been hit by a drunk driver, killing my fiancée and I lost the baby. I had been in a coma for three days.
I have some really gnarly scars that my kids like to make up crazy stories about. My favorite being the time I fought off three knife wielding, psychotic carnies and murdered them with my bare hands.”
Yikes! Those are some truly harrowing stories, right? Insane that people actually LIVED through those situations!
Have you ever experienced anything like this?
Let us know in the comments!