Waking up from a coma is an experience that a tiny minority of people have. We can only imagine how horrifying the primary few moments after waking. When the fact hits you, and also you realize you were moments far from succumbing to an awful contamination or horrible fall, everything changes. If we’ve never experienced being in a coma, we can never truly recognize what it’s like. After all, the opportunity of understanding someone who has survived something intense enough to land them in a coma is not likely.
Here is what it’s sincerely like to be subconscious for days, weeks, months, and perhaps even years. Coma survivor stories give us a glimpse into the minds of human beings in comatose states, and an extra threat at understanding the aware thoughts.
“I was in a coma for 5 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.”
“I was in a coma for a week after being in a serious car accident. I suffered 2 months memory loss from the day of the accident, multiple broken bones, fractured skull, broke my jaw and fractured most parts of my face. I woke up in ICU extremely confused and crying and thinking I was still dating my high school boyfriend, and I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t with me.
But what I do remember from the coma was that I was standing in a white room, it felt like I was waiting for something, but I didn’t know what. But the worst memory was when I was still in a coma, and I could feel people hold my hand, and I could feel the nurses bathing me, but I couldn’t move or open my eyes, I just couldn’t do anything, and it was terrifying!”