Somebody help explain this freaky near death experience I just had.

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  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    OK, so I came home from a picnic and was feeling pretty grimy and got in the shower. When I get to the point where I wash my face and neck I use a thick, foamy lather and one of those wash sponges, like this:

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    As I was washing my forehead I simultaneously exhaled and began to inhale when the sponge fell over my mouth and a big glob of thick lather got sucked down presumably into the opening of my wind tube. At that point I tried to cough it out but my lungs were empty, as I had just exhaled. In a panic I tried to inhale, and nothing happened... :shock:

    This is the part I can't explain. Was the lather preventing the air from flowing in? Was it causing some sort of autonomic reaction causing my epiglottis to obstruct the airway? All I know is that I very nearly blacked out, when at last and with all of my might I inhaled as hard as I could. It was scary as shit, I honestly couldn't breathe. I'm still coughing soap out of my lungs.

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  2. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Your body will fight to get the alien object out of your body as soon as possible, so it will try to exhale. It's an involuntary reaction. But, since you have no air in your lungs, it really can't. Your body will try to shudder and spasm to clear it so you can breath again. It's painful, and very easy to panic when anything goes into your wind pipe. But, you just have to stay calm and let your body take care of it. It will. The body is an amazing thing. We just generally try to fight it when it is protecting us.

    ~Will Courtier~
  3. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Sounds like you had a laryngospasm that was triggered by your soap goo.
  4. Coleman

    Coleman fresh off the corner

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    I can't help you explain it but I almost choked to death about 2 years ago. My roommate had to give me the heimlich. It still scares the shit out of me when I think about it.

    Got a bad headache?
  5. MSP

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    The only thing I can figure is that somehow this thick foam (think shaving cream or denser) was resting on top of the epiglottis and it couldn't open, at least only partially. And when I finally did get some air flowing I sounded like a fucking velociraptor from Jurassic Park. I've inhaled and coughed out tons of sea water before, ran out of air on a deep dive, etc, but I swear this was the freakiest and scariest shit that has even happened to me.

    EDIT: My head feels OK so far, but I'm still having some trouble breathing.
  6. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    That sponge is dangerous. Throw it out. :)
  7. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    SOAP?? Yeah, right. (That's his story and he's sticking to it) :D:D
  8. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    As was mentioned, you had a spasm. The soap wasn't blocking, but triggered an automatic muscle response to keep foreign objects out by clamping shut. I've had that reaction from acid reflux. It sux.
  9. MSP

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    ^^^ Yeah, reading the link Smersh provided I think that is the answer. So I guess I wouldn't have died, but still some freaky, freaky shit. Right after it happened as I was struggling to catch my breath the first thing that came to mind was "I almost went out like David Carradine, they would have found me naked and suffocated..." :)
  10. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    yea those sponges build up mildew and mold anyways, throw it out.

    so is this spasm thing the same as water going down your wind pipe and causing you to choke and throw it up?
  11. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Yeah, that's some freaky shit when food gets stuck. At first, not such a big deal. Then the brain thinks for a quarter of a split second and the automatic responses take over.
    I had something similar happen but I was by myself. My brain realized the extent of the situation and was preparing me to fall against something for a self heimlich.
    It lossened enough to yak it up. I hadn't enough breath to cough.
  12. ivanolo

    ivanolo Guest

    If you've ever drank straight up vinegar (don't ask), and it has gone down the wrong pipe, then you know how horrible that is. You immediately start coughing, but you can't inhale. One of the worst feelings I've experienced. Sounds very similar to what happened to you, MSP.
  13. Jishory

    Jishory Junior Member

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    that sounds like a shitty experience
  14. j0k3r

    j0k3r El Chupacabra

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    As an asthma sufferer, this has happened to me on more than one occasion and it is some very scary shit. You probably wouldn't have died though. Once you blacked out, you throat would relax and you would start breathing normally again.
  15. kip59

    kip59 One of MSP's Sneaky Brits

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    I'm with JZL on this. lol

    'Police still searching for orange and belt after finding man choking in bathroom with inxs cd in hand!!!'
  16. ShabazKillaX

    ShabazKillaX I'm an F18 bro

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    That's what you get for using a loufa, fag. :D
  17. MSP

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    I wouldn't need one if you'd wash my back like you used to.
  18. czechrboard tassia

    czechrboard tassia Likes gay people.

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    I'm just glad your post didn't end up with you becoming prince of a town called bel air.