Very few things are scarier to me than the idea of being in a coma. Being trapped inside your own mind and unable to move or acknowledge a passage of time while the world spins without me in it is just terrifying to me. These descriptions, told by actual coma patients on Reddit, necessarily quell that fear, but it’s good to see they have been able to get back to enjoying life for the most part.

1. Sounds Like It’s Kind of Fun

I was in a medically induced coma for around a month or so. There was no “waking up” phenomenon. One day I remember some flashes of light. Next day a few minutes. Etc. I was so beyond messed up on drugs that I was hallucinating and have essentially no idea what was going on for at least a week. I was convinced the heart rate monitor was playing the Mario theme song and they had brought me Mario to play. The nurse wasn’t happy after I kept asking to play.

2. Or…Maybe It’s Terrifying

A little over a week on the other side. My coma hallucinations were pretty bad, I kept trying to fight everyone, everyone (friends, family and doctors) was out to hurt or humiliate me to the point they strapped me to the bed so I wouldn’t hurt anyone or myself. When I finally stopped hallucinating, I was so tired of running away, and fighting (think inception, or dreams, I felt I was in there for months), that I didn’t even care much for the fact I had lost an arm, I was just glad it was over.

3. Or Maybe It’s Just Nothing

When I was 6, I was in a house fire. I was in a coma for about a month. I remember going to bed the night before (the fire happened in the room I was sleeping in at night). My first memory of waking up was I remember thinking everything was normal and had no idea what I had missed. I remember getting this box of letters wishing me well and had no idea the amount of time that had passed.

4. It Would Be Weird to Know People are Doing Stuff All Around You

I was in a coma for a week after being in a serious car accident. I suffered two months memory loss, 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!

5. This is Why Coma Patients Should Be Surrounded 24/7

I was in a coma for two months. All the doctors were shocked. But when I “woke up” from the two month coma, I was scared. There was Happy Birthday banner on the wall of the hospital so the first thought that came to my mind is, “How old am I?” For the record I could tell I was in the hospital because of the room and I had a neck brace on, so I tried to stand up to walk to a mirror and realized I couldn’t walk. Then, my next brilliant idea was just to scream as loud as I could so someone would know I was awake. I tried to scream but no sound came out. I didn’t know what to do or how to find out what happened so my third bright idea was to look at the back of my hands to see if they’d aged a lot. The backs of my hands looked about the same so I thought at most it had probably been a few years. I knew there was nothing I could do and was tired, so I just decided to go back to sleep.

6. That is Not How It Happens on TV Shows

I didn’t suddenly come out of the coma, but instead had more and more time awake. Initially I was drowsy and things were “fuzzy” and didn’t make sense. But then they made more sense and I slept less and was more fully awake. It probably took about four days to become properly awake.

7. Consensus Seems To Be That Coma’s are Frightening

I had horrible hallucinations/nightmares. When I woke up I didn’t know where I was, what city I was in, what day it was, and thought my parents were imposters. I physically couldn’t move to hit the nurse call button. I could barely speak and had no sense of time. I also thought I was being held captive by some cult and that I had had a baby (my stomach was really swollen and they kept asking me if I was pregnant before procedures). I had no idea how to read a clock at that time and had a distorted passage of time. It felt like I had to sit in that chair forever and I never knew when it was going to end. My parents kept showing me a video of my cats they had taken one day and I kept wondering why they kept showing this horrible quality video. I have a three week memory blank (a week while I was sick pre-coma, coma, and coming out of the coma). I slowly gained my senses back enough to recognize my parents and where I was. Now I live somewhat normally but with some chronic medical conditions.

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