What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? (NON WOO)(243 Posts)
Enjoying the woo thread so much but I've finished it now so thought I would reenact another of my favourites.
So what's the scariest, non-woo situation you've even been in?
Earthquake in California and tornado in France (was camping at the time)
Being strangled after being beaten up. Really thought that was it since no one had come when I was screaming first.
Getting my 3 year old out of the car and thinking (wrongly) that we had parked next to the side of the road and tellling her she could go to grandma who was on the side of the road. We were actually parked in the middle of the road in a car park but there were 2 lanes each side of the said car park and she went straight across the road ( luckily nothing was coming) but I cried solidly for about 2 hours over what could have happened. Was such a stupid mistake that could have turned out so differently
Earthquake in New Zealand.
Oddly enough, I'd been in a few earthquakes when I lived in Japan, but took them more in my stride. I think the combination of it being post-Christchurch/Fukushima, having heard my 5yo talk about tsunami evacuation plans she'd practiced at school, and just being a parent, made it a lot more scary.
I was hit by a van on my scooter 2 years ago. He just ran straight into the back of me at 50mph, apparently didn't see me (on a white scooter with a yellow hiviz vest on) until I was on his windscreen. I lived to tell the tale but the white blinding silence of the impact will haunt me forever
Volcano I was standing on erupted. Pretty scary for a short while.
My brother was held up by armed robbers when he was a Saturday boy at a supermarket. He was only 17, and it scared him for quite a while.
A family member jumped out of a bedroom window in a suicide attempt. Thought they had died for a few minutes.
Was very scary but I didn't properly react to it unitl years later.
I was 19 and worked with a guy who had form for pouncing on female staff. The creep took me into an unused office on the pretence of looking for a handset we could use (it was the 80s). I went in first and he locked the door behind him so I knew I was in trouble. He marched off and I hung back thinking how do I get out of this. He was out of sight round the corner and calling "Just come round here a minute". I didn't know whether to scream for help or just stay where I was. I spotted an old intercom that people used to have in their desks to call their Secretary in. Out of desperation I pressed the button, didn't even know if it was plugged in but the voices of the girls in the office above us came booming out. He said "Can they hear us?" I said yes and he said "Right come on let's go I can't find a phone" unlocked the door and marched off, fuming. I don't know for certain what he was planning but I genuinely felt terrified and as I swear that intercom appeared out if nowhere, like divine intervention.
Bloody hell rugger.
3rd Space Mountain
2nd Harrods Bomb - missed because I turned back to use another entrance
1st when they realised ds1 was in trouble and hit the red button, the glint of forceps, a glimpse of a purple baby and the look on the,registrar's face. He's 21 and at Oxford. Another minute or two though.
Passing out while pushing, giving birth to dd1, coming round and passing out again next time I pushed. Came round again and everyone assured me I hadn't passed out and I was fine. Really scared me that no-one believed me and that it would keep happening or worse. Luckily in my hazy state I was able to realise it was the breathing pattern I was doing (like we used to do at school to make ourselves faint ) and I managed to stay conscious to give birth.
Being attacked and dragged into a car by a group of men two years ago, stuff of nightmares. Never imagined that sort of thing would happen to me.
I have a couple:
A girl jumped out of the 11th floor of the building I lived in when I was younger whilst I was home. I heard the noise when she hit the ground and could see her body from my apartment window.
I was hit by a car, who deliberately swerved to hit me whilst I was walking on the sidewalk, and nearly died when I was eight. My mum was walking behind me and I don't think she ever got over the shock of what happened.
My car being hit by a train...
I was in Kansas City during a tornado, it was terrifying.
In Mexico. I was swimming in the sea, not too far away from the shore and I could feel myself drifting further and further away. It was a strong current but the sea was calm, with no waves which terrified me. It took all my strength to swim back.
Thankfully I was young and a strong swimmer, otherwise I wouldn't have made it. I collapsed on the sand when i got to shore.
Knife attack by a stranger. Horrible.
Being on a small boat in Mexico at the tail end of a hurricane, the boat being hit by massive waves, us realising that there weren't nearly enough life jackets to go around and the ones that there were being chained up, and the little Mexican lady next to me praying the rosary.
Being head butted by a person I'd never met in a pub.
Bloody hell, these are awful.
Having an operation without anaesthetic (hospital error) is the one that springs to mind.
There are many
When I was 18, there was a man who used to hide in various places around my town. I used to be a runner and would often be out at night in the dark, he would pop out from no where (give me a heart attack!) and then mutter something under his breath and generally be weird. Thought nothing of it really at the time, but it kept happening, and in different locations, then he would say something to get my attention, I would turn round only to see him masturbating. Then one very early morning on my way to work he walked right past me, pulled down the front of his trousers to show his erect penis. Obviously called the police after that and as far as I'm aware he was caught
Then a year later I was out with friends for a night out, the taxi driver that took us to where we were, later picked us back up again. The rest of my friends wanted to go to a house to continue the celebrations, I just wanted my bed (was staying at my mums back then) the taxi driver didn't seem too pleased that he had two separate stops but again I didn't think much of it. Anyway I fell asleep in the back seat only to wake up to him driving into an industrial estate. When I shouted where are you going!? He answered 'errrr.....I need to double check with my boss that's it's ok to take you to your house' (I knew he was the owner of the company and there was a radio which he could've used) so I called my then boyfriend and he made some more excuses, pretended to get out and lol at something then drove me home. I was frozen with fear imagining the worst that was going to happen. Turns out the police officer dealing with the case had known him for a long time, he had previously been in jail for ten years, and has subsequently been sent back to jail for raping two women
Then there was the time I realised I was pregnant to the man I loved, but two months later I found out he had been cheating on me, he called me up to say he would not be supporting me with this baby, nor would he be buying anything ie pram, cot etc and I realised them I would be completely on my own from four months pregnant, I had a panic attack for the first time ever
But on a lighter note....there was the time I was on a skiing holiday....I wasn't experienced at skiing at that point, yet decided it would be fine to go up a black slope when I got there I realised there was not much room to manoeuvre and if I was to fall.....I was a goner! Clung to that slope for dear life in tears really thought I would die if I let go!
Then there was the time that DC had fell asleep under some teddies. I couldn't find him anywhere for a good ten mins after I had woken (was terribly sleep deprived) and had convinced myself that someone had managed to come into the house and take him away! The relief when I found DC! Wow!
Not had anything really scary happen to me for years though...thankfully
A murder-suicide in my work.
My three yearold was watching television one lunchtime, and said, glancing through the open door to the hall, "Mummy, there's someone peeping." I got up, saying "No, there's not, love." Went to the open door to find a man standing in the hall with a black balaclava mask on. I shrieked and flapped at him with the newspaper in my hand, and he ran off down the hall and disappeared through the back kitchen door which I'd stupidly not locked. Took me weeks to stop jumping at every sound. Still feel odd when I think about it.
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