What was your most terrifying experience?

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Mixedupworld Fri 20-Nov-20 13:20:42

For me it was being winched up into helicopter after I fell and injured myself.

Followed closely by me and a friend aged 12 getting cut off by the tide and having to be rescued by RNLI. We didnt have phones so had to scream for help and were eventually heard. It was pitch black.

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Theodoreb Fri 20-Nov-20 13:23:27

Watching my daughter have a 30 minute seizure while I tried to rush her to hospital then watching as she was completely unresponsive to the numerous doctors and nurses putting canulas in while her heart rate was 140.

User258544 Fri 20-Nov-20 13:34:07

Being on own and told by a doctor that 'it looks like a rare medical thing' after a CT scan.

Being poked by a doctor who didn't use enough local anaesthetic when trying to insert a tube into my chest cavity and having to bear it.

Seeing the other patients on the mental health ward when DB was sectioned when I was in my early 20s.

Asking DM to show me her chest after she tried to stab herself when I was a kid.

All relate to feelings of helplessness.

I imagine anything that brushes with death is terrifying. These type of experiences transform you.

ilovebagpuss Fri 20-Nov-20 14:37:10

Plane terror in a storm on return from honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Genuine terror screaming from passengers and lightning stuff falling out of the lockers. Because we had to land at another island we couldn’t climb above the storm and kept circling around in it!

When we landed on the other island some passengers got off it was so bad. However I knew there wasn’t another plane for a week so we had to stay onboard and back up through the storm.
20 years ago and I still haven’t flown again.
I need to really. I heard some of the cabin crew saying it was the worse they had been in in 12 years and I think it was the radio silence from the captain that scared me more like he was concentrating so hard to keep the plane in the air. Also because we were in the tail section it seemed less stable if that’s even a thing I honestly thought it would snap off.

Mixedupworld Fri 20-Nov-20 17:48:48


Watching my daughter have a 30 minute seizure while I tried to rush her to hospital then watching as she was completely unresponsive to the numerous doctors and nurses putting canulas in while her heart rate was 140.

Oh my goodness that must have been terrifying. I hope your daughter is ok now.

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Terralee Fri 20-Nov-20 18:01:12

Nearly being struck by lightning aged 10 during a PE lesson, that was very scary. I remember the lightning was blue & made a horrible noise as it hit the ground, I still have nightmares about storms now.

Ginfordinner Fri 20-Nov-20 18:05:02

Those all sound pretty scary.

Experiencing an earthquake in California
Seeing DD stop breathing at two and a half when her temperature spiked. Luckily the GP was with us and called for an ambulance.

She is now 20 and at university.


billy1966 Fri 20-Nov-20 18:05:51

I have half a dozen utterly terrifying experiences and they all involve my children. Illness/falls etc.
They have aged us both🙄

Funkypolar Fri 20-Nov-20 18:06:47

Evacuating a burning aircraft. All passengers and crew survived.

southern82 Fri 20-Nov-20 18:09:49

Been on a ride at a theme park when I was 17 and as it went upside down and was held there, my bar across my knees moved and I started falling out. I had a bar above me that I had to hold onto. I honestly thought I was going to die.

AnyFucker Fri 20-Nov-20 18:10:32

Having a hysteroscopy and uterine biopsy without pain relief was pretty fucking terrifying

Fruitinator Fri 20-Nov-20 18:16:27

Driving along a busy duel carriageway in the rain and a group of people were standing on a pedestrian bridge over the top- I somehow knew they were going to do something and actually changed lanes and slowed down a bit- but they threw down some lumps of bricks and concrete.

It smashed my windscreen, dented my car bonnet and roof, hit the car behind me, they also damaged the lorry in the next lane to me.

What was so frightening was absolutely no visibility, and trying to get off the road. I have never shaken so much in my life!

anascrecca Fri 20-Nov-20 18:27:38

Recent health scare where each test led to another test or scan. Luckily they didn't find anything in the end but it was the most terrifying thing that's happened to me

CrimsonCattery Fri 20-Nov-20 19:01:47

Had three very scary car crashes at high speeds. One was my fault as I was v tired and nodded off momentarily and the other two were being swerved into on the motorway (by a lorry and a white van). Either walked away with not a scratch or just bruising but geninely thought I would die each time. Another time I narrowly avoided being ploughed into when a car didn't notice the stationary traffic queuing before the exit. Saw them coming in the rear mirror and had to get into gear and pulled into the hard shoulder in a spilt second. The car missed the one on front of me by an inch as it swerved into the thankfully empty middle lane. I was shaking like a leaf.

Unsurprisingly I am a very cautious driver. After the lorry incident I took some advanced driving lessons on the motorway as I was struggling mentally with overtaking large vehicles.

AudTheDeepMinded Fri 20-Nov-20 19:08:38

Being marooned in a very strange town on the very tip of New Zealand's south island around 20 years ago. I was on my own and ended up being put up in a pub. It was full of leering old men who stopped and starred at me as I walked in. My room had no lock, the landlord was called 'Goober' and spoke gibberish whilst dragging one leg behind him. I slept not a wink the entire night convinced I was going to be murdered in my bed!
Also, when my four-week old DS had a kidney infection. We took him to A and E, he was mottled and making the strangest cry and was taken straight through to Resus. Fucking terrifying whilst they battled to find out what was wrong with him and treat him.

MooseBeTimeForSummer Fri 20-Nov-20 19:14:17

A collision at sea which caused a massive fire. Nine of my colleagues were killed, either as a result of the fire or having to jump into the sea.

MuchTooTired Fri 20-Nov-20 19:25:53

Dt2 when she was born. Heard a little whimper and then nothing (I was behind the screen). I remember asking the dr who was at my head is she ok? and her answering with we don’t know.

I’ve never prayed so hard in my entire life, and reminded god that it was supposed to be me that died if any of the three of us had to go.

Ultimately DD was absolutely fine and joined us in the recovery room once she’d left scbu. We joke now that she was just making a dramatic entrance as she’s a bit of a drama queen, but fearing she’d died or wasn’t going to make it was the most terrifying experience I have ever had.

Temporarything Fri 20-Nov-20 19:28:49

Losing my 2YO DS in a park. (found him TF!)

Being alone in a house and someone trying to break in.

PixellatedPixie Fri 20-Nov-20 19:39:14

Waking up in my parent’s house (Johannesburg South Africa) at the age of 17 to find three men were holding us up at gunpoint. That experience is the reason I moved to the U.K. more than a decade ago.

Losing my 2 year old in a pub. Six adults (including me) were running around looking for her and nobody could fin her for a good 5-10 minutes before we realised she was playing with a toy hidden by two larger kids.

PixellatedPixie Fri 20-Nov-20 19:40:04

Yours are weirdly similar to mine!

Temporarything Fri 20-Nov-20 19:45:22


Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Nov-20 19:47:06

Held up at gun point during a bank raid. When they finally caught the robbers doing another one it was found that all guns were fully loaded and ready.

ilkleymoorbartat Fri 20-Nov-20 19:48:39

Had a brick thrown through my windscreen off a motorway bridge at night driving back to university when I was 19. While windscreen smashed in on me on the m62.

It was also pre mobile phones so I had to either walk up the dark hard shoulder on my own or flag another driver down.

I've found lots of things scary science having kids. I don't respond well to them being ill. DD was very poorly at birth and I found that much harder than anything.

sophandbridge Fri 20-Nov-20 19:48:57

When my child was having a bad asthma attack and said 'Goodbye Mummy, I am going to die tonight'

ilkleymoorbartat Fri 20-Nov-20 19:49:57

@MooseBeTimeForSummer that sounds horrific. I'm so sorry.

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