Struck by Lightning

lightning during nighttime
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In my senior year of high school I was struck by lightning. Not a direct hit, but enough that it knocked me on my butt. I remember thinking “Oh my Gosh. I’ve been shot!”. As I felt my body for gunshot wounds or blood and came up with clean hands, I turned to ask my boyfriend what had happened. And that’s when I realized that I was lying on the ground.

I thought I was ok. Enough so that I went with my boyfriend to a farm supply store shortly after that. I don’t remember if I started throwing up, or if I just felt like I was going to throw up at this store, my memory is totally gone, except that I ended up in the hospital. I don’t remember getting there, I don’t recall a single thing about the ER or being admitted to the Cardiac Unit. I DO remember being put on a cardiac monitor (which kept going off and waking me up in the middle of the night), and I remember lots and lots of tests. My current neurologist thinks that this was my triggering event and that I had a seizure at some point during my ER stay.

I ended up in the hospital for 3 days, I have a strange feeling that my boyfriend took me to Chinese when I got out of the hospital, but then I’m pretty sure the hospital would have only released me to my parents? I have no clue… I should ask my mother now that I’m thinking about it 🙂 .

I lost function of my right arm and went through physical therapy to learn how to write again. It did get me out of finals (all except one), and I was able to graduate with my class.

Because of my experience in the hospital and one particular amazing nurse, her name is Sunny; I chose to go into nursing. I was a 17-year-old girl in the hospital after a traumatic event and she was incredibly kind and patient. She was everything that a nurse should have been. Can I also just state the irony that I was struck by lightning and my nurse’s name was Sunny?

Fast forward 13 years and I have full use of my right arm, except for after a really bad seizure; and then it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days to regain function of that arm again.  So weird, right?

Also, my neurologist at the time (I have moved several times and no longer see the same neurologist) said that my odds of getting struck by lightning again are 100x. In case you’re curious: I stay inside during thunder storms 🙂

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