Yes, more times than I'm comfortable thinking about. They say the lord watches over drunkards and fools, and when I was a young man, I know I kept a few angels busy.
Had a car accident on a gravel road, and the rear fender fetched up against a tree, but the impact made me bang my head against the door post. I'd had a sore throat, but it was nothing major. The impact broke open an abscess in my throat, and I woke up with a raging fever. My GF applied alcohol baths, and then took me out to the beach for the day (let's take the feverish guy out to sit in the hot sun!). I continued to feel worse. That evening, a friend stopped by, checked me out, and forcibly carried me out to his car and to the ER, despite my protests- I was simply too weak to put up a fight. At the ER, they said my temperature had hit 107.7F- no idea how long it had been that high- one thing's certain, at that rate, there's a real good chance I wouldn't have woke up in the morning, had I stayed home.
Two years before that, alcohol poisoning, army ER staff saved me, I've never been sure just how- they pumped my stomach, stopped the bleeding by pumping ice water into my stomach, and ended up warming up the paddles when my heart stopped. Just before shocking me, CPR started to work. I'd been dead on the table for a little while, from drinking like an idiot, at a mere 17 years of age.
That's just two of the times- I'm around today because other people didn't give up when it got difficult, even tho they could have. What I've learned from it, eventually, is that I'm here for a purpose- what exactly, I'm not sure. So, I try to do what I can for other people, to sort of pay it forward, and to make what they did worth the effort. I've had quite a few close calls, hence my 'angels' comment earlier, but the ones that have brought me closest to death involved my own stupid actions, doing something I shouldn't. Since I've somehow managed to become older, despite my own best efforts, I've tried to become a bit wiser as well. Jury's still out on that one.
silentpoet wrote:My first two warning shots are aimed center of mass. If that don't warn them I fire warning shots at their head until they are warned enough that I am no longer in fear for my life.