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I was hit (indirectly) by lightening last night!!!

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  • I was hit (indirectly) by lightening last night!!!



    I was out in my barn during a horrible storm as my TB had shown colickly symptoms earlier - I'd picked up some banamine from my vet but by the time I got back he seemed to be okay -

    But I was worried so I was leaning on the aluminum gate to his run in stall, watching him carefully, oblivious to the bolts of lightening landing all over top of us - then WHAM!!!!

    I found myself blown off the gate and sitting on my butt, wondering if I was still alive. I felt the powerful shock all through my body but didn't seem to be hurt.

    I just sat there, for about 15 minutes, thinking, okay, did that just happen? Am I really okay?

    This morning, I am fine except I have aching and tingling in my fingers where they were touching the gate. I guess the bolt hit either the barn or a nearby tree, and it travelled right through that gate to me. (Yeah, I should know better than to be holding something metal during such a storm!)

    Also today I feel rather giddy & lucky - I guess it was some sort of electric shock therapy for my mood Don't ever play but think I shall go buy a lottery ticket

    Did that ever happen to anyone else?

  • #2
    Holy cow, glad you are ok! That seems incredibly scary! I was out on the porch yesterday afternoon when it was starting to really rumble, so even though I love watching a good strom I went inside. Getting smarter as I get older. Or is it more chicken?
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    • #3
      How scary! Glad you are okay. Have you been the hospital to get checked out or at least called your doctor? I know you say you feel okay, but you should probably get checked out.


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      • #4
        Holy cow! So glad you are ok.
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        • #5
          Glad you are okay, that is some scary stuff!

          Knocking on wood, I have not had that close of a call, but I was in the barn once, unloading hay during a storm, and the barn got hit. It was this time last year, I posted about it.

          I will tell you I have been much more nervous during storms since the incident, so don't be surprised if you have the same fear when the next storm blows in.
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          • #6
            You might want to get a quick check up with your doctor; the electrical current can affect your heart. Sorry it happened! Lightning scares me. There is a great article in a recent Sports Illustrated about some hikers in the Grand Tetons who got caught in a lightning storm while climbing a mountain. Gives some pretty interesting info regarding lightning strikes.
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            • #7
              Wow, do get a lottery ticket, you never know.

              Maybe call your Dr's office and ask if you need to come in?

              Generally, any time you black out it is better to be checked out, just in case.

              A neighbor was going thru a wire gate, lightning hit down the fence and it knocked him back, he woke up 30' away from the gate and thought he was ok.
              Two days later he was in town and could not remember how to get back home.

              He called for directions, they came and took him to the Dr and he was fine after a bit.

              Don't wait until you can't find your way.

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              • #8
                Ditto to what others have said - you REALLY should go to the ER or your doctor and be checked out.

                Also keep an eye on all of your appliances and if you have a well - your well pump. These strikes can cause a surge that does damage to them - have your electrician out to check your circuits.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Flash44 View Post
                  You might want to get a quick check up with your doctor; the electrical current can affect your heart. Sorry it happened! Lightning scares me. There is a great article in a recent Sports Illustrated about some hikers in the Grand Tetons who got caught in a lightning storm while climbing a mountain. Gives some pretty interesting info regarding lightning strikes.
                  Ditto - I would for sure call your Dr!
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                    #10
                    Okay guys, enough of you have said check with doctor that I did - she said to take it easy for two days and if I experience any headaches or dizziness, or if my fingertips tingling get's any worse to go to ER.

                    It's hard to fathom feeling sick though, as I must admit I feel so frigging light hearted and HAPPY today, I wish I could get this effect of being zapped once a week or so

                    I'm literally skipping around the house & barnyard giddy. My unscientific opinion is that the electric current opened up all my positive thinking neural pathways & blocked any negative paths.

                    Or maybe I just subconsciously realize how lucky I am.

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                    • #11
                      Wow. Glad you're doing well.

                      1-Don't ever do that again.

                      2-If you're not going to buy a lotto, then at least check the cap on your soda. (You probably won some fries.)

                      3-Have you any cool new skills? (I knew a guy who was hit by lightening as a kid and he swore he was way, way better at math right after.)

                      How do your fingers feel now?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Arcadien View Post
                        Okay guys, enough of you have said check with doctor that I did - she said to take it easy for two days and if I experience any headaches or dizziness, or if my fingertips tingling get's any worse to go to ER.

                        It's hard to fathom feeling sick though, as I must admit I feel so frigging light hearted and HAPPY today, I wish I could get this effect of being zapped once a week or so

                        I'm literally skipping around the house & barnyard giddy. My unscientific opinion is that the electric current opened up all my positive thinking neural pathways & blocked any negative paths.

                        Or maybe I just subconsciously realize how lucky I am.
                        I would guess the way it altered your brain chemistry is, lucky for you, making you feel so good.
                        Just don't go sticking your fingers in sockets now, hear?

                        I am not sure you are a good judge of your mental or maybe even physical state.
                        Be sure someone is keeping tabs on you.
                        You don't want them to have to go looking for you if you get some really crazy ideas or pass out somewhere out of the way.

                        Probably you will sleep this off and get back to boring normal in a couple of days.
                        Have someone looking in on you here and there, just in case.

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                        • #13
                          So glad you seem to be ok. I had a similar incident in '99. Was standing under my parent's carport attached to their house. Concrete slab. Was about 3-4 ft from the large metal pole center support post. Lightning ran through me as well. Feet came flying off the ground but did land back on them. ER visit for me. EMS responders said my heart rate was ok until they mentioned putting an iv in me (I freak at the mere mention of a needle coming near me). My blood pressure lower number was around 50 if I remember correctly which was the concern. It can dehydrate you. Take it easy and drink plenty!

                          PS. Lottery hasn't paid off for me yet! LOL I'm still waiting!!

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                          • #14
                            I know someone who was indirectly hit during a storm while she was bringing in the horses. She had 3 in one hand , went to open the gate and got zapped hard . The horses stood absolutely still but none of them got it. The woman went to the er and she has some short term memory loss, and is very jittery now with all due right to be . Sadly that same storm a rider was struck elsewhere in the area and both him and his horse died as well as 2 other people in different situations. You are very lucky and while the good feeling is nice, it may be a sign of some temporary brain damage that you should have checked more thoroughly. But do buy a lottery ticket. Just don't be sad if you lose because you already had the luckiest day of your life.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Arcadien View Post
                              It's hard to fathom feeling sick though, as I must admit I feel so frigging light hearted and HAPPY today, I wish I could get this effect of being zapped once a week or so I'm literally skipping around the house & barnyard giddy. My unscientific opinion is that the electric current opened up all my positive thinking neural pathways & blocked any negative paths.
                              Lov'n it!! You go girl!

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                              • #16
                                Adrenaline is very powerful! I experienced a similar feeling of euphoria after walking away from a dramatic car accident a few years ago. I was on top of the world, lol!

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by onelove View Post
                                  But do buy a lottery ticket. Just don't be sad if you lose because you already had the luckiest day of your life.
                                  LOL yeah I've been thinking that's true. Guess it's back to hard work & positive thinking to create my own "luck" tomorrow

                                  I related my experience to a few good neighbor friends, and while laughing along with my "happy dance" mood today, they are keeping tabs on me - so if I decide to go for an arbitrary walk or drive I will likely be intercepted

                                  Fingers are still tingling but not aching (took Ibuprofen). One neighbor pointed out, ground was saturated almost to flooding point around my barn at the peak of the storm, so that's likley why the lightening travelled so easily from impact point to me!

                                  Lesson learned: touching metal attached to pole barn in saturated ground during violent lightening storm = sort of bad idea!

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                                  • #18
                                    Don't be surprised if when your fingers quit tingling from the nerves being fried they do hurt for a bit, like they do after being asleep and regaining feeling.

                                    On the other hand, your brain may have been reset to feel happy easier, so that may be a plus, if it is set now to the half full outlook, rather than the half empty.

                                    Thanks for checking in, we won't have to worry if you are still ok.
                                    You look fine and smoke finally quit coming out of your ears.

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                                    • #19
                                      That's amazing! You are very lucky you weren't seriously injured or worse. So, how is the colicky horse?
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                                      • #20
                                        Wow, Arcadien, someone was watching over you! I'm glad you are ok, and your horse is, too. That could have been a lot worse. I think you should call your MD and just run that by him/her because they might want to just look you over to be on the safe side. That's quite a jolt of electricity!

                                        I teach riding and I never fool with Thunder and Lightning. Lessons are cancelled if it's anywhere near us because last year I learned what a bolt out the blue means. Thunder was predicted, but it was still clear overhead so we were out in the yard hand grazing the horses. Suddenly a bolt of lightning came down in the woods across the street from our house with that ear splitting CRACK that lets you know it was way too close. It was totally bizarre.

                                        I agree with the others...go get that lottery ticket pronto!

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