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People Explain What It’s Like to Be in a Coma

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Like a Long Nap

Have you ever been in a coma? Whether artificially-induced or the result of trauma, comas are both physically and emotionally trying for those experiencing them as well as their loved ones.

Whether they last several days, months, or years, comas have been described as death-like states of unconsciousness. While some people report feeling absolutely nothing from the time they lose consciousness to the time they wake up, others say they had extremely vivid dreams or even recollections of what was going on around them.

Redditors were asked to share their personal experiences from being in a coma, and their stories, while similar, will show you a whole new side of the human experience. If you’ve ever been in a coma, does your story sound like these?

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“No different than being asleep…”

Accidentally Asleep

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I was in a medically induced for 2 weeks and I had no perception of time. I was in an accident, put into the coma by doctors, then awoke on a later date. The drugs gave me crazy dreams for the next month in the hospital but I have no memory of anything during the time I was in the coma. (TheAnswer2016)

The Human Blender

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I was also in a medically induced coma for about 5 days. During that period I had a couple of different surgeries, including open heart surgery.

I had extremely vivid dreams during the coma. In the one I remember I was inside of a life-sized blender and I would get chopped up to bits and pieces. Then I would get dropped out of the blender, reform into myself again, only to drop into another blender and get chopped up again. On and on continuously.

When I finally woke up, it definitely felt shorter than 5 days but it didn’t feel instantaneous either. (HAL9000000)