How does one realize physically, mentally, & even psychically that h/she is abou

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (8 posts)
  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    How does one realize physically, mentally, & even psychically that h/she is about/going to die?

  2. tsmog profile image77
    tsmogposted 3 years ago

    The answers can be very diverse from me. I have experience where a car pulled in front of me . . . wham!! I thought I was about to die. I would think mostly mental. I have had instances of diabetic shock where I had to get my blood glucose up over 50 mg/dl fast because I was sinking toward unconscious. The next step is coma followed by death. So, those were times thinking I may die especially because I live alone. That has symptomatology for physical, mental, and emotional. Both cases with realization I am alive I cannot really describe easily. They both needed a period of recovery mentally and emotionally.

    I experience panic attacks today once in a blue moon. Years ago more often. Why is a long story, but therapy seems to have resolved it pretty much. But, those attacks were definitely mental that affects physical while maybe psychically was apparent for cause. I dun'no for sure. 

    How did I realize with the first case naturally I was going to be in a collision, but it happened in milliseconds. Awareness can only be reflected upon as experiencing extreme pain, but after the event. During the event I really have no way to reflect upon it. It simply was happening while I guess you might say no recognition of thoughts, only sensing as it happened . . . I dun'no.

    The second is a sinking feeling as an abstract view. I would see those mystical dots before my eyes growing more and more while growing more light headed each second. Heart rate would become rapid with palpitations, sudden perspiration felt at forehead, and extreme weakness. For instance opening the bottle for the glucose tabs is difficult. Standing to do so too. That enhanced negatively the feelings of 'going to die' while awareness of symptoms is overwhelming.

    The third case has similar physical symptomatology as diabetic shock, but not as extreme. Adding to mentally is rapid automatic thoughts. Emotionally naturally is panic to the extent of running away and maybe a scream once or twice. BTW . . . they centered triggers from a car collision. Sometimes witnessing a horrific car crash or hearing one really close like in the next lane or at an intersection would trigger one. It would follow being sharply startled.

    1. Austinstar profile image87
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I have experienced low blood sugar too, and it does feel like you are going to die! The worst episode I had, all I wanted to do was lie on the floor and go unconscious. I worked in a hospital and they knew what to do, so I survived. But so scary.

    2. tsmog profile image77
      tsmogposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It sucks doesn't it? :-) There is a stark feeling of helplessness as you shared. The fight/flight response is apparent, but kinda' you said you want to surrender that kinda' . . . I dun'no how to describe it.

    3. Austinstar profile image87
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I think you have described it quite well. No one who hasn't experienced it is truly going to understand it. Sorry that you live alone, you need to be extra careful and carry sugar with you at all times & a phone!

  3. tamarawilhite profile image90
    tamarawilhiteposted 3 years ago

    A bullethole or lots of blood makes it self-evident.
    For the elderly, fading out in a way worse than prior bouts of illness.

  4. Austinstar profile image87
    Austinstarposted 3 years ago

    Working in a hospital for 38 years brought me in contact with all sorts of dead and dying patients.
    One was a 12 year old girl who had swallowed EVERY pill in her house - her grandmother's diabetic meds, heart meds, blood pressure meds, a whole bottle of aspirin. She died. How determined does one have to be to swallow over 300 pills? We never got to find out.
    One doctor I knew was killed by a drunk driver in front of the hospital. He burned to death. We all loved him because he was bright and friendly and smart. Can't beat death though.
    I have seen drug deaths, stabbings, shootings, car accidents, brains spilling out, guts hanging out, old people dying of pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes. You name it.
    We are all bags of meat held together with skin. When your brain goes, that's the end.
    If you get a chance to realize that you are about to die, you either accept it or fight it.
    The ones that accept it seem to have the least pain and stress while they are physically dying. Some of them even smile or at least just relax into it and stop breathing.
    The ones that fight death are miserable. They cry, scream, shake, physically fight their caregivers, and seem to die painfully, struggling to take that one last breath.
    Both groups have made remarkable recoveries, only to die at a later time. So, I don't think we ever fully realize that we are dying. We just accept our limitations or not, at the time.
    Sleep is called "the little death" and we are not afraid to go to sleep at bedtime, at least not usually. Some fear sleeping like a phobia.
    Slipping into death is very much like slipping into sleep or a coma. It's the not waking up that determines if you are dead or not.
    So, be grateful every day that you wake up. Every day is a gift. You can take your life and enjoy it, accept it, or be miserable and fight it.
    It's all up to the individual.

    1. tsmog profile image77
      tsmogposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Great summation!! I like the analogy with sleep. Kinda' can freak you out if you think too hard on it ;-) One ponders how aware are we aware of awareness. I guess that is why they have doctors and nurses . . . to be aware for us?


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)