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25 October 2007 @ 12:25 pm
Freakiest morning ever!  
(Note: This actually happened yesterday morning.)

I woke up because there was an impact on my back. In bed, I was lying on my side, my face toward the wall and my back facing out. I thought someone had hit me right at the base of my spine. I felt the blow! Mixed with the pain was a tingling sensation, like when your foot starts to wake up after it's been asleep. It spread. Up my back, down my legs, through my arms, and even up into my head the tingling went. It was weird. I'd never felt anything like it.

I tried to roll over, and I couldn't. That's weird I thought, and tried to lift my arm. It wouldn't budge. My eyes were barely open, only enough to see my pink bedsheets and a bit of my green walls. I tried to open them, to shut them, to blink - anything! - but nothing happened. I was getting scared, so I tried to open my mouth, to call out to my parents or scream. I couldn't do it! I couldn't even make a sound in my throat. Nothing would move! My brain seemed to be severed from the rest of my body.
Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a big black shadowy something standing behind me. I thought that was what hit me.

After several minutes (although it probably wasn't that long) the tingling subsided and a numbness settled in my limbs. I tried to move my arm and it twitched. I tried again, and again, with legs and toes and chest. (I must have been breathing that whole time, but I don't remember it!) After another minute or two I was able to sit up and wonder what the heck was that?

I got up, went to the bathroom, and then came back to go to sleep once more because I was tired and had a headache.

When I woke up again the same thing happened, but it was even freakier. My eyes were closed and I couldn't open them, so all was dark. My body wouldn't respond to anything I told it to do. In the dark theatre behind my eyes a light start flashing, white, getting larger and larger. I had a panic attack because suddenly I thought OH NO. I'M DYING. I don't want to die! I'm too young! Too much left unfinished! I haven't even finished reading The Purpose-Driven Life and I'm getting snuffed out? Unfair! So I kept thinking MOVE! and after several million years I opened my eyes and started feeling my muscles again.

It was SO WEIRD.
Obviously, not yet dead.
Within ten minutes of the second time (I didn't dare go to sleep again!) I was eating and everything seemed perfectly normal.
Nechtan Albaflameelf on October 25th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
It sounds like sleep paralysis.

Do a search on that and see if you can find anything that might be helpful. I have a friend who suffers like this off and on and she's been trying to find some answers.

Suzi: piranha - rotting doll.k00kaburra on October 25th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
That's what my boyfriend said. He sent me the Wikipage for sleep paralysis and it sounds pretty likely. Gotta say, though, it's one of the creepiest things that ever happened to me.
Anjalihappyluckyme on October 26th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
I have a friend who has been getting this since childhood. it made slumber parties at her house especially creepy. You could hear her moaning at times.

broken: scaredliich on October 26th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
is this true or a dream?
it sounds like you possibly just weren't awake yet (i have had those, "just move. move just a smidge and i will be able to breathe!" i used to dream my face was just under water so i couldn't breathe - i think i just plain stopped breathing at times! i am now very adept at waking myself up out of dreams) and, tho your mind was awake, your body was not.
if not this, i think you may have some praying to do...b/c it just doesn't sound right. if it happens again, go to a doctor and get checked out. the numbness doesn't sound proper. if it's nothing, then you pray b/c it could be something a little more...spiritual, if you know what i mean (i hope i haven't scared you).

hopefully it's just some really odd dream....
Suzi: piranha - kissing mirrors.k00kaburra on October 26th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
I was 100% sure it was real yesterday. Today I'm like 80% sure it wasn't a dream, but it could have been. Reading about sleep paralysis and its symptoms does sound a lot like that is the culprit. I did seem to be fully aware, just frozen. The flashing light and shadow figure could've been hallucinations.
(Of course, it isn't reassuring that so many cultures associate sleep paralysis with demons and ghosts.)

I am definitely praying about it, if for not other reason than it revealed a serious lack of trust in God's control.
whimsicalbeauwhimsicalbeau on October 26th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
As the page and I said before, Hallucinations are part of the deal with sleepy paralysis.
In any case (and you probably read it) if it keeps up, apparently it can be treated with medication, and it's common for it to happen to everybody atleast once in life
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on October 26th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
holy crap, are you okay?? o.O;; maybe you should go see a doctor to make sure everything is fine and to see if you can prevent it from happening again!
oilofjoyoilofjoy on October 30th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, that had to have been a horrible experience.... I hope it never happens again!