Health care professionals often advise us to talk to a loved one who’s in a coma. Even ordinary people who know little about medicine or science also tell us to do so. They said that somehow our loved ones can hear us and feel us even though they’re in that state of deep sleep.
I wonder, what goes on inside a patient’s head while under a medically induced coma? Will comforting words and a gentle touch really help those patients recuperate?
In medically induced comas, doctors administer sedatives such as ketamine, which would temporarily put a patient into a deep state of unconsciousness. The procedure helps to protect the patient’s brain from swelling secondary to an infection or injury. The level of unconsciousness varies depending on the treatment provided by the doctor, and the capability to hear conversations or recall memories while in that state depends on the patient’s level of consciousness. Once the sedative wears off, the patient will regain consciousness.
An 18-year-old woman named Claire Wineland from Redondo Beach California vividly described her experience while she was under a medically induced coma.
Claire has cystic fibrosis—a disease that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.
The disease causes viscous and copious amounts of mucus to form in the lungs which impede the patient’s breathing.
Five years ago, Claire developed a life-threatening infection.
The doctors had to put her in a medically induced coma to save her life.
For two weeks, they continuously administered drugs to keep Claire in that state.
While she was “under”, she heard conversations and even gave a detailed account of the hallucinations she had. She said she hallucinated that she was in Alaska.
And she described that experience as the "best part" of being in a coma.
“I’ve never been to Alaska or shown any interest in Alaska. But somewhere in my sleep I kept going to Alaska and there were pine trees and cones and I was staring at the most beautiful scenery, and there was a little deer in the corner.
“It would be freezing cold and I wouldn’t care.”
But in reality, the doctors placed ice packs on Claire’s body to lower her temperature. She had such a high fever due to the infection. Claire narrated:
“So being iced, somewhere in my brain, I thought ‘ice: Alaska.’
“When you’re in a coma you’re still here, you’re aware of everything around you, but it goes through his weird filter thing in your brain, it goes through the drugs.
“It turns into something else when it hits your consciousness.”
Whenever she heard the voices of the people she loved…
In her mind she saw beautiful and comforting places.
And when medics had to put her in an uncomfortable position, her brain would “make up a story” about why she had to lie in a particular way.
Claire described her amazing experience and posted in her YouTube Channel called The Clarity Project.
Watch this amazing video:
Dr. Colin Schieff, a neurosurgeon and trustee of brain injury charity Headway said that patients who were in a medically induced coma normally remember their experiences due to the sedatives’ effect on the brain. He said that patients who were in a “naturally occurring coma” do not usually experience this; however, there’s no scientific way of proving it.
“Certainly, the drugs affect the way you’re able to perceive and interact in the world. In fact, these medical drugs are used recreationally to induce the same effects, we call it disassociation,” he said.
H/T: Daily Mail
Girl Keeps Creepy Diary Entries About Her Imaginary Friend
You will think twice if this girl’s imaginary friend is a mere make-believe or indeed existent. So creepy!
Imaginary friends are quite common for kids. It is actually part of their developmental growth. But as they grow old and become more exposed to the life, they gradually let it go and start to act like grown-ups.
It is quite amusing to hear little kids tell about their imaginary friends. They will tell stories about the toys they played, the activities they did and the stuff they talked about during the day. It enables them to use their imagination to the best of their abilities and in the process, learn the beauty of friendship, which they can apply when they make real friends outside.
But in this series of diary entries we found, we can't help but think twice about imaginary friends. After reading it all, we wonder how imaginary is an imaginary friend and up to what extent can we call them a make-believe companion? In short, we were totally freaked out!
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Christian Poincheval invented a pill that transforms stinky farts into a sweet chocolate aroma.
Too shy to fart in public because you know your booty belch has a hideous scent? Well, French inventor Christian Poincheval has the perfect product for you. This 65-year-old man has created a special pill that will make your gaseous releases smell just like chocolate.
How did this Santa Claus-looking hipster even came up with the ridiculous idea? As with many other inventions, it was necessity that pushed Poincheval to come up with a solution.
According to him, he was at a dinner with friends one night when they suddenly found themselves in a very unpleasant situation.
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She can fit inside your suitcase!
Most of us are having a hard time touching our toes without feeling even a little pain. It comes with age, you think. Or you may consider your yoga practice to be on point, but the truth is, you're probably nowhere near as flexible as Russian contortionist Julia Günthel. Don't worry: Nobody is.
Better known as Zlata, and she's not called the human folding chair for nothing. This back-bending and mind-blowing contortionist is widely considered to be the world's most flexible woman. She has been featured in the media for her specific talent: She can bend equally backward and forward, which is a rare skill (even within the contortionist community).
Zlata started her career at the tender age of four, when a teacher noticed how flexible she was.
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