IAmA person who was stabbed in the neck and experienced clinical death 3x one year ago today. AMA.
Backstory: This time last year, I was in a very rough mental state. I was at the peak of my depression due to my GF of 8 years cheating on me and leaving, my house flooding for 3 days after I left out of town (top floor flood, so it trashed every subsequent floor), my car being hit, then being stolen after being in the body shop, and losing my job, all in the same year.
I was out at a local neighborhood bar that I really treated like a second home away from home. I knew all the staff there and was so close to the management that I found myself in the kitchen and office areas getting my own stuff at times. That particular night, there was a karaoke competition going on, and a absurdly drunk angry older man started screaming at the host and declaring she was racist and that the competition was rigged. Keep in mind, this is a "you don't win a damn thing" karaoke competition, not american idol caliber. Having judged this competition several times in the past, and being a friend of the host, and generally disliking anyone that is going to scream racist insults and be belligerent to a woman 1/3rd of their size, I told the guy to basically fuck off and that the competition was not, in fact, rigged. The manager kicked him out, and that was that. I thought.
I went out into the parking lot some time later to have a cigarette (no smoking in bars in colorado) and thats when I was ambushed from behind, having my neck slit from the right side of my neck all the way across to my adams apple. From here, it's a blur, I don't remember much. Some witnesses say he kept stabbing at my neck, which would make sense as there's additional cuts and scars on the other side of my adams apple, and on my chin. I can remember thinking "OW WHAT THE FUCK THAT HURT", then missing memory, then running holding my neck, looking down at my shirt and thinking "huh, i thought i was wearing a white t-shirt..." then it occurred to me that my shirt was only red due to my blood and even more strangely, I thought to myself "oh, shit. I guess i'm dying now." and faded into blackness as i began to fall to the ground.
The final moments that I remember were incredibly strange. My perception of time was wayyyyy off. I remember feeling like i ran across the entire parking lot, and remember having plenty of time to look down at my shirt and think to myself about my shirt and contemplate what had happened and realize that i was going to die, but witnesses say i took one step and dropped like a ton of bricks. Also, the realization that this was the end for me was very calming. I was pretty angry as I was just attacked, and in a lot of pain because, well, getting stabbed/slashed fucking hurts, but once I had that realization, it all faded away, and I was completely calm. The serenity was unreal.
While I was out, a bunch of people came to my rescue. A friend of mine, a fellow redditor, chased the guy down and led police to him. Another friend of mine at the bar at the time, stuck her fingers into my neck to stop the bleeding. A veterinarian who was working out at a 24 hour fitness nearby heard the commotion and came out and gave me first aid. Then the ambulance came, and took me to the hospital. During the ride, my heart stopped for the first time. They were able to bring me back and get me there safely, but the doctors there were unable to fit a breathing tube down my neck, so they were forced to air-lift me to another area hospital. On the chopper, my heart stopped again for the longest stretch, 2.5 minutes. They were able to bring me back and land me at the next hospital, where they were able to get me hooked up to a ventilator, but during the course of surgery, my heart stopped yet again, and my lungs failed (ARDS). Third restart was a charm, though, and it's continuing to beat today.
After 2 weeks in a coma, my lungs started working on their own again, and I woke up.
Total damage: damaged both jugulars, my thyroid, carotid artery, and vocal chord nerve.
***NOTE: I gotta head in to work. i'll continue this when i get in. thanks!***
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***Final Edit: wow! the response has been amazing! you're great reddit! going to bed for the night, i've got a flight in the morning so i'll answer what i can when i wake up =) ***