I was driving 40 mph, but luckily I was yards from the Post Office. I was heaving and choking, but no air was getting into my lungs. I recklessly pulled into the parking lot, almost hit three parked cars and pulled into a space. I don't even remember pulling in and putting it into park.
I remember feeling like I was underwater because I wasn't choking on food, I was drowning in water! I tried to inhale ever so slightly just to get enough air into my lungs so I wouldn't pass out. I felt another seize. I felt my lungs shut off. Then, a cough forced out a spatter of water out of my lungs. Again I tried to eep in some air...again, I gacked out a tiny spray of water. I was feeling light headed and like someone had my lungs tacked down like they have frogs tacked down before they dissect them in science class. I knew I needed to get more air in quickly or I was going to pass out. I was looking around to see what I would do if I wasn't making my own progress. But I was seeping air into my lungs, s l o w l y . . . .
For the next ten minutes I continued to gasp, gack, cough and spew water in that parking lot in my truck feeling really stupid and lucky at the same time. When did I forget to swallow water? It's one thing when someone chokes on food, but inhaling an entire mouthful of water? It sucks enough to inhale a few drops!! We've all done THAT before.
I guess yesterday was my unlucky and lucky day. Not that this is a monumental story or anything, but it scared me. The idea of not breathing and not seeing an end to it was scary to me. Air is good and I was alone so counting on myself when I'm freaked isn't comforting one bit!
Pay attention when you are drinking. How stupid would that have been to be in the headlines??
"Joanna Schmidt drowns in Post Office parking lot"I would have been mortified.