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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:43 PM
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I guess now is the time and place - I got shot the other night
In the leg - and luckily its healing up nicely

I was so freaked out, never having been shot before.

Basically I was in Oakland after a flight. Being tired I ended up getting lost looking for the 580 entrance from the Airport. I pull over at a convenience store, and from no where I hear this "POP! POP!" and suddenly I feel this warm, slightly painful sensation in my thigh. I look down and there's this blood stain on my left leg, on the side. Luckily I could still walk to my car, grab a towel and drive home. Honestly, I don't think I was thinking right.

So I arrive home, and the wife proceeds to freak out. I haven't lost that much blood - but my jeans are soaked in it. The car is OK.

Anyway, long story short, flesh wounds aren't as fun as they are cracked up to be.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:44 PM
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1. Oh shit!
:o
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:45 PM
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3. Yeah, that's what I said later that night
I honestly think I wasn't the one being shot at, especially since the shot came from the side.

Also, it didn't go too deep. It was only a 22, and although IT FUCKING HURT, I could still walk and drive.

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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:44 PM
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2. Did you get medical attention?
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:45 PM
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5. Yes, and I'm glad for that
Otherwise the bullet would still be in me

But my first inclination was to just go home and fall asleep

Crazy that
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:45 PM
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4. Really?
I'm glad you are okay, but :wow: that is scary :scared:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:46 PM
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6. It is, and I still don't think I have fully realized what happened
To me, its just a sore leg with a bandage on it. And an excuse to take Vicodin (YIPEEE!!!!)

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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:47 PM
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10. Yarch - I was hoping you were joking or something
:(

Did you see a Dr?

:hug:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:50 PM
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15. Yes, went to the ER after I got home
I have no idea what I was thinking - it was like "Oh, well this will heal"

:shrug:
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:57 PM
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21. well I am so glad you are ok
:hug:

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:21 PM
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26. So am I thanks!
It didn't go too far in
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:00 AM
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68. That is fucking unreal
Hope you heal quickly.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:48 AM
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80. Watch out for that
Vicodin. That stuff will really put you in la-la land.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:46 PM
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7. I was hoping this was going to be a joke
I hope you heal quickly. That's terrible....I hope the people who did this got caught.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:47 PM
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9. I am healing quickly - luckily it was only a 22 slug
and didn't penetrate very far

Honestly, I don't think the person who shot me intended to do so - granted I'm a bit more worried for whomever they were aiming for.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:46 PM
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8. Did you eventually report it to the police?
Was anyone else hurt?

:scared:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:48 PM
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12. The hospital did. I have no idea if anyone else was.
I hope not...

I had to talk to a cop, who was (1) flabbergasted that I drove home and THEN went to the doc and (2) in the end, happy I did, because chances are I might have bled to death at the convenience store in Oakland. Cops don't always respond as quickly out there.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:50 PM
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14. Yeah you must've been in shock...
driving home like that.

Still, farily hard core yeah? :7
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:51 PM
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16. Fuck yeah
The funny thing is I distinctly remember rocking out to "reckoner" on the way home
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:56 PM
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20. Nice one.
:thumbsup:
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:34 AM
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71. Near Hegenberger?
the area west of the Coliseum is the worst part of Oakland for shootings and murders. it sounds like you were right over there if you were looking for 580.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:48 PM
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11. That's Oakland for ya.
:shrug:

Glad you're doing okay.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:49 PM
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13. Ahhh not just Oakland
SOUTH Oakland, as in near the coliseum

North Oakland is fine


Thanks :hug:

Wifey just about shat a brick when she saw me
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:53 PM
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18. You should probably get a GPS or something.
Getting lost in sketchy neighborhoods isn't a good habit to get into. :scared:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:17 PM
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23. Yes - and it seems I do this for a living
Yet - it is my home that I get shot

Should I be mad at this point?

The funny thing is that I'm not - probably because I have no idea who shot me, and didn't see their face

And, of course, because it did not hit bone, didn't damage the muscle much, just embedded itself with a burning sensation

That was just fucking WEIRD!
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:52 PM
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17. Hi Plaxico!
Anyway, sorry to hear about your leg. Best wishes in your recovery.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:55 PM
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19. Damn, dude. That's hardcore.
Glad you're okay. What brew will you choose to celebrate your okay-ness? :hi: :7
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:15 PM
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22. Oh I'm drinking it now
Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner

Save the Vicodin for some time I need it :)
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:17 PM
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24. meh...a mere flesh wound. Pour beer on it...You'll live. --
~~healing vibes~~
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:19 PM
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25. Yup!
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 06:19 PM by Taverner
:thumbsup:

I haven't seen it, but since its just a numb spot with soreness, I assume all is good
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:22 PM
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27. :-) Feel better soon
:toast: :hug: :fistbump:
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:23 PM
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28. Dear God...what a horrid thing! So glad you weren't seriously
hurt - I can imagine I would be freaking out too, just like your wife *lol*
Take care of yourself!! :hug:
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:26 PM
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29. Is light to moderate ground fire a common weather pattern in Oakland?
:scared:
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:25 PM
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63. Glad he didn't have to call
his 'Cousin Vinny!'
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:29 PM
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30. Did ya keep the bullet?
(yes I know, I'm sick, but I would have tried to make them give it to me - hell I probably would have tried to dig it out myself if it wasn't too deep)

Kali (who is impressed and secretly jealous of your badassness)
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:32 PM
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32. Yes I did!
it was small

really small

I'm not sure how badass it was, since I've had glass cuts that were worse.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:42 PM
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33. cool!
oh it is badass. The "cause" is what makes it so, not the size of the injury.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:09 PM
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47. At least I wasn't shot just to watch me die
:)
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:59 PM
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62. Zoiksgad!
sorry this happened, but glad you're ok.
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:31 PM
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31. How very scary. Yes, I too
think you were in shock, driving home and all. Glad to hear that you're on the mend.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:54 PM
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34. Oh jeez.
:(

Did you go to the ER?

Either way, I hope you recover fast.

:hug:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:02 PM
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39. I did, but it really wasn't that deep
Just a flesh wound! I'll bite your kneecaps off!
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:34 AM
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67. .22s are known for travelling up arteries and veins and lodging in vital organs
Like the heart, say.

:scared:


Glad you're okay. :hug:






I would guess the shooter was mabye 100-150 yards away and shot at somebody and missed. A .22 bullet fired level from chest height would drop a couple-three feet by the time it was a hundred or so yards out. Would also explain the last of penetration.


I know from personal experience that a .22 fired from a pistol will pentrate one side of a 55-gallon drum at point-blank range, so your shooter was not close.


Jeez.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:24 PM
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35. Holy.
Glad as hell you're still here with us is all Taverner.

Hope you heal up soon.

:hug: :pals:
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:27 PM
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36. Damn! So glad you're ok
you seem a lot calmer than I would be about that.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:05 PM
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45. I guess its because I wasn't hurt bad?
But like I told GOPisEvil, I'm trying not to entertain the "what if" scenarios.

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littlebit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:32 PM
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37. I shouldn't have read this post.
Damn man i'm glad you are ok. I have to go to Oakland tomorrow to pick up a load. Now I don't want to go.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:03 PM
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41. Stay away from the Colesium
Hang around Lake Shore Ave - its nice there
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:35 AM
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72. agreed on the Coliseum
but there have been shootings in the Lake Shore area and Lake Merritt area lately too. it sucks. about the only part of Oakland I feel safe in at night anymore are the hills and College Ave.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:36 AM
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73. you never hear about truckers going to the port getting shot
even though West Oakland is pretty rough.
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:01 PM
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38. Well, damnit.

I'm glad you are okay (basically), but...............jeez. Sorry.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:04 PM
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43. Yeah its kind of freaky, given the possibilities
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:03 PM
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40. Holy fucking shit!!
I'm glad you're ok, but holy fucking shit!!!!
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:04 PM
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42. Yeah! Kinda what I'm thinking
I'm trying not to entertain the "what if the bullet was 2 feet closer to my heart" kind of shit

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:22 PM
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48. Holy Shit - you just got me thinking
1 foot to the right diagonal, and my balls would have been shot off

:scared:

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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:04 PM
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44. Been 41 years since I was last shot.
That's when I decided to give up the habit. I decided it was more hassle that it was worth.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:06 PM
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46. Why does it burn so much?
Even after all has been extracted and everything?

I mean, I can't feel around the wound, but it still burns?!?!?!
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:27 PM
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49. They were loading me on a helicopter with my head about the size of a basketball
from swelling & bandages, and my arm was in a sling because of an AK bullet embedded near my shoulder blade. One of the chopper crew says "What happened to you?" I said, "I was shot." He said, "I always wondered. What did it feel like?" I asked him if he had ever been stung by a hornet. He said "Yes." I said, "Well, it doesn't feel anything at all like that."
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:23 PM
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51. Fuuuuuck you win badass award
Mine wasn't that painful, but it did take a chunk out of me.

I am guessing the sudden loss of nerves that once were there is what's causing the burning...
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:31 PM
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65. Its prolly the healing process
thats causing burning; nerves that aren't there DON'T FEEL!

Did they tell you to keep it clean, or see a Doc to do so?
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:33 PM
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50. Damn!
Glad you're okay. Hope the leg feels better soon. :hug:
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:24 PM
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52. Purple Heart!1 n/t
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:25 PM
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53. WTF????!!!!!!
holy moley!!!!!


I'm glad to hear you're ok, but




DAYUM!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:29 PM
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54. That's awful. Why didn't you go right to the hospital? You must have been in shock.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:40 PM
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55. I don't know why - at the time I thought I felt fine
Just a little blood...

Then when wifey saw me she freaked...
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:09 PM
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58. No kidding. I would have freaked too.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:44 PM
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61. if you were in a movie
you'd have been able to get right up and run after the perp, get shot again and then finally take him down and then get kissed by the gorgeous woman you've been secretly longing for.

Seriously though, that's some freaky shit. I'm glad you're okay. I would have pissed myself.
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:41 PM
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56. I'm glad to hear you are ok! n/t
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:45 PM
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57. What the hell?
Uh, let the healing begin...

Good thing it didn't nick an artery.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:41 PM
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59. You'll have to be popped eight more times to catch up with Fifty Cent.
I guess we'll have to call you 5.55 Cent now.

(Seriously, glad you're OK.)
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:43 PM
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60. Are you serious?
I mean, I've always heard that fleshwounds are a blast!

So sorry; that's a nightmare of mine. I hope you heal up quickly.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:30 PM
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64. Damn! I'm glad you're healing and okay.
:hug:

That is an experience I hope you never, ever have again. :(
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amitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:09 AM
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66. That is terrible and I'm so sorry but I'm glad you're okay!
:hug:
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:17 AM
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69. Glad to see you're ok
I have a brother who has been shot a few different times, more serious than what you had, but either way it has to suck. You're lucky though, shudder to think if it hit you in a more serious spot. At least you have a cool story to tell. :)
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:31 AM
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70. what exit were you at when you got shot?
I hate how Oakland is a death trap. I'm glad you are okay. I have friends all over Oakland and I worry about all of them. It used to be if you stayed away from East Oakland and the Coliseum area you were okay, but not any longer.

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:00 AM
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82. This was the Coliseum area
Instead of getting on 880 on the way back from the airport, I tried to find 580 and got lost
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:57 AM
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74. Holy shit, Mark!
You worried me enough to make me post on DU! Lots of healing vibes for you. Take it easy, ok. :hug:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 07:14 AM
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75. Geez
sorry to hear that

You got SHOT??!?!? :wow:
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 07:31 AM
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76. wow
Glad your ok and that it was "just" a flesh wound.....


lost
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 07:49 AM
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77. Holy Crap, glad your OK
I'm reading a book right now on survival and how people often choose the wrong response to life threatening situations when they should know what they are doing is wrong. I would put yours right up there.
Enjoy your brews and watch mixing them with the Vicodin.
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:08 AM
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78. Yikes!
Is random gunfire normal in that area? You sound so blase about it. But I'm so glad you're all right.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:46 AM
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79. Geez, Taverner, you're lucky you didn't bleed out sitting in damn traffic!
OMG. Did you have a cell phone? Did you think to call 911 to come get you? Yikes!

Glad you are ok.

:hug:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 09:59 AM
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81. I probably should have, but I wasn't thinking
Still I wasn't bleeding that much...
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:53 AM
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83. Oh my!
I'm so glad you are ok. How scary!

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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:12 PM
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84. I got shot once... doesn't hurt as much as you'd think... does it?
Did you call the cops? Were you targetted?
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:18 PM
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85. Well, that has to win the crazy story award
Glad you're okay and now you have a terrific conversation starter. :wow:
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