03-21-2012, 10:24 PM
(This post was last modified: 03-21-2012, 10:26 PM by Cutter.)
In High School and College I fell asleep while taking exams. Of course I fell asleep during class a lot. I have nodded off while driving and while stopped at red lights. I have dozed off while watching movies, while watching television, while watching baseball games at the park. The worst time to fall asleep is while my wife is talking to me. The next time that happens she has threatened to smother me with a pillow.
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i don't recall ever falling asleep at an inappropriate time or place.
My worst was I had not been using the CPAP for long and wasn't quite sure I liked it yet. I live in NC but my family live in NJ. I drove up for a visit and didn't take my machine. I was there for, oh, a week or so? Driving out on the PA turnpike, 65mph, fell asleep and hit the concrete median wall. Scraped the side of my truck, banged the front corner but freaked the crap out of me. I knew I was tired. I knew I should not be driving. But only OTHER people fall asleep at the wheel. I'd NEVER do that.
I was right. I'll never do that again.
Other than that, before CPAP use, I nodded off nearly anytime I was still enough. Red lights, stop signs, doc offices, etc. Probably the most embarrassing was at the checkout line at Kmart. Just closed my eyes for a second and zzzzzzzzzzz. I was snoring standing up.
Its either... doing 120km/hr down the number 1 (I flipped the car off the highway, spent 12 hours strapped down for C-Spine precautions, but eventually walked away) Or next to the loud speaker at a concert.... don't think my right ear will ever feel normal again.
Oh yeah...there was that time at an intersection with beeping crossing lights....I crossed on the wrong beep. And, oddly nobody honked or slowed down or stopped. Fortunately I stopped just in time to not become road kill.
You may be a dreamer, but I'm The Dreamer, the definite article you might say!