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"Solders of Reddit who have been shot before: What went through your mind when the bullet hit you?" –– We heard from more than just soldiers after Redditor Ijustwannaposthings asked one hell of a loaded question.

In a country that recently had travel warnings issued against it by other nations perturbed by its epidemic of gun violence, some of these stories hit rather close to home.


"You feel the impact..."

You feel the impact and then you feel weird. It doesn't hurt at the moment, but then you feel a burning sensation. The adrenaline kicks in and you instantly default to survival mode: get to cover, check your gear and see if you are still on the fight.

The first thing I remember is the blood. Despite what everyone thinks, you don't start spitting blood like a geyser and bleed out to death. Granted, it depends of several factors such as calibre, where it hit you and your body. Instead, you bleed little by little and if the wound is left untreated and you don't remain still, then the red flood starts.

Basically, my first thought was: << so this is what a bullet feels like, haha... shite>> and cue the sudden realisation that you are still alive.

JesterTheZeroSet

"My grandfather..."

My grandfather was in law enforcement. He was shot through the upper part of his thigh during an altercation and said he didn't notice anything other than a "spreading wet feeling" until the adrenaline wore off.

Jemayzz

"It didn't necessarily..."

I'm no soldier, but I've been shot. It didn't necessarily hurt at first, the worst part was the terror and dread of realizing there was a bullet in my gut and thinking I was a dead man.

howdyfckhead

"I was shot..."

I was shot in the lower left leg. At the moment of impact U felt exactly that, an impact. Like someone hitting me in the leg with a bat really hard. No initial pain, but i put that down to that we had been in contact for a few minutes and the adrenaline was pumping. Initially i thought i had tripped over something so i pulled it together and made billy bigsteps to the nearest solid object to get cover. Thats when i looked down and saw my trouser leg was a sightly different colour than what it was a minute earlier.


Thats when the realisation of what had happened sunk in. I don't remember saying it, but i was told by several people the first thing i said was " this is going to be a problem". It took a bit longer till the pain became noticeable. It's a burning pain, like when you accidentally stub a cigarette out on yourself, except it builds up into a different pain that i cant describe with words, it's just a new pain. The odd thing is i didn't find it to be a debilitating pain, its just there, its more of an intense discomfort.

The_Man-In_Black

"A soldier..."

A soldier I served with was shot through the hand in a gang incident before he joined the Army, and he said you could imagine it like getting your immunization shots delivered at pistol round velocity. It burns deep under your flesh.

Dunehound

"It was on a warm June Day..."

It was on a warm June day in 2018, 10 clicks northeast of Gao, Mali. My section was dropped off from a chinook to investigate a compound where the rebels were supposedly making IEDS. We had to walk about 20 clicks in the heat , following a ridge that was next to a dry river bed. We were about 2 clicks out when my bro spotted a radio tower in the distance. Intel was right for once. Lt got on comms to tell HQ what was going on when all hell broke loose. Suddenly mortars started raining down and we came under fire.

There was close to no shelter since that ridge was just a straight wall. One of the guys in the back spotted a foxhole about 100 meters west, so we opened fire. We were immediately met by return fire and I felt a sharp pain coming from my shoulder. I looked down and it went straight to my shoulder muscles and was bleeding a lot. I was dragged to a slightly better covered area where they started patching me up. I blacked out shortly after that.

Wooshmeister55

"I was talking to a guy..."

I was talking to a guy just an hour ago who was a sniper in NATO forces in Somalia. He told me how he was shot by a 16 year-old while giving some spare bottles of water to some other kids. He said it felt like being hit with a mallet but without much pain, then he looked down and seen the hole in his body armor, took a few steps forward, then hiss brain just pulled the plug and he woke-up two days later in the base hospital. The round didn't penetrate, but due to internal injuries he was on his back for 5/6 months.

josephanthony

Can't Tell. 

Most soldiers who have been shot don't feel it until they look at it, like many soldiers who have had their legs torn off don't notice it until they see that their leg isn't there.

LuckyWaffles121

In Depth...

Nothing, just a sight then the impact. They can't even feel the pain until after a couple moments. The heat of the battle keeps the going and we have to stop them to get them a medic. I know this post isn't that serious but just wanted to go in depth.

FSTNML

Sing Song Manner...

One time someone threw a Russian Anti-Tank Grenade at me and I def recall was a bizarre sort of resolve but mostly extreme irritation. I saw it coming but there was nothing I could do aside from call it out in what was apparently a much too Sing Song manner bc they thought I was kidding. I wasn't. Then it blew up and everybody was irritated.

DragonCat88

Under Fire. 

While under fire you almost never realize that you took a hit it's after when things have calmed that you begin to feel it or someone points it out then it's instant and it sucks so if you are ever in a firefight and see someone get hit unless it needs immediate medical attention keep quiet about it till the fighting ends or their condition worsens.

Golskyn

Oh Crap. 

I got hit 4 times on the chest and I didn't know what was happening until I was on the floor and couldn't use my arm to get up... Then I realized and thought... Oh crap.

NunaKhan

Try to Survive.

My grandfather was in a war (I don't remember which one) and he and his group were on patrol when they were ambushed. He was shot, and he was rushed back to camp. He wasn't supposed to survive, but he said that the one thing that went through his head when he was shot was the bullet.

Diamonds4days1

Punched. 

At first it felt like a punch, like a fist hit me in the gut and I thought I might have been hit but I knew I needed to keep fighting or else I would get hit. I punched her in the face and she dropped the broom so I jumped on her, held her down until she calmed down and I convinced her I didn't know who Teresa was or why she was texting me at 2am.

Afterwards I got up and realized that she never shot me, only punched me in the stomach with the end of the broom handle but it still hurt and left a pretty good sized bruise so... it feels bad, I'm sure. Later the next morning at work I remembered Teresa was an old hook up that I had forgotten about. I called her and we're meeting up soon but just to catch up on old times, not for sex.

Bacore

Rigged. 

Not a soldier but a courier, someone had my hands tied up and I was on my knees looking at him while he was talking, he had 2 of his buddies on each side of him, before he shot me, he said "truth is kid, the game was rigged from the start" he shot me and buried me, then a robot dug me up and carried me to a doctor and I survived with no injuries.

NoSkillxOverkill

The Bullet. 

So I just wanna point something out. For those who keep saying 'the bullet,' the last I knew, most generally, you cant get shot in the head with a military grade weapon without having some major repercussions. So how are you alive to be typing the joke you think is so clever?

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
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