I have been hit three times. I received a direct strike through a window as I was walking through my living room while in Oak Ridge, TN, in 1995. The lightning went on to hit the TV and melt the circuit board. I was hit in the stomach and received a burn on my right arm and blew a hole in my shirt sleeve. I had severe neuropathy [tingling or pain] the instant that I was hit that never went away completely, though after a few months, it wasn’t quite as severe.
In Flagstaff, AZ, in 2005, I was hit while on a landline telephone. Ruptured ear drum and severe head pain.
In August 2007, I got hit in my right hearing aid. I heard a static electricity sound in my right hearing aid and got severe stabbing pain where the hearing aid touches the skull behind the ear. Lightning had just struck in the woods in front of my place while I was out on the porch just seconds before I experienced the hit to the hearing aid. From that, I had temporary pain behind the ear, tinnitus, and it has flared the PTSD.
I now have severe neuropathy, chronic pain, digestive problems, aphasia, aphraxia, frontal lobe damage, PTSD, and short-term memory loss, which has been diagnosed by a neuropsychologist.
I was struck by lightning about 12 years ago. No one ever told me you weren’t supposed to be on a landline telephone during an electrical storm. So, there I was, calling in a carryout pizza order, when I noticed that the lightning and thunder was getting more intense and coming more frequently. I heard static on the phone line, which kept getting louder and louder. Then, I heard what sounded like a loud explosion, and at the same time, I notice a bright white light at my feet, which was football-shaped and had spikes. It blew me across the floor, and I was knocked out for a few seconds.
My son came running into the kitchen to find me laying there on the floor. When I started to get a numbing feeling on one side of my body, starting at the toes, and working upward, he called 911. After spending several hours in the emergency room, they confirmed that I had been hit by lightning through the phone lines.
After the strike, I notice a strange side effect. It’s almost as if I get Extrasensory Perception (ESP), every once in a while. There have been times where I speak someone’s name, someone that I haven’t been heard from or seen in MANY years and all of a sudden, they walk in the door. Or the time I KNEW my plumbing was going to back up in the laundry room. And sure enough, that night, it happened. I’ve had eerie feelings about things just before they actually happen. I’ve actually created a list (somewhere in my house) of these incidents because I couldn’t believe it myself! Most people that know me are amazed. And so am I. This periodic thing only started AFTER my lightning incident.
In 1977, while living in Brandon, Mississippi, I was in the garage of my home working on a riding lawnmower chassis. I was using my electric drill at the time. My wife saw what I was doing and advised me that the lightning storm outside was getting pretty bad and that I should wait until it was over to continue. I chose to ignore her and told her that I was in no danger.
Seconds later, lightning struck the power transformer on the power line pole outside my home. The surge followed the wires and ultimately the power drill I was holding. The jolt stiffened my muscles in such a manner that I was thrown from one end of the garage to the other. The only damage was to my ego in knowing that my wife was absolutely right!