That might have frightened me a bit but not enough to keep me out of the water, ever ! I probably wasn’t that frightened when I was about two and jumped off a dock into the lake, or the time before I could even walk and the washing machine somehow flooded the floor. My mother said I was lying on my stomach and moving my arms as if I were swimming. I am very grateful for the swimming lessons that I was allowed to take. I am sure it allowed me to feel even more comfortable in the water as I got older. My brother, Don probably almost drown once when he was floating in an inner tube at a park pond. I happened to look at him from afar and all of a sudden he tipped and for some reason seemed to be stuck in the tube and his face was in the water. I’m sure he was afraid and was panicky. He definitely was trying to get himself upright but was unable to. Thank God, our dad saw him and ran into the water to save his life.
I knew a stewardess who told me that drowning was a most peaceful way to die. So I did some research and I found many, many opinions of how fear, panic and struggle in no way sounded like a peaceful way to die. I tend to agree that a person will do anything to try to survive and that these would be normal functions and emotions at first. However I also read some accounts that express that after these things you would experience euphoria and that you actually die from asphyxiation.
Asphyxiation - where the body does not receive adequate oxygen in order to function. Typically caused by the air not getting through to the lungs and euphoria is medically recognized as a mental and emotional condition in which a person experiences intense feelings of well-being, elation, happiness, excitement and joy.
I also started to read about the difference between drowning in salt water as opposed to fresh water and how the lungs react differently and what it does to our bloodstream and how you may end up dying from cardiac arrest even if you survived drowning.
I got confused and tired of reading about drowning and decided I didn’t care if it was a peaceful way to go or not all the while hoping I never have to find out.
I am just going to enjoy every bit of my swimming with no worries. How about you?