Skip to comments.Hold muh beer: Lightning survivor gets hole in cap, skips hospital
Posted on 08/31/2007 3:05:20 PM PDT by llevrok
SUMMERVILLE It was raining and lightning was popping when Greg Schneider went out to check the mail shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.
That's about all Schneider, 37, remembers after a lightning strike burned a 2-inch hole in his favorite Ducks Unlimited baseball cap.
Schneider wound up sprawled on his back on the front lawn of his house on Alwyn Boulevard.
"There was mail all around him," neighbor Brian Koellner said.
Schneider said he came to as Koellner's 11-year-old son, Taylor, poked him and called out, "Mr. Greg, Mr. Greg."
Another neighbor leaned over him and asked, "Greg, are you OK? Your hat's smoking."
Paramedics tried to get Schneider to go to the hospital, but he refused.
He complained of a twitch in his right eye and said he ached down to his joints. He was initially unable to recall his own birth date, and about an hour after the strike he still didn't remember driving home from his job as a general contractor.
It's not unusual for people struck by lightning to suffer from memory loss, according to the National Weather Service. Other symptoms include attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, joint stiffness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression and an inability to sit for long.
Schneider pointed to a small black spot on the bottom of his right foot near his toes that he said wasn't there before the strike. He was wearing brown, rubber flip-flops that weren't damaged.
His dark brown, curly hair was falling out in the area underneath the hole in his olive-colored cap. "I got half a haircut," he joked with Koellner.
He just doesn't want to remember how it happened.
Emergency crews told Schneider the lightning most likely hit something nearby and traveled over to him. He said he was walking away from his metal mailbox when he was hit.
Documented lightning injuries in the United States average about 300 per year, but undocumented injuries are likely much higher, the National Weather Service said. A 17-year-old soccer player died Wednesday in Spartanburg after he was struck on the head by a lightning bolt.
First to say “Zot”. Glad he’s okay. I’ll bet his boots are what saved his bacon.
Yeah, superheating the fluid in your head by transfering that type of energy through it will do that.
Brown, rubber flip flops are not boots in Texas.
I would really be ticked if anything happened to my Ducks hat!
While I'm very glad the guy's OK, I think I'll omit any redneck jokes....for now.
Getting closer to your ‘types’, lol.
Not quite the right word!
It's not the lightning, it's the second hand smoke that'll get you.
That's called a mullet.
Do not take lightning if you are currently taking MAOI's, have liver disease or a compromised immune system or if you are currently taking nitrates for chest pain as that may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Common side effects of lightning include attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, joint stiffness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression and an inability to sit for long. Lightning may also cause sudden blindness, hearing loss and death. If you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours while taking lightning, seek immediate medical attention.
My “summer beach” theme
Cars, underwater action, Q’s gadgets for 007, Bond girls, all need to be rotated
I was heavy on 007’s cars and
Interesting is Diana Rigg (’Mrs. Emma Peel’ in the Brit TV show “The Avengers”) was picked for the female lead “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (first non-Sean Connery James Bond lead 007 film)
And Patrick McNee (as ‘Steed’ in the same Brit TV show “The Avengers”) in “A View To A Kill” at the racetrack with Roger Moore as James Bond
The promo-poster photo/art for “For Your Eyes Only” with Roger Moore as 007 is a scene borrowed from “You Only Live Twice” with Sean Connery in his last (5th) 007 (official) film
Now I know what happened to Miss South Carolina.
"God gave me this mullet. It's a mullet from God."
If you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours while taking lightning, seek immediate medical attention.
That only happens to people named McLeod who have just cut off somebody’s head.
a "certain Molly mule" was struck a total of FIVE (5) times by lightening, while being ridden by "coasties". ALL the riders were killed or suffered "life threatening" injury.
the mule escaped harm (dying years later of old age, according to Frank X. Tolbert), which should tell you a lot about the strong constitution of mules. certainly this particular mule was TOUGHER than the coast-guardsmen.
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