Man sleeps for 10 hours unaware of kn...

Man sleeps for 10 hours unaware of knife stuck in his back

There are 52 comments on the WFTV Orlando story from Dec 10, 2013, titled Man sleeps for 10 hours unaware of knife stuck in his back. In it, WFTV Orlando reports that:

A New Jersey man is apparently is a very sound sleeper, or has a very high tolerance for pain.

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#22 Dec 11, 2013
60s chic wrote:
It's possible the knife hit nerves that otherwise would have caused intense pain. I had a Lipoma tumor in my back once. I didn't know it was there until one day I noticed that every time I moved a certain way, I'd feel a sensation in my back that would cause me to suddenly giggle or laugh. It was like I was being tickled. Anyway, it was discovered that I had this benign tumor. I had it removed in the outpatient facility at the hospital. I had a localized anesthetic, although the doctor began cutting almost immediately before it took effect. It never really hurt, even afterward or days later. Oddly, I could feel the blood oozing out from the wound when the doctor was cutting. It felt like ice water. Also, I could see most everything the doc was doing. I was facing a cabinet with glass so I saw it all. The stitches didn't hurt - even after the supposed anesthetic wore off. The real horror was after a few days, I was shopping and the wound somehow came open. I remember some lady screaming and running up to me. She thought I had been stabbed or something, because there was blood all over my back. I never felt any sensation or pain as one would feel if their back had been entirely wet with blood from an opened wound. I went to the ER and my doctor came in to see me and told me I probably should have been kept in the hospital because the surgery was pretty deep. Nice. Did he once think that I could have possibly bled to death!? Anyway, the point is, when nerves are cut, a person may not be aware of an injury. That's why we are meant to feel pain when something goes wrong, otherwise we wouldn't know it and would bleed to death or be unaware that something was wrong.
Wow! Sorry to hear about your experiences, and you are right, nerves are there for a reason. I remember reading about some surgery that Joni Erickson-Tada had done after she became a quadriplegic. The goal was to shave down her hip bones to prevent bed sores. The surgeon didn't even bother to anesthetize her, knowing she'd never feel it (not much different than having an epidural and being awake the whole time). After the surgery, she sat up as she was taught (she had feeling from the shoulders up), and the doctor ordered her back down. Sitting up like that ripped out a number of sutures.

I believe I have lipomatosis as I've been covered with what feel like lipomas my entire adult life. However, I had something on my back I thought was a lipoma. But one day, I was feeling it and realized it had no pain and was firmer than the other lesions, and I thought it had gotten larger. I got to kneading it, and something hard started coming out like a plug. Then as I continued to squeeze, a long fatty "string" kept coming out - enough to make about a 4 mm ball. So it was not a lipoma, but an impacted sebaceous gland. I still haven't figured out how it got that impacted without getting infected and forming a boil. I guess that saponized "plug" formed a very good seal.

Sorry if this is TMI.
60s chic

Bethlehem, PA

#23 Dec 11, 2013
Spotted Girl wrote:
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Wow! Sorry to hear about your experiences, and you are right, nerves are there for a reason. I remember reading about some surgery that Joni Erickson-Tada had done after she became a quadriplegic. The goal was to shave down her hip bones to prevent bed sores. The surgeon didn't even bother to anesthetize her, knowing she'd never feel it (not much different than having an epidural and being awake the whole time). After the surgery, she sat up as she was taught (she had feeling from the shoulders up), and the doctor ordered her back down. Sitting up like that ripped out a number of sutures.
I believe I have lipomatosis as I've been covered with what feel like lipomas my entire adult life. However, I had something on my back I thought was a lipoma. But one day, I was feeling it and realized it had no pain and was firmer than the other lesions, and I thought it had gotten larger. I got to kneading it, and something hard started coming out like a plug. Then as I continued to squeeze, a long fatty "string" kept coming out - enough to make about a 4 mm ball. So it was not a lipoma, but an impacted sebaceous gland. I still haven't figured out how it got that impacted without getting infected and forming a boil. I guess that saponized "plug" formed a very good seal.
Sorry if this is TMI.
Wow SG, I never knew a person could have their hips shaved, but there are probably dozens of surgeries I haven't heard about as yet.

As for what was ailing you, I'm glad for you that it was just a sebaceous gland and nothing more serious like cancer. My lump was definitely a lipoma, and from what the doctor told me, it was very close to my spine. If it hadn't been removed at that time, it would have continued to grow, possibly causing paralysis. I feel lucky that I had at least some sensation to make me realize that something wasn't right. I remember when I felt that sensation whenever I would turn or bend, so I reached back to feel the area in my back and that's when I found the lump. My initial thought was, omg, it's probably cancer. But thank God it wasn't. My doctor told me lipomas are quite common. It's amazing what our bodies do and put up with. It's wise to be aware of our bodies and inspect them routinely for anything that might seem abnormal or out of the ordinary. Right now, I'm having some issues with my eyes. I have dry eyes which is common as we age. I use eye drops daily for irritation/allergies and to help keep my eyes from being dry. I'm just getting over what I thought might be a cold/virus in my eye, but I had a similar situation last year and my opthomolgist told me that the tear duct has become defective. In other words the duct opening isn't functioning properly and doesn't release enough tears to keep the eyes bathed and from drying out. He told me I may need surgery to enlarge/open the tear duct. That would mean cutting through the side of my nose to get to the tear duct! I have learned their are a few other minimal procedures so I will consider those options first. Sheesh, I never thought I would be facing issues with the tear ducts of my eyes. Anyway, I also have been using warm compresses on my eyes a few times a day and that does help. Another thing that helps is wearing sunglasses when I'm on the computer. Sounds crazy I know, but the bright screen light seems to aggravate the condition.
60s chic

Bethlehem, PA

#24 Dec 11, 2013
Correctin: I have learned there are... not their are.
Eltons John

Medford, NY

#25 Dec 11, 2013
I have slept for more than 10 hours with my lover stuck in my backside.

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#26 Dec 11, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
He might have been drunk, but he got the point.
ROFL

and u get the prize for that one! Good job!

too funny..
:)

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#27 Dec 11, 2013
The Counselor wrote:
He is numb to it. A knife in the back is much less painful than being married.
Now that's a *cutting* remark to females :)
The Counselor

Medford, NY

#28 Dec 11, 2013
Grace Nerissa wrote:
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Now that's a *cutting* remark to females :)
All of them? Or just the married ones?
;-)

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#29 Dec 11, 2013
Spotted Girl wrote:
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No, it would be manslaughter as he wouldn't have been able to kill himself in his sleep if someone hadn't planted the knife in his back in the first place. It is all about "approximate cause" under the law. Even if someone else exacerbated the situation, and death resulted, the initial attacker is still guilty.
I read of a recent situation like that where a woman stabbed a man, and he passed out in the street and was ran over twice by two different drunk drivers. So who's responsible? Really, all 3 contributors should do time. But in the eyes of the law, the woman set it all in motion and would be guilty of at least manslaughter 1. If I was her lawyer, I'd probably plead her to that unless the DA is willing to offer less, since she might get murder 2 in a trial.
From what you wrote, it seems it's all cloak & *dagger* stuff:)
City Worker

Lawndale, CA

#30 Dec 11, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Once I dreamed I was getting a deep relaxing massage. Then I awoke to discover it was just a knife in my back.
FYI: Once I dreamt

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#31 Dec 11, 2013
City Worker wrote:
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FYI: Once I dreamt
FY your I. Either dreamed or dreamt is acceptable.
But I appreciate the attention.

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#32 Dec 11, 2013
I keep a knife in my sock drawer so I can protect them from that dryer.

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#33 Dec 11, 2013
dirtyjocksock wrote:
I keep a knife in my sock drawer so I can protect them from that dryer.
Aaaawww! You are so nice and helpful! Can I move into your (sock) drawer?

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..truths become questionable.

#34 Dec 11, 2013
I found a solution! Sock cops! If we can get some of these we won't have to live in fear any longer.

http://www.containerstore.com/reviews/laundry...

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#35 Dec 11, 2013
Fuzzy Sock wrote:
I found a solution! Sock cops! If we can get some of these we won't have to live in fear any longer.
http://www.containerstore.com/reviews/laundry...
I love those itty bitty handcuffs.

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#36 Dec 11, 2013
dirtyjocksock wrote:
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I love those itty bitty handcuffs.
You know the old saying, "Feel safe tonight. Sleep with a cop!"

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#37 Dec 11, 2013
dirtyjocksock wrote:
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I love those itty bitty handcuffs.
Pervert!
:P

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#38 Dec 11, 2013
Holey Sock wrote:
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Pervert!
:P
Oh no not me. you must be thinking about our friend, koc sock. We used to call her sleeping with a cop koc sock.

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#39 Dec 11, 2013
dirtyjocksock wrote:
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Oh no not me. you must be thinking about our friend, koc sock. We used to call her sleeping with a cop koc sock.
What ever happened to her? She used to just hang around all the time.

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#40 Dec 11, 2013
Fuzzy Sock wrote:
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What ever happened to her? She used to just hang around all the time.
When the cop dumped her for being dirty and worn, she wouldn't leave him alone. now she's in jail for becoming a stocking.

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#41 Dec 11, 2013
60s chic wrote:
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Wow SG, I never knew a person could have their hips shaved, but there are probably dozens of surgeries I haven't heard about as yet.
Well, the surgery on Joni was back in the late 60s or early 70s. I guess he removed part of the hip joints or around there so they wouldn't protrude. That would likely mean she could never walk again, but she was already paralyzed, and the goal of the surgery was to improve quality of life. She would be unable to feel discomfort there or flip over to give part of her body a break from the pressure, so that meant she could get bed sores in certain place. The surgeon removed part of the bones to distribute the pressure more evenly when lying on them.

Speaking of surgery, there was an episode of The Swan. You might not care for cosmetic surgery and competitions on the basis, but sometimes, the surgeries provide a practical benefit or help doctors find a serious problem. This one woman participated after having lost her husband to cancer. She didn't like her nose or her teeth. She didn't like one hump on her nose, and there was something that seemed to appear over time that she didn't care for either. She the surgeon makes the first incision to get in to smooth out the bone, when he found tissue in there that didn't seem right or like it belonged. He did the responsible thing - he took a sample for biopsy, closed up and aborted surgery. She was disappointed at this minor setback. Then they told her the news. That thing growing on the side of her nose was basal cell carcinoma. It isn't an aggressive cancer, but they still would want to get it all. Now because of this, the surgeon had to take more tissue than would have created the optimal cosmetic result, but he apparently got all of it out and did the best he could on the rest. She didn't win the competition part, but she walked away with a better appearance, less weight, less inner demons, and a healthier view of herself.

As for the guy with the knife in the back, it is possible like you said that nerves got cut. Immediately after the initial pain of such a trauma, the area would be very numb for the first few days. The other phenomena that doctors talk about come later, as healing begins, and the brain tries to make sense of the missing inputs. So that part of the brain may grow new neurons to try to compensate, but in doing so, the patient may feel things that are not there or have involuntary twitching in the affected area.

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