Being in a coma...

To everyone out there:

   I have always wondered if people in comas dream, or let alone even think. In a related question can they hear when people are speaking to them? Also, does anoyone know of any weird medical cases involving comas? Thanks to anyone who can assist in quenching my curiosity.

At about age 17, my grandfather was in an auto accident that left him in a coma for about 3 months. I never asked him about it because I was didn’t want to seem rude and ask about personal stuff. It never occurred to me to ask him if he dreamed but he did once relate a story to my his daughter (my mom) about having seen an angel and being told it wasn’t his time yet. This would lead me to believe that they must have some dreams. There is brain activity at some rate so I can’t see why not.
He was brain damaged enough that he had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat with utensils and when WWII came along, he was declared medically unfit and wasn’t allowed to serve. His recovery was complete enough however, that at the time that I knew him, he showed no signs of ever having brain damage and he even invented things.

I was in one for about 3 days when I was in college when I first became diabetic. It’s kind of strange, I can’t remember ANYTHING about the time when I was in the coma, but when I came out of it I definitely knew that a lot of time had elapsed, and it wasn’t like I was asleep for a night or something. It felt different. But there were no dreams or anything like that. When I came out of it, basically I was healthy as a horse, there were no after effects from it, but it did mess up my mind for a while. I had a sort of amnesia for a while, where I could REMEMBER everything, but it didn’t feel like I had experienced any of the memories. It was like being able to go and read all the books in a library, but not having read them before. The memories were like brand new when I remembered them. Very strange. And I was like that until one night when I realized that a Jimi Hendrix song had some sort of meaning to me, and I mechanically went into my bedroom, got the album out (we’re talking late 80’s here), put it on the record player, and balled my brains out while I listened to “Are You Experienced?”. That’s what broke the tide and started bringing me back to myself. It still took another couple of days, but the docs said it was all normal.

Just keep in mind that “coma” is a very general term, and not really diagnostic of anything other than an altered state of consciousness where one does not respond coherently to stimuli. EEG’s of coma victims may resemble anything ranging from full alertness to normal sleep to brain death.

I hear tell of a condition called retrograde amnesia. Whereas one can recall events but later after words cannot.

Markxxx, what ?? howmany tequila’s have you had, coma’n now tell us …

you sentence reminds me of “all of your base are belong to us”

your sentence…your sentence…not you sentence…

bangs head

Markxxx: Words not make understand posting your spendid why?

Welcome to the boards, Mike.

Markxxx says:

Anyway, here’s a quote this is retrograde amnesia:


Welcome to the boards, Mike.

Markxxx says:

Here’s some information on what I think he was talking about: