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Never Ending Nightmare
By Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

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I awaken, shaking and screaming, from the nightmare that hovers oppressively overhead; my breath comes in sharp, frightened inhalations of terror.

My arms seem--to--be--caught--and I can't--get--free--I'm caught--I. CAN'T. MOVE--

My worst nightmare: being trapped, unable to move, unable to escape--I'm severely claustrophobic; the thought of being trapped and unable to move is enough to send me into sheer panic.

And every time I awaken, I realize that the nightmare will never go away.

I'm a quad. Quadriplegic.

Unable to move my arms, my legs. Trapped in a body that betrays, that won't obey signals from my brain. My limbs are dead things. No feeling, no movement.

It was the accident that did minute, I was a carefree, young woman, driving to work. I remember that it was raining steadily...

The next thing I remember, I wake up in the hospital; I try to move, but am unable to. I panic, and a short, black haired nurse comes quickly and quietly to my side.

"Wha-what--" I try to speak, but only a froggy croak emerges.

"Shhhh," she reassures in a gentle, yet firm, voice; her efficient, gentle hands stroke my eyebrows in a calming gesture. "You were in an accident, but you're in good hands here."

"Where--where's here?" (I don't know where HERE is.)

"Nashville Memorial Hospital. You're in Neuro I. C. U.," the nurse says.

"How--How long have I been here?" I ask.

"You've been here several days; you were badly hurt, and I'm glad to see you're awake now. You've had us all kind of worried," she says, with a small smile.

"I can't moooove," I moan. "What's going ooonnnnn..." The panic rises like a malignant fog.

"Shhhhhh, dear. Shhhhhh," she soothes. "You are in a traction bed; you had some bad injuries; the doctor doesn't want you moving around unnecessarily. He will be in to talk to you about your injuries as soon as he gets out of surgery."

She looks down at me with tenderness in her dark eyes. "Are you hurting? Do you need something for pain?"

The horror of realizing I can't feel my arms or legs chills me to the bone.

All I can feel is my head--and I can't move it, either--everytime I try, sharp pains on either side of my head resist movement.

My arms--my legs--! I can't feel ANYTHING!

Why can't I feel? Why can't I move??

(C) Karla Dorman, 2003

*end of part one*

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Reviewed by White Dove left 9/26/2005
{{{{{ Wonderful talents You Share }}}}}
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/3/2004
Reviewed by Divinity 11 12/31/2003
wow, chilling...puts the reader in the place of the victim

aka gypsie
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 11/30/2003
In an abstract way, I can so identify with this story. Back in 1986, my foster daughter was shot several times by an unknown assailant-- while driving her car at night. From August 3rd until almost December, it was determined that she was paralyzed from the waist down: she never would walk again. Tammy was hysterical when the doctors gave her the news. But, Mom here, said, "Who are you going to believe? The doctors or God. Today, Tammy walks; albeit, with a very strong gait. As far as the doctors were concerned, Tammy was a miracle several times over: 1) she didn't have enough blood to pump her heart by the time she reached the hospital; 2) she should have been in a perpetual coma, once she did leave emergency for ICU; 3) she never was in a coma; and, 3) she walked long after the doctors determined it was too late. They say if a toe doesn't move within the first 6 weeks, then no walking. Tammy didn't move for 4 months!

Well written, Karla: a good writer can imagine what your character would experience-- and you did. ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Connie Washburn 11/26/2003
Swept me right up and left me hungry for more! Excellent write!
Reviewed by P. Michaels 11/19/2003
Hi Karla,

I don't know if I've read any of your writings yet. I've read Karen's. This really held my interest. I've been wondering if the girl in this is a real person. Very good write.

Thank you for your review of mine.

Reviewed by Sandra Corona 11/9/2003
Sometimes we wish to close our eyes to reality but, as you've written here, we must deal with it and get on with our lives.
Somone once commented to me that those born with 'noticable' birth defects shouldn't be allowed to live, what rubish! Life is more than a perfect mind or body. Life is living despite hardships.
Hang in there! I'm here for you too.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 11/6/2003
very strong capture the feelings and the tone of being in such a situation quite realistically...scary stuff, here, but real for too many people.
Reviewed by VicToria Freudiger 10/15/2003
Karla, thank you for visiting my site and commenting on my work. In this busy day and time... well you know, thanks. As far as "Never Ending Nightmare" is concerned, you had me spellbound. As an editor by trade, most of what I read is done so with a 'special eye.' This eye of mine changed as I read your piece. I began to not look for things to be changed, etc. I began to remember my car wreck - the one where my car broke through a bridge because of broken brakes. I landed into 10 feet of water. However, I survived only later to read and relate to King's "Misery." Now your story brings me back there again. Thanks and job well done. I saw not one word I would change. Is there another chapter?
Reviewed by Tamara Dailey-Keur 9/30/2003
Wow, this is amazing... Awesome!
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 9/17/2003
So Compelling! You keep me in suspense! I shall read more!
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 9/5/2003
Karla these type nightmares come and go all through life. It was only a bad dream. Regain your control after
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 9/3/2003
Stunning Write, I think it is very well written!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/27/2003
This was a wonderful write I am looking forward to reading more of this...
God Bless
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 8/27/2003
A very chilling write. Very well done.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/26/2003
Very scary chilling write Karla!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell 8/26/2003
Such a chilling write. {{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/26/2003
This write is pack full of emotion that has been well written. Great write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/26/2003
sounds good so far; love the way you incorporated Louisiana Sandusky into your write! Can't wait to read more of this young woman's story; this is a compelling start so far! (((HUGS))) and love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :D

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