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Survivor Story: Erin

Near Metal Framed Window, Touching Metal Indoors


My name is Erin. I've been struck by lightning twice. The first time I was 14 and putting down a metal framed window inside my mother's house in Trenton, FL. The second strike occurred when I was 36, also inside my mother's house, painting trim while leaning on a metal scaffold.  The second strike is where I really began noticing long term effects. I now suffer from frequent and severe barometric pressure related headaches, some anger issues, problems focusing, inability to multitask on more than two things at a time, and I've basically lost the ability to do simple mathematics. After both strikes, life resumed as normal. It took a while to realize what it had done to me as there were no physically visible wounds.