I was doing some outside work on June 26, 2008. It had
rained on and off most othe the day, no thunderstorm just rain.
The last shower had just ended so I went back to work hanging a
shutter on the
front of a moblie home.
I had my left foot on a ladder and my right foot
on the tongue of the home. At approximately 5:20 p.m., I was facing
the home when I saw a brillant light in front of me and felt
something coming through the ladder and through me. I had a 18
volt cordless drill in my hand. I saw what looked like a electric
arc going from the tip of the drill point I was using into
the side of the home. I felt the ground shake under the ladder.
Other people that were there onsite told me afterwards they heard
a deafing bang, then someone yelled. They said they ran towards
me. The lightning strike was about 25 feet from where I was working.
I never heard the bang or the yell. I am deaf so I wouldn't hear
I went and got checked out by a doctor. He shook my
hand and said he was proud to know me because he had never met
anyone who had survived being struck. Since this has happened
my short term memory is mostly gone. I'm having problems with my
legs and joints not wanting to work very well. I tire out very
quickly even doing minor tasks, then when I try to sleep I only
sleep for a few hours. My temperment has changed a great deal compared
to what it use to be. I can feel thunderstorms when they are many
miles away. I can feel the lightning that's in them when they pass
by. I have done some research on how I can deal with some of the
issues that has come about since being struck but haven't had much