Weirdest dream ever

Last week I had a somewhat disturbing dream. Not for what happened in it, per se, but for what I felt.

So I was walking down the street—it was my mother’s street—and outside of her building was a loitering stranger. The front door was wide open, and I was immediately suspicious. That’s when a sudden blast exploded in my ear. It felt like the sound of incredibly loud speaker feedback at close range—that is, deafening, shocking, ringing, unbalancing. In my dream, I had been shot in the ear by some sort of ear-blasting dart that rendered me deaf in the left ear.

Livid, I ran up to the man and began to yell: “WHAT THE F— WAS THAT?! F—ING HELL THAT HURT! OUCH! WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST DO TO ME?” (Yes, I have a potty mouth even in my sleep!)

He didn’t answer, and I went inside to make sure my mother was OK. I remember talking to someone and saying I couldn’t hear out of my left ear. Slowly, it started to get better, and eventually my hearing returned. I woke up, unsettled, a few minutes before my alarm.

What happened? Maybe nothing. I may never know. But that pain was so real, so ridiculously amplified and tangible, that I find it hard to believe I dreamt it. My ear felt fine when I awoke, but a little tingly. Not painful, for sure, but… off. Still—at 5:57 a.m., it’s hard to tell what’s on and and what’s off.

A week later, I can still imagine that pain in my inner ear when I recall the dream. I feel it down my spine and in the back of my head and, when I yawn (this is the oddest thing), I feel that tingly, pressured numbness. It’s almost like I’m on an airplane and the damn thing is popping from the pressure drop.

Dreams are so odd. I guess it doesn’t matter whether o not the ear-blasting dart happened in real life—it really hurt. And I hope it (whatever it is) doesn’t happen again.

4 thoughts on “Weirdest dream ever

  1. i used to have dreams where i was being shot. they started with pain, and in the worst one i could feel the bullet go through my neck and i could feel the blood pouring out of my neck, and myself getting weaker. :shudder:

    i’m so grateful i don’t have dreams like that right now, and i don’t think i’ve felt things like that from dreams in the waking state, but maybe.

    dreams can be wild and intense. we have so much material in our subconscious, it’s amazing.

    hope you dream of having great sex with michael pollan to make up for it. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. :-D

  2. @Fern: I should have been clearer. I don’t feel the pain from the dream in the waking state, but I remember vividly how it felt–and remembering it touches some nerves, I think. But it’s not like I get shooting pain in my ear as I’m walking around.

  3. I used to get woken up all the time by this intensely unpleasant metallic “noise” that was loud and harsh inside my head. It happened from childhood into my twenties, always unpleasant, and I am positive it didn’t correlate with any real-world sound. And then at some point it just stopped happening.

    The weird thing is, this is the first time I’ve ever mentioned it to anyone.

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