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  1. #1 Lightning bolt lips 
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    For a few seconds before a lightning bolt hit a tree a few meters from my fiancee about 18 months ago, she felt a strong build-up of static electricity (which for instance made her hair stand up straight). Just after the strike, which naturally was accompanied by her getting a great fright, she felt a tingling feeling in her mouth, almost like you would get from pressing a battery against your tongue. Now, eighteen months later, she swears that whenever she gets a fright or are very cold, she immediately gets that same taste in her mouth again and that she's afraid the ligtning that struck so close to her left some residual electricity in her body which might predispose her to being struck by lightning in the future! Even though I try as hard as I can to explain to her that her theory is baseless and that a better explanation would be that she feels a spark in her life because of my electrifying personality, she doesn't want to budge at all. Could there be a biological reason for the "electric" feeling in her mouth that started after the lightning strike?


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    I don't know much about this, but enough to say that a body can't hold residual electricity. It travels through the body to the ground very quickly, and nothing remains. So you don't have to worry about being predisposed of getting struck by lightning. Apart from people who have large chunks of iron in their body, we all have an equal chance of getting struck by lightning (and maybe the chunks of iron aren't even enough to cause a change).


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    If you read my post carefully you'll see that the part about residual electricity was actually a joke. The real question was about other possible explanations for the feeling in her mouth. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burger
    Any ideas?
    Yes! it could be that since we are made up of metals or have metal in us (some people more than others) that the lightning messed with her metal balances in her body so now she feels that in her mouth. If this is so then it might go away in few years or sometime later. if you got the time and money id get a metal test maybe from her hair and see whats going on in that category.

    if she still feels the effects of the lightning then this could be serious so it something to definately consider.
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    For a few seconds before a lightning bolt hit a tree a few meters from my fiancee about 18 months ago, she felt a strong build-up of static electricity (which for instance made her hair stand up straight). Just after the strike, which naturally was accompanied by her getting a great fright, she felt a tingling feeling in her mouth, almost like you would get from pressing a battery against your tongue. Now, eighteen months later, she swears that whenever she gets a fright or are very cold, she immediately gets that same taste in her mouth again and that she's afraid the ligtning that struck so close to her left some residual electricity in her body which might predispose her to being struck by lightning in the future! Even though I try as hard as I can to explain to her that her theory is baseless and that a better explanation would be that she feels a spark in her life because of my electrifying personality, she doesn't want to budge at all. Could there be a biological reason for the "electric" feeling in her mouth that started after the lightning strike?
    Your fiance is a very lucky person, just before lightning strikes there are a number of streamer paths which last about a second or so. They can be spread over an area of several hundred metres, they are very low current 'corona's - then lightning decides which of these paths it is going to travel down.......

    Take her to a musuem where they let you play with a thing called a 'Van der graff generator' it will show her that you and her experience the same thing when exposed to static electricity. Many people are afraid of lighning just live with it, and maybve she'll get her old spark back...
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    Thanks for you ideas guys! Given the source of her concern to begin with, I'm not sure if she'll be very interested in getting any "spark" back in her life like one of you suggested though! :)

    As far as the metal balance idea is concerned, I'm a bit sceptical. I will certainly make sure that they check it out whenever she goes for medical tests again, but I seriously doubt if something like that could stay constant for 18 months without causing any other symptoms. I also don't understand how the lightning could have triggered this, because except for vaguely saying that the electricity had "some type of effect" on the metals in her body, I'm looking for a more detailed explanation. I know this woman intimately and I can assure you guys that she will not at all be impressed by anything I say except if I can make a detailed scientific argument without any glaring gaps or flaws in it!!

    Bottom line : I think you guys are just as stumped as I am to come up with a decent explanation! Come on! Help me here!

    PS - We're getting married next weekend, so there is certainly some sparks coming her way again pretty soon! I'm FULL of electricity for her!
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    I found this: http://www.arsqrp.com/ars/pages/back...lightning.html

    Check the part about the injuries. (or just read all of them)

    "Psychiatric disturbance such as phobia and post traumatic stress usually accompanies a significant lightning injury." <-- this maybe what happened to her.

    It's all in her mind. My suggestion is to start at a very small thing like introducing her to that Van-der-graff generator. Or buy her an electric pen (the pen that you trick your friends with to get them electrified) to play with.
    "Understanding is better than memorizing."
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    Thanks A.J.,

    Even though I'm not quite convinced yet, you certainly came up with something that has more substance to it than the other guys did!

    I basically agree that it is probably all in her head, but I don't think the reference in the article quite applies to her (remember that she wasn't hit, but only got a fright). The whole thing isn't really very traumatic and we joke around about it most of the time, although she is addament that there is really a strange feeling in her mouth!
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