Making Sense of an Eating Glass Dream

Eating glass is absolutely not normal behavior, to say the least. If you’ve just woken up from an eating-glass dream or a variation of a glass-and-mouth dream, I can’t blame you for being disturbed.

In real life, eating glass or having glass stuffed in your mouth can be quite painful. You can cut the insides of your mouth. There’s going to be a lot of blood spurting all over the place.

We could all agree that it is far from a pleasant experience. Not surprisingly, waking up from this dream would equally be unpleasant.

You might even feel panicked. Your heart may be pounding as you frantically touch the insides and outside parts of your mouth to see if everything is okay.

The good news with such disturbing dreams is the fact that they are almost always never prophetic. Just because you saw something traumatic and disturbing in your dream doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to happen in your actual waking life.

But this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. There’s a reason why your subconscious has used such a disturbing set of images to try and get your attention focused on certain areas of your life.

General Interpretation of a Dream About Eating Glass or Broken Glass

Generally speaking, when you see this type of imagery in your dream, it is a representation of something unpleasant or painful in your life.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself: “Well, if it is unpleasant, uncomfortable, or painful, wouldn’t I already know?”

Interestingly enough, there are many situations and realities in our day-to-day lives that we have learned to ignore, make excuses for or even consciously overlook. It’s as if we have trained ourselves to become blind to unpleasant realities to the point that we no longer see them for what they are.

From time to time, we get glimpses of their existence, but we’ve grown so accustomed to them. It’s kind of like having an ugly piece of furniture delivered to your home.

At first, you can’t stand looking at it. Every time you walk through that room to get to another room, you are reminded of your bad decision. Just one look is enough to make you feel disgusted, embarrassed, or uncomfortable.

But pretty soon, the rest of your life catches up to you and you get into a routine. You’re focused on just getting from day-to-day, and pretty soon you don’t even see the couch.

Until from time to time, a friend comes by and asks you: “Where did you get that ugly couch?” The same applies to unpleasant realities.

What Unpleasant Realities Have You Trained Yourself to Be Blind to?

Become honest with yourself and answer these questions:
• Have you had an abortion in the past?
• Did you get caught stealing at work?
• Have you been fired in a very public and embarrassing way?
• Do you masturbate to pornography?
• Are you addicted to hearing bad news or gossip about people you know?
• Do you have a tough time preventing yourself from constantly comparing yourself with people on your social media timelines?
• Do you wish ill about some people who seem to live so much better lives than you?

You can fill in the blanks from this point on, but I hope you get the pattern.

Everybody has some sort of habit, mindset, and past that we’re less than happy about. We’re all human beings and being part of the human species, we make mistakes. We are far from perfect.

But some of us agonize more about these than others. While others simply view certain realities as painful and embarrassing and shameful as they may seem at some level, you may be thinking that if you don’t see it, it won’t bother you.

I really can’t blame you for thinking that way because you just want to get from one day to the next. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that just because you refuse to acknowledge something in your life doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have an effect.

Maybe It’s Time to Open Your Eyes to the Consequences of Your “Invisible Problems”

When you engage in this practice of turning key experiences and realities invisible, you will feel like a massive load has been taken off your shoulders.

You don’t have to see it. You don’t have to look at it point-blank every day. You don’t have to remind yourself of how badly you screwed up or just how messed up that decision was.

It could be having a child. It could be marrying the wrong person. It could be taking on the wrong job.

Again, fill in the blanks.

So, you come up with all sorts of stories and narratives that you repeat yourself on a day-to-day basis until they create this illusion that somehow masks and ultimately renders invisible that mistake.

But nowhere in this scenario did you stop and say to yourself:

“I made a mistake.” or “I’m taking ownership of this, and I’m gonna stop blaming other people.” or “I’m gonna stop beating myself up and make better decisions.”

No! You don’t do that. Instead, you opt for the more comfortable approach, which is to just dismiss it.

Well, when you have an eating-glass dream, your subconscious is telling you that there are consequences for those decisions. You may refuse to see them, but the consequences play out in your day-to-day life.

For example, if you married the wrong person, what do you think the day-to-day impact of that will be?

Here you are — living a lie because you’re constantly compromising with the fact that you’re not happy. You’re not fulfilled. You feel that on an emotional level, you are not living up to your fullest potential.

All you can see is this person’s drawbacks, and it feels so heavy because you have to make up one justification after one excuse, not just to other people but to yourself. And pretty soon, all those lies, justifications, cop-outs, and other failed coping mechanisms become so heavy that you feel you can’t escape it so you lash out and you become a less-than-stellar parent, to say the least.

Maybe you take out your anger on your children. Perhaps your disappointment in yourself is manifested in toxic relationships at work.

All of these springs from the fact that there is this decision or reality that you’ve been tip-toeing around, and it seems that nothing seems to work. You’re still miserable despite the stories that you tell yourself.

A Glass in Mouth Dream Is a Call for a Moment of Truth

You may be thinking at this point:

“Well, I’m stuck. ‘The cat is out of the bag’ or ‘The toothpaste is out of the tube.’ Pick your cliché. Regardless, my life is what it is.”

Well, you have to pay close attention to what your negative traits are.

• What are the habits that led you to where you are? Have they changed?
• Have you even made an effort to identify what they are or make certain modifications and changes in your behavior?
• Or, are you just saying to the Universe: “Well, this is who I am. Accept me for who I am.”?

The truth is there is a right path, and despite how many times you try to duck out of it and try to give yourself an excuse as to why you can’t go down that path or why you can’t make that kind of decision, it will remain true and you will remain stuck.

Because the truth is not going to become false no matter how hard you try, and the opposite is also true. So, what are you going to do now?

When you see yourself munching on glass in your dreams and there’s blood pouring out of your mouth and panic fills you, your subconscious is telling you that your decisions and the realities that flow from them have an impact on you, and it’s painful.

Even though you have come up with one story after another and recruited a lot of people close to you to believe in that story to numb you from reality, all of those tricks fall apart because you know what is the real truth in your life.

It can be an addiction. It can be a personality issue. It could be certain trauma that you really haven’t coped with from your past.

It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the way you’re handling it isn’t working out, and this is your number one negative and everything else flows from it.

The image of you eating glass, choking on it, and vomiting what seems like your guts in your dream is your subconscious basically just screaming at you: “I’ve had enough! You had enough! These things aren’t working out!”

And it doesn’t matter how big your house is or how well other people regard you because, even if it seems like you have your act together, eventually, if there’s a rotting and imploding core inside, it’s all going to give way.

You’re not fooling anybody, least of all yourself.

Confronting Yourself Is Easier Than You Think

At this point, you are probably thinking:

“Well, I’ve had all this trauma happen to me in the past. I was abused. People abandoned me. People weren’t kind to me.

I had to do what I had to do and this is the best that I can do. I’m trying to just get from day to day.”

And that’s precisely the problem because if you’ve been doing that, there’s just so many things you are knocking out and covering over as you go from day to day, and none of them are getting close, based on your dream of eating glass, to really addressing the real issue.

I’m gonna come out and just say it. This is really an elaborate form of moral cowardice!

Nobody likes to be called a coward. I know I don’t. But it is what it is.

And it’s really painful to realize this on a personal level. Avoidance only leads to further mistakes.

All you’re doing is just kicking the can down the road as far as the massive implosion of pain, embarrassment, humiliation, and destruction that it would bring. Sure, it’s not happening now, but you’re not doing yourself any favors by postponing it again and again into the future.

What’s really terrifying is that you can postpone it to the point where there are so many people riding on you and depending on you, and that’s precisely when you have a meltdown. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not fair to you, but unfortunately, you did it to yourself.

What Does That Dream of Seemingly Coughing out Blood After Eating Glass Mean?

Well, look at glass. It is transparent. Transparency means seeing through things.

It means no more games, no more hiding, and, yes, no more cowardice.

I know that’s easy to say. In fact, it rolls off the tongue, but you have to look at your fears straight in the eye.

What Do You Really Have to Lose?

You may be thinking to yourself:

“Okay, I’m gonna give this a shot. I’m gonna be completely honest with myself.

I’m going to uncover the 800-lb elephant that I’ve kept in the middle of my mental and emotional room for so long.”

You take off the covers and you go layer after layer, and you start seeing the elaborate, deformed, grotesque massive lies that you have built for yourself over these years.

And it scares you because you don’t want to lose other people’s trust. You don’t want to embarrass yourself. You don’t want to bring shame to people close to you.

And worst of all, you don’t want to be hit with this feeling that you’ve lived your life for all these years and what do you have to show for it?

A whole lot of nothing! So, I can understand the almost, irresistible urge to just put the covers back on and just pretend that there’s nothing wrong.

But you have built your life on certain false pillars. Maybe it’s avoidance. Maybe it’s a false memory. Maybe it’s just a grudge that you’re holding that doesn’t really mean much of anything now.

You have to let go. You have to see that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain because, once you start living a life of integrity and authenticity and you learn to forgive, you gain tremendous freedom.

There’s nothing left to apologize for. There’s nothing to hide from.

Instead, you have endless possibilities right in front of your eyes. You can be anybody you want. It’s a new beginning.

But most people don’t want to deal with this. They’d rather be stuck with the devil they know than the angel that they don’t know.

Not surprisingly, in this context after a moment of truth, a glass-eating dream takes a different turn when it comes to its meaning.

The Dream Interpretation of Eating Glass Can Mean Keeping Your Mouth Shut

Your mouth is your main tool for communication verbally with the world. While it’s true that most of the signals people pick up from you when you’re trying to get something across are nonverbal, your mouth plays a big role in your ability to communicate on a day-to-day basis.

But when it comes to responding to a moment of truth, the almost universal reaction a lot of people have is to shut up. They just clam up. They’re afraid of what they’re gonna say next because they haven’t been this vulnerable before.

A wave of insecurity comes over them followed by another way and another one after that.

They might ask all these questions:

“Do you mean to tell me that the way I’ve been handling things is by lying to myself?

Do you mean to tell me that this is all just a giant, intellectual, and psychological sham that I have been perpetrating on myself and my loved ones?”

You know deep down inside what the answer is, and that’s what’s crippling. So, you just want to shut up.

Just like somebody who discovers that they just chomped down a nasty piece of glass in a bid to avoid any further injury to the soft, sensitive inside lining of their mouths, they shut up.

Be Very Careful of What You Say When You Dig Deep into Your Soul

But if you are serious about overcoming the issues unearthed by this obviously disturbing dream imagery, first of all, I would congratulate you for your courage.

You are definitely taking action to get out from under the shadow of the moral and psychological cowardice that had led you to a very paralyzing path. Congrats for at least having the willpower to want to break free from all of that.

But you have to watch what you say at this point because right now, you’re still trying to figure everything out.

You’re still trying to come up with an alternative coping mechanism that will help you get to the outcome you desire. You’re trying to access your new freedom in a way that hurts as few people as possible.

Because as you probably already know, one misplaced word or one statement out of context is enough to cause irreparable harm to your relationships. So, it’s a good idea to watch your words.

I’m not gonna say you’re gonna have to shut up, but you’re gonna have to watch your words.

Always Place Yourself in the Shoes of the Other Person When You Open Your Mouth

But since you’re going to go through a sensitive type of adjustment process as you work your major issues that have been in plain sight while equally being invisible in your life, you’re gonna have to be sensitive to the people around you.

And this is what freaks out a lot of people because there are no hard and fast rules. It’s as if there are no well-defined lines that would tell you to go from Point A to Point B in some sort of regular, systematic, and transparent manner.

I wish I could tell you that there’s some sort of magical checklists that you just need to follow and everything will be resolved, and you will be well on your way to the golden age of your life with all its attendant freedom and happiness.

That doesn’t exist. You still have to feel your way around.

And just like with any kind of hit-or-miss situation, chances are, you will hit and knock out more people than you care for.

So, in this type of situation, the best advice anybody could give you is to put yourself in the shoes of the person you’re interacting with.

Let’s say your mother has always pushed you to win her affection. For instance, she might demand that you get straight A’s for her to even hug you or tell you that she loves you or somehow validate you.

You have to be very careful with her because as you try to unpack that 800-lb relationship elephant, your words might cut so deep that there will no longer be any hope of reconciliation. Your words might be so focused that it seems like they’re coming from a place of revenge and retribution than one of hurt and the need for reconciliation and healing.

Do you get my point?

So, to avoid this, you have to look at her and step into her shoes. What kind of words would she want to hear?

But these words should also lead you to the place where you want to go. This of course takes clear thinking.

Please don’t jump to any conclusions or feel like you’re under some tight timeline.

Space it out. Give yourself permission to think things through and put together the right strategy so you can reconcile with key people in your life until your mental and spiritual living room is finally clear of invisible 800-lb elephants.

Other Meanings of Eating Glass Dreams

You know you’ve had a glass-eating dream when the primary focus of your mental camera during your dream is your mouth and your reaction to biting down and chewing on glass.

The rest of your dream imagery would flow from that action. I’m talking about the blood, the coughing, the gagging, the lacerated tongue, and all that.

The main focus should be on you eating the glass. So, if this is your dream, pay attention to the context because these small contextual cues can shift the meaning of the dream from the general interpretation of the need to deal with issues that you’d rather not speak about or be in denial about.

What Does It Mean to Eat Glass in the Middle of a Dinner Conversation?

In this context variation, your mental camera would show a scene where people around you are talking. Maybe you’re eating some snacks or a meal, and the whole idea is conversation.

If you see yourself choking or biting down on glass in that context, you probably would feel a tremendous amount of embarrassment and shock. At the same time, you’re horrified at the fact that you might be injuring yourself by chewing on glass.

In this context, your dream means that you have a tactless side. There’s a part of you that seems to have a talent for saying the wrong things at the wrong time to your friends or other people who you trust or respect.

You don’t want to lose these people. You want them in your life, but you can’t help it. You just say the wrong word or you bring up something that embarrasses them, brings back bad memories for them, or otherwise puts them in a negative light.

So, it’s really important to understand that you have this quality. Own up to it.

Your subconscious is showing you the strong graphic image to let you know that your words are often hurtful. They’re off-putting. And despite the fact that these people do love, trust, and respect you in return, people do have their limits.

And, in many cases, the reason why your subconscious is sending you this very strong and pungent graphic imagery is your relationships are on edge. It’s as if one of your friends who you go way back with is telling himself or herself: “If he or she does this again, that’s it. I’m out.”

How do you deal with this?

Well, your subconscious is telling you to be more careful with how you talk to people. Don’t let the fact that you’re comfortable and intimate with somebody give you the license to disregard their feelings and sensitivities. Just as there are certain topics that are off-limits with you, extend the same courtesy to other people.

And if they are really your friends and if you have known them for quite some time, you know what their sensitivities are. Don’t dwell on them. Don’t treat it as some sort of joke.

What Does It Mean to Dream of Being Forced to Eat Glass?

If the context of your dream involves some sort of force like a gun pointed at you and the person is forcing you to eat glass, this can indicate extreme discomfort with certain social settings or arrangements in your life.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself: “Well, I don’t see myself being forced to say something or not say something.”

Well, think about it more deeply.

Are you in a group of friends that have your own collective 800-lb elephant in the middle of the room? There’s this unstated rule that we shouldn’t talk about this or that.

If you’re honest with yourself, you should be able to at least find a couple of examples in your life. Almost any social group will have these, and the penalty of course is they boot you out of the group.

So, ask yourself: “How is being forced in this situation affecting me?”

And if you feel that you need to change the situation, what can you do to get everybody to maybe change their views about something that they’d rather avoid and possibly come up with a better strategy?

Maybe you’re the person that everybody has been waiting for to get a better understanding of something that’s been holding them back. Instead of fearing that you will be an outcast, you might just be the person that everybody has been waiting for to lead them out of that situation.

They might even be thankful to you for it.

But what makes this challenging is that a lot of people have this Messiah complex. They have this oversized opinion of themselves that they’re gonna save the group.

Don’t do that. It’s very off-putting.

Chances are, you might just have a few people say to you to shut up. And when that happens, you know that you’ve gone on the wrong track.

Being Forced to Eat Glass Can Also Mean Manipulation

Another meaning of a dream where you’re forced to eat glass involves oppression and manipulation.

Again, when people think of oppression and manipulation, they imagine all sorts of display of force, like somebody pointing a gun at your head or somebody threatening to stab you.

In real life, it doesn’t work that way. Instead, you are pressured by group-think. You are manipulated by sweet words or by emotional blackmail.

And at this point, you don’t care that something is wrong. You’re more afraid of losing people’s respect.

But they’re manipulating you. In many cases, these types of arrangements are built on the reality that these people don’t care about you. They just see you as the means to an end.

You’re just a tool to them. You might think the world of them, but it doesn’t matter. You’re just another face in the crowd to be used.

I know it hurts to realize this, especially if you’re a member of an “elite group.”

But it is what it is. And your subconscious is telling you that you, on a deep level, are aware of this.

Now, the ball is in your court. What are you going to do about it?

Positive Interpretations of Eating Broken Glass

For the most part, dreaming that you’re being forced to eat broken glass or you’re choking on such a substance, is negative. It indicates denial, delusion, peer pressure, and tactlessness, and other negative ideas.

But in certain contexts, eating broken glass or a dream involving eating glass objects can have a dream interpretation that is quite unexpected. If certain symbols are present in your dream, the interpretation can actually be quite positive.

Here Are Some of the More Common Variations That Lend to a More Positive Reading of This Dream Symbology

Seeing Someone Eating Glass or Choking on a Piece of Glass Can Mean a Call to Action

When you see somebody you care about choking on glass, it is your subconscious’ way of telling yourself to take action over issues that you’ve been procrastinating on.

Maybe your career hasn’t been going the way you’d hope. Maybe that issue with your mom has stagnated for so long that you just feel that all hope is lost. You really can’t get her to truly love and accept you for who you are.

Again, I can go on and on. You know what your issues are.

When your subconscious plays this trick on you where you see somebody else choke on glass instead of you going through the ordeal, it is trying to tap into a very powerful human psychological instinct.

You see, human beings are less likely to make changes when the change will benefit them personally and directly.

I know it’s shocking because, based on our day-to-day experience, we are out to take care of ourselves most of the time, but it is also true that we bargain with ourselves.

Let’s take one common example of weight loss. You need to lose 50 pounds.

You know that doing so will be very good for you because it would mean that you reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer as well as all sorts of heart conditions.

Intellectually, you can wrap your mind around all of that and the benefits are on point. They make sense.

But, despite that, you don’t hit the gym. You don’t wake up at 4 am and walk or run around the block.

You don’t do any of that because your mind starts bargaining with itself. Your habits get the better of you. In the back of your mind, you know that you should do certain things because they’re good for you.

But you don’t!

But now, let’s flip the script. What if you have to do something to prevent somebody else from getting harmed?

This is the reason why people with pets are able to stick to a schedule. They can’t stick to a schedule when it comes to taking medicine for themselves, but you best believe that if it’s their pet or their child, they will be on time every time.

Your subconscious, when it’s showing you somebody else choking on glass, is trying to tap into this very real psychological reality.

When it comes to fundamental changes and changes in habit, you are more likely to be motivated when you are trying to help somebody else.

So, when you see this dream image of somebody you know choking a glass and you’re trying to help them, it’s your subconscious still telling you about that 800-lb elephant in your room, but it’s doing so in a roundabout way.

The bottom line is if you’re not gonna do it for yourself, do it for somebody you care about like your child.

So, for example, if you’re dealing with past sexual abuse and the trauma that it caused you and trust issues that you’ve had to live with all these years and you’ve been tip-toeing around it with your father.,

If you’re not going to try to resolve it for yourself, resolve it for your kids because that kind of trauma is passed on from generation to generation.

And that’s just one example. There are countless other examples out there. Fill in the blanks.

What Does It Mean When You Choke on Glass and Are Overcome by Surprise?

In this context, your dream is telling you more about the surprise than the glass. In essence, you assumed one thing, and turns out to be a completely different thing entirely.

So, the mental camera on this dream focuses on the surprise. The glass is just a tool that triggers the surprise.

If you have this kind of dream, then your subconscious is telling you that there are certain positive surprises happening because you put in the work.

Don’t continue to believe that you’ve been putting in all this time day after day, and there’s really no reward.

Part of you just wants to give up. Part of you has already given up and just looks at this like a routine with no rhyme nor purpose, and you’re just a prisoner to this pattern.

Well, your subconscious is telling you, when it’s focused on the surprise of you eating glass, that things are gonna happen in a very big and surprising way because you’ve laid the foundations. Put simply, this is a message to not quit.

What Does It Mean to Dream About Seeing Someone Die from Eating Broken Glass?

This indicates guilt. Ultimately, when you imagine eating glass, even though it’s presented in the form of another person going through that ordeal, it’s all about you.

And this image indicates that the relationships you may have with people close to you — maybe it’s your family members or maybe it’s a romantic relationship — are suffering from the unresolved issues that you have.

You love these people and they love you in return, but your refusal to deal with your issues is hurting them. It’s weighing them down.

And it is no surprise that your subconscious is showing the death of a person you care about to draw attention to your moral cowardice regarding these issues. And to some extent, it can also be a reflection of just how much damage the consequences of the things that you’re in denial about.

For instance, if you’re having validation issues because you felt your mother never really expressed her love for you in a way that you can understand and can cherish, you best believe that this is going to have an impact on your own relationships.

You may have a tough time, either expressing affection or you go overboard into going the other extreme, and are overly affectionate and smothering.

Neither of these situations is good, and your subconscious is telling you that these consequences are happening in your life and they can be traced somewhere.

So, again, by seeing somebody else go through the ordeal, your subconscious is trying to trigger you to take action. Or, at least awakening you to a sense of emotional urgency that can lead to action.

What Does It Mean to Dream of Eating Broken Glass Being Stuck in Your Throat?

This indicates that you know that you have a problem dealing with self-delusion and denials and other related issues, but you can’t seem to go all the way in solving the issue.

You are alarmed at the consequences of these things in your life. You can see how harmful they could be, but you are kind of torn between your subconscious mind and your waking mind.

You feel nervous about figuring out the truth and sharing it with the people around you. You think that it will cause even more problems.

In reality, you’re caught in a process called analysis-paralysis. There’s a part of you that is just holding back and hoping and wishing that somehow, someway, somebody would step up and give you one magical piece of information that would make your problems go away.

Of course, deep down inside, you know that this is a fantasy. There is no third person coming to the rescue. You’re gonna have to do it yourself.

Not surprisingly, going through this dream variation indicates your emotional fragility. There is a part of you that has the strength of brittle glass when it comes to deep, emotional issues.

And the more you focus on that glass stuck in your throat, the more you connect with this very brittle part of yourself.

For most people, this is enough to tell them: “This is not worth doing. I’m just gonna have to live with this thorn for the rest of my life.”

You’re welcome to do that, but you have to ask yourself: “What if I took care of this when I had the chance? What kind of life would I be living?”

And that’s precisely the bigger thorn that you’re going to have to live with because when you ask people on their death bed, they’ll tell you that their biggest regrets are the things that they didn’t try.

They don’t apologize for things that they tried and failed. In their minds, that’s resolved.

“At least, I did my best. I tried, but things didn’t work out. I’ve moved on.”

But what eats them up, up until the moment that they’re gonna be lowered into the ground, 6 feet under, are the things they didn’t bother to do. They knew they should do it.

But they found excuse after excuse to not try.

Finally, there’s another variation to all of this. See below.

Dreams About Calling for Help After Eating Broken Glass Means Betrayal

If you see this type of dream imagery and you’re calling for help, it’s a warning sign that someone will betray you.

Do not trust sweet words coming from some people who are even close to you. You think you know these people, but in reality, they are not what they appear.

What makes this especially bitter is that their reaction is a consequence in some way to one of the 800-lb invisible elephants in your mental room.

Dream Example #1

In a few days, my darling little girl will turn a year old. My husband and I were so excited to celebrate her birthday that we meticulously prepared every detail. We finished decorating everything the previous night.

On her birthday, we got up early and started cooking and baking for our lunch guests. Our newborn girl was gleaming that day, and I thought to myself, “This little baby has so much power she can make our day simply by smiling for a minute.” We were so preoccupied with party preparations that she was alone in her room, napping.

She’s only recently learned to crawl.

We weren’t concerned about her waking up or crawling somewhere because she was sleeping. I was in the kitchen with my husband. We suddenly heard her screaming and crying and we were startled.

We raced to the living room to see what had happened. She somehow ate glass and right and her lips got deeply wounded. When she crawled into the living room, she broke a glass. She took a large piece of the broken glass and attempted to eat it.

She was crying hysterically. When I saw her like that, my heart skipped a beat. We tried to stop the bleeding, but our brains stopped functioning, but the blood did not stop flowing. My hands were trembling; I had never been this terrified before.

We rushed her to the hospital right away. The tears didn’t stop falling because we were so tense and afraid. The doctor came out and told us that she needed surgery immediately now, or her wound would never heal completely, and she would have difficulty eating.

A baby who just turned a year old needs surgery? My heart was falling apart at the seams. We had no choice but to agree to her surgery. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I felt really bad about all this; I shouldn’t have left her alone in that room. We all had so many plans for her on her first birthday, which began with such excitement.

Nothing went as planned, and it was the scariest thing that had ever occurred to me. My daughter Ellie means the world to me, and seeing her suffer in a way that I might have easily avoided crushes my heart. She was suffering just because of my carelessness.

These thoughts played through my head, making me feel worse. I could not stop crying.

My heart was racing. I was sweaty and anxious and woke up like that. “It was just a nightmare, nothing more”, I told myself. I ran and checked up on Ellie; she was sleeping so peacefully. The relief I felt at that moment was unexplainable.

I picked her up and hugged her close to my heart. That morning it was her birthday. We started preparing for her party. Ellie was so giggly and happy the whole day. She makes me the happiest.

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