On March 7th, 2011, I went to see my endodontist for what was supposed to be my final root canal. In the month prior, I had the root canals, plus one extraction. On this particular day, I decided to bring my daughter with me to my dental visit for support. It made be a little less nervous bringing her because she was a registered nurse and was allowed in the treatment room watching the procedures. I was considered a slightly high-risk patient because of my allergies and sensitivities to local anesthesia, and so we had to purchase from our pharmacy plain lidocaine, which was all I could use medically to complete these series of dental treatments. Once the dentist used the first ampoule (capsule of lidocaine) I started to feel numb and he began drilling and filling the canals. I noticed it was taking longer than usual and the lidocaine was wearing off rapidly, so he injected a second ampule and continued working. Midway he was stopping and taking x-rays and again the lidocaine started wearing off, so a third injection was given and at that point, the dentist decided he could not finish the root canal because the tooth was so badly decayed it would have to be extracted.
I was horrified when he mentioned that and by the time, he explained what the extraction would entail, and what my options were in terms of implants or partial dentures, the lidocaine wore off again. So here comes the fourth and final shot and that's where my life changed I heard my daughter talking with the doctor about routine things, but I could hear their voices echoing, and I couldn't understand why.
Then I felt myself slipping out of my body, again I heard my daughter's voice saying, 'Mom, mom, come back, where are those paramedics?' I looked at them working on me in the dental chair, but I was moving forward. I had had enough of the pain and the tugging and the forceps and the pulling and the bleeding I was floating towards a beautiful golden-bronzed light. It was there that I saw my mother and my husband holding hands smiling at me, they looked so happy and at peace. I wanted to feel that my mother smiled at me and took my hands and for that brief instant I felt it, I felt the peace and tranquility, and it felt so good. Without talking, I was able to understand and communicate with mom and Philip. I looked towards my right, I saw a big door that was closed. However, the cracks of the door showed a bright white light, and I felt the presence of people behind that door, pressed up against it waiting for me to open it. I wanted to go, but my mother took my hands, swung them back, and told me I had to go back, for my son I had to go back.
It was then that I found myself in the dental chair, crying with tears of happiness and I told my daughter I saw grandma and her step-dad and it was beautiful. I told the paramedics it was afterwards in the hospital that my daughter told me that I had completely flat lined for about a minute, I totally bottomed out, heart rate dropped, totally unresponsive.
I even remember hearing my dentist saying that he didn't want to do any more patients because his nerves were shot with what happened here today. My daughter couldn't believe I heard that because I was unconscious.
I am so happy that I was able to have this experience and validate the dearly departed and the afterlife and the beauty and peace that await us all, when the time comes.
Although as I type this I am still having dental challenges, I am grateful to be alive for my children, my business, and myself. I know now that my mom and my husband hear my prayers and thoughts and they watch and guide and bless me and my family, I am at peace now.
Date NDE Occurred: 'march 7, 2011'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal About thirty seconds after I felt myself leave my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? About thirty seconds after I felt myself leave my body.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes My mother and my husband who both just passed within the last two years.
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes First I saw a bronzed golden light shining down on my mother and husband. Then I saw specks of a bright white light peeking through a large door.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peacefulness, happiness, even a little worried as I felt myself slipping away.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I go to church now once a week and I don't tell anyone it's my personal time to reflect and meditate and thank God for all his blessings and joy and for giving me a glimpse of the afterlife.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I go to church now once a week and I don't tell anyone it's my personal time to reflect and meditate and thank God for all his blessings and joy and for giving me a glimpse of the afterlife.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Seeing my mother and my husband together being happy and pain free.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I seemed to be healed of my IBS/stomach ailments. I am able to eat things now that I have not been able to enjoy for the past three years.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Seeing my mother and my husband together being happy and pain free.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes People cried, some told me to spread the word, others were fascinated.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I knew that it existed as I had bought a book a few years back - 'Into the Light'.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No