The nurse and assistant were getting me out of bed for the first time following angioplasty. The nurse asked me if I felt dizzy or nauseous. I stood up and said that I felt a little nauseous. That is my last conscious thought until I was jerked back and found the code team standing around the bed. In that brief period while I was gone, I saw three or four people standing in the upper left hand corner of what I first described as a TV screen. My field of vision was more like a box. I could not recognize their faces, but they were all tall and slender. They had dark hair and the woman, at least, was dressed in a style that made me think of the 1940's. I have been in on several codes and know how this hospital runs them, and these beings were not the code team. The nurse gave me a copy of my tracing showing the asystole.
Date NDE Occurred: April 23,2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related Clinical death
This event followed angioplasty about eighteen hours before.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Unconscious.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain The more that I reflect on the experience, it's possible that these beings were standing at the other end of a tunnel and I was to go to them.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes See main narrative.
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I had so little time with these beings that I don't remember any emotions. I do know that I did not feel threatened or frightened.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Shortly after I returned from the hospital, my husband was going to change the oil in his truck before a trip. I refused to let him do it himself and I called and arranged for a garage to do it. When my husband got home, he told me that if he had done this himself, he never would have found another problem with his old truck that would have left him broken down on the interstate. I have had several things happen after that that are strange, but few with the consequences that the first one would have had.
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 See above.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It is so hard to put my feelings into words. I now live every day with joy. Death was not painful or frightening. The Golden Rule is what I aspire to. I know that I will fall short of this aspiration -- I already have, but I will keep trying.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 See above.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? All parts were good
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes As a nurse, I have been very gratified with the response I have gotten from my peers. I have told everyone about my visitors, because I believe that it is such good news. I have found resistance from some of my friends. I feel almost a force between us such as can be experienced when two magnets oppose each other.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No