It was to be like any normal Sunday I guess, in that two things happened. My wife is a traveling nurse and was cancelled that morning. The other I got up to use the bathroom. While standing, I suddenly had this feeling come over me like nothing I had ever had. I seemed like I was knocked through myself and it was sweat and swaying. My wife was at the sink and I told her I felt weird. I turned to her and she knew that I was having a heart attack. She set me down.As she did this, I started to float up. My mind was racing fast as I thought of my mom who passed away thirty years ago. I was looking for the Angel of Death. In a split second, I was thinking about the Learning Channel in which I had viewed a program saying people who lose oxygen sometimes see things. While this was going on, my wife went to get my brother-in-law. I just lay back with my eyes closed thinking I was talking to my wife when a lady handed me a washcloth to put on my face. She said, 'Here, this will make you feel better.' I thought to my wife, 'Wow, this is what you feel like when you have hot flashes.' When they came in to the room, I was talking and rubbing my hands over my face. She asked me whom I was talking to. I said, 'Her.' Then the pain shot through my jaw like a hot knife. I was air-flighted to St. Johns in Tulsa and on the way I was awakened by the paramedic flight crew as I was have problems once more. There was a lot of yelling, as it was noisy on the flight. I did wake up in the lab and thought Aliens had me but a guy named Steve assured me that he was human. I when out again.
Date NDE Occurred: 6-18-06
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Heart attack 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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 The first fifteen minutes.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The first fifteen minutes.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There were little lights like fireflies all around until I started floating.
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
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 I did not see the Angel.
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 Just the fireflies swirling around but that was short.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was ready to fight I remember thinking that if there was a Angel of Death I was going without a Fight!
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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have made some time in my life to pray.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have made some time in my life to pray.
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? Uncertain I have made an effort to be a little more kind and not so anal about a lot of things, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I try to do the best I can do and not worry so much about what I can't change in my life. Maybe that's just maturing for me.
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I don't still know why I was given another chance, there are a lot of questions that roll through my head and heart sometimes late at night I thank the lord for my life because I don't have anyone else to thank. I think about that lady giving me that wash cloth and I truly believe now as in the past she has saved me a few time before.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes With my family unit, the day after I had the stents. I had what they call the widow maker, and to this day they say it is a miracle that I'm here.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain Well I almost drowned in Hawaii and that was the most frightened I have ever been.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Weeks after I recall being depressed, but I got over it. I just thought it came with the territory.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Once again it is a matter of not knowing what my true purpose is.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No thank you I saw Dr. Long on O'Reilly and thought what the heck. I don't really know the medical term my wife used other than 'A Widow Maker' I know I was blocked in the lower quad LAD and forty-five percent in the upper or vice versa. You might ask about the medical terminology?
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