I was having my third and last child. I went in the office for the pre-operation consultation. The baby's heartbeat was racing and I had a fever with elevated blood pressure. So an early C-section was to be done. This would be my third C-section, so I was familiar with how surgery proceeds. I was ready for my epidural and was hooked up to the blood pressure machine and other monitoring. The needle was placed in my spine with no issues. The anesthesiologist administered the drug into the spinal line. I slowly became numb from the chest down. Since having my other two children by C-section, with epidurals, and no issues, I did not expect anything weird to happen with this one. The anesthesiologist was at the head of my bed and my husband was standing next to me in the bed. We were talking and then very suddenly I was in the corner of the hospital room looking down on myself. I could not hear what was being said or what they were doing, but I could say my husband was next to a couch by the window and looking as white as a ghost. I was aware that there was a presence on both sides of me but they did not say anything. It seemed like a few minutes that I watched. But in reality, as I found out later, it was more like a minute or less. As suddenly as I left my body, I was back into my body. I was disoriented. When I opened, my eyes there were nurses around my bed and the anesthesiologist was doing something in a large case of some kind. I asked my husband, why did you leave me? He said the nurse pushed him away from the bed and the nurses started taking vitals. I asked what happened, and was told that I had an allergic reaction to a drug they had given me. This reaction caused me to lose blood pressure and pass out. It was a very brief event and I didn't rise above anywhere else except that room. The experience is as clear today as it was back then.
Date NDE Occurred: 2/11/94
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Childbirth. Allergic Reaction. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 I felt like I was in a better place when I was looking down. I did not know why I was in the corner of the room but it did not matter.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was in the corner of the room looking down
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. About the same
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. About the same
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
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? Calm. Secure. Happy.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian I was a Lutheran, although not a practicing Lutheran.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I don't believe someone has to be religious or be involved in religion.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Agnostic I now consider myself Agnostic. My brief experience had nothing in it to indicate there is a supreme being and as I have gotten older and more informed I have become an Agnostic in my beliefs.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe there is an afterlife for all humans but it has nothing to do with being religious or believing in a GOD.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I felt the presence of something or someone on both sides of me but did not see them.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God does not exist
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Unknown
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life I do not believe a one GOD exists...possibly the afterlife has nothing to do with religion or GODS
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my husband right after it happened. I started to share with others when the opportunity came up about 10 years ago. Some people hear the story but don't seem too interested. Others are very interested.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I know it was real from the day it happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It's just as real today. It's a bright positive experience for me that never fades.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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