Jan 21
KarenChaya
KarenChaya , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

I died and then was revived.

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In Feb. of 2017, I was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and COPD (never smoked). While there, I coded. My son said I said "Oh, no" and my eyes rolled up and my lips turned purple. The doctor said that I died for a few seconds and then didn't breathe for the full five minutes it took to revive me. I was intubated during that time.  They said it was ventricular fibrillation, and they didn't have a special section for that, so they sent me by ambulance to another city, where they got my breathing in control and then inserted an ICD (combo defib. and pacemaker).  Of course, me, I joked about it afterwards.  I said to my son, "I said WHAT?  Oh, no? How boring. I MUST plan on something much more humorous or exciting to say for the next time I die". He said, "Mom, that isn't funny." I said, "Well, I think so." and I cracked up laughing.  What I learned from this is that there are temporary deaths, and each person experiences it differently. I figure that if someone did see a light or talk to someone or floated above the table, that meant their BRAINS were still working even if a small part. Otherwise, how would they remember? For me, my brain was not working at all. I experienced nothing: in fact, no time had elapsed. It was as if I was looking at videos of my grandchildren on my son's phone before and when I came out of it, they asked where I was and I said, "I'm watching videos of my grandchildren". They said I was in intensive care or whatever, and I had my eyes closed and said, "No, I'm not don't tell me that".  I only opened my eyes when they asked what year it was and when is my birthday and I realized I was saying very odd things. So, I opened my eyes.  I like to talk about it to people because it was a remarkable experience, dying and then coming back to life. It means so much to me that I am alive.  Now, I e mail my sons every day without fail, saying, "My I Love You message for today is..." because from day to day, I know tomorrow is not promised, and I want my last words to my sons to be I LOVE YOU.  This year, I got the flu and pneumonia again and I was scared I'd die from it. But, it looks as if the cough is slowly going away and they gave me the correct antibiotics, TamiFlu, and I also got OTC mucinex type meds and. They also gave me Tessalon Perles for the cough. I am still on the Bumax plus Potassium, and have to weigh myself every day to see if I have to raise the level or not. It is so HARD. I have to test my blood pressure, oxygen level, temp., pulse, diabetes blood sugar, weight, etc. daily. It is so hard.

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