I should be dead. Let’s start there. On September 21, 2015 I started to go downhill, healthwise, at a rapid pace. I was coughing up blood and struggling to catch my breath. It was late that Monday afternoon when I knew I had to call 911. I didn’t have the strength to get off the couch and told the 911 operator that the paramedics would have to come through the window. She stayed on the phone with me until they arrived. The paramedics worked quickly to remove me from the house and our destination was Wellington Regional. They were moving at the fastest pace possible so I knew this was serious. This thought was supported even further when the one in the back of the emergency unit asked me “Why did you wait so long?”
I was unconscious by the time I reached the hospital so I had to fill in the blanks by questioning my doctors and medical staff. I had pneumonia. This caused a heart block. My heart rate fell to 22. My other organs were slowly shutting down. My mother was contacted late that Monday evening and the doctors were honest with her; They didn’t know if I would make it through the night. I would remain unconscious, hooked to wires and machines, for the next six days.
I may be ridiculed, by some, for what I share with you next. Let me preface what I am about to tell you by giving you a bit of background of my religious beliefs and upbringing. I was raised Catholic. I stopped going to church a long time ago. I believed in a Supreme Being and an after-life. I was never one to read the Bible or one to devote much of my time to prayer. Now let me share with you what I learned.
There is a heaven. I know because I was outside the doors. I begged God for another chance; for the ability to make a difference and use the talents He has given me. I begged Him for forgiveness and promised that I would use a second chance to make a difference in my life and attempt to do the same in the lives of others.
When I finally regained consciousness I was told that I did actually “die and come back.” My mother mentioned that when I was fighting to regain consciousness I kept saying “I’m sorry. I am so sorry. Please give me another chance.” Physically I was very sick but spiritually this was an awakening and something that has changed my life.
I learned the heart block caused damage to my heart and I would need a pacemaker. On Monday September 29, 2015 I was transferred from Wellington Regional to JFK Medical Center, a hospital known for their cardiac care. One week after my transfer and NUMEROUS tests, pills and pokes my permanent pacemaker was installed on Monday October 5, 2015. Yesterday, October 6, 2015 I was finally discharged and returned home.
I am on the road to recovery. I pop more pills on a daily basis than Keith Richards does. I can’t drive for another two weeks and I follow up with two doctors next week. I need to take and log my blood pressure and pulse on a daily basis. Having been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and general anxiety disorder this is the least of my problems in fact I just did it five minutes ago and of course I logged all the numbers into my computer. Yesterday was the first day since September 21st that I was on my feet and moving around for an extended period of time. It’s both amazing and embarrassing at the things I took for granted. So many people showed concern for me and for that I am drastically humbled and forever grateful. I have been given a second chance and I plan on delivering on my promise to make a difference. We all face struggles on a daily basis. Some days are better than others but I don’t think God gives us anything we can’t handle or is without reason and purpose. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I truly believe that what happened to me has a purpose. You reading this blog entry is part of my spiritual mission. Thank you for your time, concern, understanding and support. Enjoy the rest of your day.