haven't told many people about the experience I had in 1995.
I was the editor
of Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times. The short of this
story is that I suffered a heart attack one afternoon. I
didn't know what was going on, only that I felt a nagging,
irritating pain in my chest and left arm and numbness in
my jaw, tongue etc. Classic symptoms.
My wife drove me
to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. I was admitted
immediately and taken to a treatment area where two or three
doctors and several nurses were helping me. I'd been placed
on an emergency room bed while everyone equipped me with
IVs, monitors and other things. I felt very calm. One young
physician sat beside my bed, watching the monitor to an
EKG that was hooked up to me.
Suddenly, I felt
deeply relaxed, stared at the ceiling and felt myself begin
to float out of my body. The doctor who was watching the
monitor said sharply, "What's this?"
I kept floating
out of my body. When I had gone what seemed like only a
few inches, I felt a force like a hand stop me and hold
me in place as though I wasn't to go any farther. Then I
heard a gentle voice. Here's what it said:
enough humility in the world, but there will be, because
there has to be, because there cannot be love without humility.
Then I heard the
doctor scream, "Clot buster! Now!"
I was injected with
a $3,000 shot of medicine that dissolved a clot in an artery
in my heart, probably saving my life. I was told that it
was a huge gamble on his part, but he did it.
Maybe the voice
that I heard was telling him [the doctor] to save me, because
I'd been given a message to share. Who knows. I pulled through.
"To appreciate heaven
well it is good for a man to have some fifteen minutes
of hell." - Will Carleton
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