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Annie N's Experience

Experience description:   

My husband and I were sleeping.  He'd been released from the hospital 8 hours previous after having a stroke.  I woke to what I thought was his snoring and when I rolled him over. His face was frozen with eyes open and mouth in a grimace and he couldn't take in much air, which was what I'd thought was snoring.  I thought he was having another stroke and called 911.  Since he was having trouble breathing, I had to get him off the bed to perform CPR.  I could not budge him.  I simply did not have the strength to move him...not right left or off the end.  I tried with all my might.  I had moved to the end of the bed and was beseeching "Please, oh please, no, please, no" and I realized that I could look down to the left and see myself.  I was slightly above, about one to two feet and about one foot to the right of myself.  Everything was real time and real place.  It lasted moments and I moved back to the side of the bed and the sensation did not recur.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     My husband was having a massive seizure, which I thought was a stroke.  I was fine.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Wide awake and intensely stressed.  Out of my mind with adrenalin.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Not really.  It seemed natural.  I was too busy trying to save my husband's life to give it any thought in the moment.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No       It was my regular body/self beside my regular body, but the body that was lower, standing on the floor was like someone else.  It was my body but, not my brain.  The "real" me was hovering in the air observing the me that was trying to save my husband.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            no emotion, just detachment, like I was watching a stranger.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No            My real bedroom.  Real time real place.

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          No      

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?          Uncertain      I was in a real place, real time, but, I was elevated above the floor.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No      

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No      

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It has not changed me in any way.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     They seemed to believe me.  Just a simple conversation, no lives changed.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  None connected with the experience.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was I had a moment's reprieve from being in such a horrible situation.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    No