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Stephen K's Experience

Experience description:   

I was admitted to the hospital for an arteriogram 6-11-2012 for inspection of a stent I had received in July of 2000.  A cutting balloon was used to open the stent.  The cardiologist prescribed a diuretic on 6-20-2012 which I filled and started taking. A day or so after taking the diuretic is started feeling sick and nauseated, and on 6-27 a trip to the urologist revealed a bladder infection, requiring a Foley catheter and a round of antibiotics. 

On 6-28 I was feeling very, very bad.  Music, soft string music had started playing spontaneously in my head and felt very peaceful, however I was still very sick.   I quit taking the diuretic. 

On 6-29 at some point in the morning, music still playing in my head I heard a very audible, loud, in-your-face type of voice of a grandfather figure, "IF YOU DIE YOUR KIDS WILL DIE."  A second voice, definitely female maybe in her 40s, "You must complete [finish] what you started."  I did not recognize either of the voices as any parent (deceased) or grand parent I ever knew. 

My wife took the day off from work and dropped me off at the emergency entrance of a local hospital while she parked the car.  Drawing a blood sample they discovered a sodium level of 102 and confirmed it with another test of 103.  The doctors were surprised that I was alive let alone coherent.  I was taken to SICU for 4 days.  I scored a 30 out of 30 on the Neurologists mini-mental test to his surprise. Not being a medical person I cannot comment on the the lethality of sodium levels of 102-103.  An RN friend of mine checked with a doctor she knew and confirmed such low levels are normally lethal. 

  Months later I realized the voices were an answer to a prayer I had made while kneeling next to be bed when I felt so very bad.  I had asked the Father if I could come home now. 

I am an older parent (first and only marriage), my son is 21 and my daughter is 16.  My extended family is not as close as I would like them to be for support should something happen to me or my wife.  My wife is a home health physical therapist , four years younger than myself and on the road for eight hours a day as a general rule.  Naturally I am concerned what might happen to her in the future that she could not help the children.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  Low sodium and potassium levels brought on by prescribed medication.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No    

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Completely conscious and alert.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness  

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   Same

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   Same, but kept hearing soft string music in my head.  It was the same tune over and over but I did not get tired of it.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?   No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   I was sick but at peace.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I heard a voice I could not identify
On 6-29 at some point in the morning, music still playing in my head I heard a very audible, loud, in-your-face type of voice of a grandfather figure, "IF YOU DIE YOUR KIDS WILL DIE."  A second voice, definitely female maybe in her 40s, "You must complete [finish] what you started."  I did not recognize either of the voices as any parent (deceased) or grand parent I ever knew.

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  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   No

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   No

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No  

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience  

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  

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   I now realize that prayers are answered and what I do in this life is important.  I feel I met my guardian angels through hearing them.

My experience directly resulted in:   Moderate changes in my life

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?  
Yes   Try to be more compassionate and understanding.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No  

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
Just the direct communication from the voices that I think are my guardian angels.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  Shared it with my Episcopal rector when he came to visit me in the hospital.  I could not tell how he perceived my story. 

I have shared with many other, some appreciate it, some think I was hallucinating.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Yes   Have read many books on the subject including Moody's original work, and visited website such as near-death.com and nderf.org.  It did not affect my experience at all.  I have never read anything like what I experienced.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   It is still just as vivid to me now and other times in-between as it did when it occurred.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   It is still just as vivid to me now and other times in-between as it did when it occurred.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes   I have worked to strengthen my relationships with other people.

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Uncertain   I am a little more spiritually aware and seeking than before.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No  

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   The female voice I heard, when she said "I had to finish what I had started."  It came across as two words simultaneously, finish and complete.

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