Heart Attack, Darkness, Bright Light, Calmness, and then at least for me my hearing kicked in before I woke. My experience replays in my mind daily if not weekly. It’s gone from being scared and apprehensive every time it replayed to realizing the entire re-wind is just a very long part of living and learning from the experience.
On the morning of March 31, 2008 I was told later that I was not falling asleep in the ambulance, emergency room, or even the Catheterization Lab at Rockford, Illinois Swedish American Hospital. Instead I was flat lining. Yes, I was shocked back 6 times and yes my chest hurt like hell when I awoke for the last time in the hospitals ICU.
To this day, or should I say evening while watching one of our favorite shows Greys Anatomy my blood pressure and probably everything else physically picks up just a little speed watching those actor doctors shock back the other actors to life following their make believe heart attacks. While the make believe heart attack victims generally come back to life and are cognoscente enough to sometimes speak, I personally woke up in a real fog with a veeerrrrrryyyyy slow process of getting perspective of my surroundings.
For the record the above image is as close as I can view on Google Images of what I saw the last time I flat lined. To description of what I felt is best said in the title of this blog. Darkness, Bright Light, Calmness, and then my hearing started to kick back in as I listed to the nurses giving directon to each other regarding my care.