Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Visions of Hell

My husband never stops surprising me.   There is so much he doesn't tell me and I suppose that is a good thing.  It is nice to have surprises and to still find out new things about someone you've been with for many years.  It is nice to hear new stories and know there will always be mystery.   My husband is a doctor, a medical director, and he has spent much of his life at work.  It is these parts of his life that I don't know and that still hold shadows and stories I have yet to hear.   He told me one of these stories this morning. 

My husband told me about a code he was running on a man who was dying.  The man died.  They lost him.  He slipped away into that realm that people go to after your last breath has passed your lips and your heart beat fades away.  The man died and they brought him back.   On his return, the man started screaming.  He screamed that he had been on fire.  There was fire everywhere.  His yells were like the shrieks of the damned and then he faded from this world again.   My husband and his team kept working and brought the man back to life again.  Again, the man screamed about fire and burning.  Three times the man died and came back screaming about fire.  Finally, he slipped away from this world.

The nurses all believed that the man was going to hell every time he died.  They believed his visions of fire were visions of his own damnation.  They were shaken by what they saw and heard coding that man.   My husband isn't sure what was happening, but he says the event certainly made him think.  He hopes the man wasn't going to hell.  He says that the very idea of that is almost too terrifying, but the mans screams have stayed with him and he wishes he could have saved him.

9 comments:

wicKED said...

How terrifying. I have heard about this many times from Hospital workers. Really makes you stop and think.

Jeffery said...

It is fascinating and no doubt many a hypothesis could be explored from memories of traumatic events to synapses blasted with millivolts of electricity from the paddles...hallucinations caused by the Adrenalin or severely imbalanced blood chemistry...But! What the heck! lets go with Eternal Damnation cos that's obviously the more rational explanation..Hehehehe..As far as I'm concerned Hell is what the living put each other through for gain or spite..Interesting Jess! Cheers!

Jessica Penot said...

Wicked.. I've worked in hospitals for years and never heard of anything like this. You'll have to share your stories sometime.

Jeffrey... I think that they thought hell because the team hadn's ever seen anything like this. They were all fairly experienced staff and had coded a good number of people without having ever seen this type of reaction. It was just so unusual. You do several of these a week for ten years and then something like this happens and you're left thinking "what the hell?"

Adsila said...

Wow, cool story. I would have freaked out if I was there.

Erik (Drunketh) said...

"What the... hell?" Indeed. That's some freaky stuff though. I guess the guy should have been nicer to others in his lifetime. Kindness, is the key.

Justine's Halloween said...

Well whatever was going on, that sounds truly terrifying to witness! Maybe the man had been in a traumatic fire during his lifetime and connected that to death? I want to think up an explanation that isn't hell related. I'm very intrigued by wicKED's comment! I've never heard of this happening before.

Jessica Penot said...

Erik... I guess he should have done something different. No one is sure what, but something.

Justine... IT could have been a past trauma coming back to surface. Who knows what happens when you are that close to dying? I'm with you however, I want to hear wicked's stories. I didn't know this was common at all. I always just hear the near death stories about the white light.

Anonymous said...

Look for Dr. Maurice Rawlings and his book "To Hell and Back: Life After Death Startling New Evidence."

Someone should have told him to say, "Jesus save me!"

Jessica Penot said...

Thanks Anonymous... I will keep my eye out for that one. It sounds interesting.