I never thought I would ever tell this story. Mainly due to the fact that it was supernatural and very offbeat. The type of story you tell aloud and people call you bonkers.
But I am going to tell it today.
I died and came back. Here’s the story.
I met my husband at The Turtle Club in Hoboken, New Jersey, for our first date. It is ironic because the turtle is known to be inherently slow, when our relationship went lightning speed, marrying within the first 6 months of knowing each other.
We got married in NYC at City Hall, all Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in The City-esque. I always wanted to be a legend.
We got pregnant with twin boys. I found out in a doctor’s office near City Hall in NYC, very close to my office in the Fitch Building in FiDi, the abbreviation for Financial District in New York City. I worked right down the road from the Fearless Girl in front of the raging Wall Street bull statue and felt fierce.
I felt I could do it all. I had my whole life in front of me.
I made it to 36 weeks and 5 days, where the doctor said he wanted to do a C section as the boys were almost a pound apart and it could be harmful to each other.
They made an appointment for me to have the procedure done on November 25th, a month before their full term due date on December 25th. They were supposed to be Christmas babies but Jesus got jelly and made it November 26th instead. The procedure was supposed to be done on November 25th but they forgot to call me to let me know, lol!
I went in and the first shriek of relief was my son and firstborn, Pierce Thomas. Soon after, John Whittier came out as well and hearing his cry along with it was the best feeling I had ever felt in my life. They were safe, they were healthy, and they were mine.
They sewed me up and I soon went to post OP recovery in the maternity ward overlooking the cityscape of the Hudson river. A plus view there!
I began to get cold. I asked the nurse for blankets because I seemed to get colder and colder. Then I began to past out. Luckily there was a nurse in the room at the time, where I was able to tell her I was passing out.
Then it went dark.
I remember floating effortlessly in darkness with a light ahead. There were other shadows standing near the light, and my great friend who passed away a year earlier from heart issues yelled ‘Go BACK!’ when I was just getting comfortable. I woke up to a woman pumping my stomach area.
I had a blood clot post OP. And I came back.
I never thought I would have the courage to tell this story.
I never thought that childbirth could end my life.
I went in thinking the best, and the universe almost robbed me of being a mom. How rude!
I am so grateful for my friend that told me to come back. I know he was upset that he left earth so suddenly, and felt bad for leaving us so soon. He was always a funny friend, a gentleman and a scholar. He would have given the shirt off his back to a stranger. He was giving and lovely. And he was there for me when I needed him most.
We never know when it’s our time to go, but I know now that I don’t need to be scared of death. It is more peaceful than living like Bella said in Twilight. Sorry had to go there, that movie got me through my 20s, don’t hate.
Have you had a near death experience? How has it affected you? Let us know in the comments below.
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