over 20 years' experience as an ICU/trauma nurse. An experience
I shall never forget occurred over 15 years ago in a step-down
unit. I was working the night shift in the ICU as team leader;
the step-down unit was next to our unit. Around 0200 a young
nurse from the step-down unit came over and asked me to check
on a patient whose eyes were open but who was not responding
to verbal or noxious stimuli.
saw the patient, it became evident a code blue (cardiac arrest)
had to be started right away. That night we were short on
IV poles, so I played the role of IV pole, holding up the
bags of fluids and overseeing the code. Later, one of the
respiratory therapists took over the IV pole role and I went
to sit on the chair. I had a really good view of the patient.
I saw something that amazed me. From the patient's chest area
I saw something rise into the air. The best way I can describe
it is that it looked like that shimmering one sees rising
over the highway on a very hot summer day. It appeared to
be contained, nearly oval in shape, but I lost sight of it
when it reached about three feet above the patient.
same time, something inside told me that the patient was not
coming back - and she did not. She was only 52 years old and,
as we sometimes say in the medical field, had no reason to
take such a turn.
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Posted July 15, 2012