One week ago today after getting home from work I decided to take care a few things around the yard followed by wrestling the spare tire from under the minivan to change a flat. Then it hit, my chest hurt rapid heart rate shortness of breath so I went into the the house. I sat in a the chair while my family asked I I thought I was having a heart attack? I said I don't know, this wasn't passing quickly like a few other times I had simular but not as strong feelings. After 20 minutes I decided to let my wife call an ambulance. Once they arrived they got me hooked to the EKG so the paramedic who came shortly after didn't even read the sheet. She just looked at the display and said get him out here now. Next thing you know I was loaded and hauled over to where the "Life Flight" helicopter could take me to Tucson which over 100 miles from where I live. All during this I was really scared to die not knowing if there was something or nothing out there. I did not break down to old christian habits such as praying because I felt nothing outside of myself.

   During my flight I focused on my breathing while being fixated on a knob and switch just above my head which seemed to help. Once I arrived at the hospital my sense of time and memory were sketchy. I remember being told that I just had a very major heart attack and they put two stents on one vessel that was 100% blocked. But I still need to get another stent on my left side which is still 80% blocked. Had a good number of visitors who told I do not even look like I have anything wrong with me. I just took with a grain of salt (bad idea now lol) all the ones who said or text to me and my wife that they would be praying for me. In my weakened state that was not the time for a debate.

Just for the record I saw no bright lights or unexplained feelings or voices while I was at death's door. 

I say this in regards to a comment one of the lab techs said when they were going to try to put (which they did not) the last stent in the following day. He said, "How does it feel now since you were pushing tombstones yesterday?"

I was released from the hospital this past Wednesday.

   The skilled hands of all those involved along with my very strong will to live is what I thank for still being alive.

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Comment by Mabel on January 21, 2012 at 10:07pm

Oh my gosh Walter! How scary! Thanks goodness you are still with us. That must have been a horrendous experience, and to be faced with death! My heart was pounding while reading your post.

Comment by Walter Maki on January 21, 2012 at 10:15pm
I scared quite a few people. But it did show who my real friends and family are in a crisis. When I get the last stent in and heal from that I will have some fodder for debates with theist.
Comment by Mabel on January 21, 2012 at 10:23pm
Awesome! You go boy lol.
Comment by kris feenstra on January 21, 2012 at 10:24pm

I've featured this -- death and the near death experience is a pretty common point of interest for many atheists, so perhaps your first-hand account of going through it as an atheist will provide some insight for others.

Glad to hear you pulled through alright, and thanks for taking the time to share this.  I hope your recovery goes smoothly.

Comment by Walter Maki on January 21, 2012 at 10:34pm
It has been said that personal experience speaks loudly and I don't mind sharing. I will be happy to answer any questions.
Comment by Barry Eckert on January 22, 2012 at 4:09am

Glad you're doing better. So much for the atheists in foxholes nonsense.

Comment by UnTarded on January 22, 2012 at 12:15pm

I was LifeFlighted to hopkins in Baltimore, where they wanted to schedule me for the next available heart. I nixed that. Over the next couple of weeks they gave me diuretics to pull the excess fluid from around my heart.

During my stay, I flatlined twice. Each time the were on me in less than a minute, so I had no chance for an OBE.

Didn't want any "blessings", no prayers, and especially no visits by "The Church".

I made it through alive, and now I want a fun helicopter ride (that doesn't cost $15,000).

Comment by Walter Maki on January 22, 2012 at 9:27pm

I did get a few that joked that I would do anything for a helicopter ride. 

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on January 22, 2012 at 9:55pm

Thank modern medicine!  I'm glad you are still with us, Walt.  Take care of that modified ticker so you can stick around for another lifetime, ok?

Comment by Walter Maki on January 23, 2012 at 10:58am

I have always been a big fan of science. Now I have more reasons with all the advances in the medicine.


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