The day I died

It was close to midnight on Oct 8th, 1999. I’d seen my date off and settled in to check my email before calling it a day when the worst pain I’d experienced dropped me to the floor. If I’d had razor blades for dinner that night it felt like they were passing through my system. I barely made it across my bedroom floor to pound on the wall to get my roomates attention. When they paramedics came they had to put me on the gurney sideways because I couldn’t straighten out. Each bump on the road brought waves of pain as the 5 minute drive to the hospital seemed to go on forever. I remember being told to do drink some milkshake type stuff and promptly projectile vomiting it on the nurse who gave it to me.

I came to 3 days later with IV’s in my arms, tubes down my nose, my throat and a catheter. I remained that way for 11 days before I was removed from it all and taken out of ICU. My large intestine had a perforation and they removed a bit over 2 feet, during an operation that only 20% live through. The surgeon told my motheer to call a priest for last rites, and she told him, “He can’t die. He may be a pain in the ass, but he’s my pain in the ass!” It didn’t help her any that it was the same hospital my Dad had died at 10 years earlier.

It took me 6 months to fully recover. I have a scar that goes from above my navel to an inch above my penis. Solid BM’s are only a memory and red meat is on my not allowed to eat list (though I do cheat on that ocassionally). On the operating table I died, but I don’t remember that. I also died a half hour after the operation when my lungs collapsed and couldn’t breathe without the aid of a respirator. I don’t remember that either.

What I do remember is feeling lucky to be alive when Dr. Arnold told me all this.

Every birthday I have now is a gift. So if I get a bit post happy around this time of the month every August, it’s in celebration of a life that almost wasn’t. A celebration of friends who almost weren’t. A driving force to live a life still open to an unkown realm of exciting possibilities.

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15 thoughts on “The day I died

  1. I wish you were dead that day so I don’t have to put up with you insulting every reader I have. I just hate faggots and seems like you hate readers of people who don’t write for your audience.

  2. Here is a nice birthday present for you.
    Dagstine’s real name is Lorenzo D’Agostino.

    SHould have his exact address and phone soon–even if it is unlisted.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RAINGODS!

  3. Nick is his one and only reader.

    Naturally, he misses all of the spelling and grammar errors, plot inconsistancies, awkward dialogue, or any of his trademarks that the rest of the world sees.

  4. Thanks Jodi. As for Nikita, well, anything he plans on sending to pro markets will be getting an earful. Or eyeful as the case may be.

  5. Nick, I look up the word failure in the dictionary and I see your picture.

    You are the only person who is hell bent on ruining your sales in the professional writing market. Reason being:

    1) You can’t write.
    2) You react violently when people criticize your work.

    Remember Clarkesworld? You can’t spell, you can’t use English properly. That’s why you’ll never get anywhere in the pro market.

  6. I’m so sorry you went through such a trying experience, only to have a moron bum-rush your blog over it and belittle what had to be a life altering experience. All the best.

  7. You can always call the cavalry over. We will be happy to brandish our +30 Vorpal bows in his face so that he can suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous commentary.

  8. Oooh +30 vorpal bow! My hunter in WoW could use one of those.

    The calvary is always welcome, though most times it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

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