posted on May, 10 2013 @ 03:49 AM
Not exactly ghost stories, but when younger brother Billy Bedlam was working ICU as an RN before doing his RN-paramedic bridge, there were rooms in
the ICU that, if you had a dying patient in, they would report seeing the same things, despite never having met.
Things like people standing at the door (same description by all), wires running through the room (?), snow outside the window, a few people saw boats
going by the door as if they were looking through the wall (there's a river by the hospital). Some saw a doctor standing by the bed, all giving the
He also said it was not unusual for people to wake up out of comas just before dying, to the point that if a neuro ICU patient of his that wasn't
supposed to recover suddenly woke up and looked around, he'd grab the crash cart then and there. I remember him telling me that this one patient who
was related to one of the ICU docs had had a stroke and was not expected to come off the vent. One night Billy was in the room, the guy opened his
eyes and looked right at Billy. Billy asked "do you hear me?" thinking the guy was running on brain stem, but the guy nodded. "Give me a thumbs up
on your left hand". He did. "Show me two fingers on your right hand". He did. So Billy says "I grinned and told the guy what a great thing this
was, he wasn't expected to wake up - I'll go get the doc, he'll never believe this!"
And right then, the guy's heart stops. Tout fini. They coded him for a couple of hours because it was the doc's relative, but he never responded
again. Billy thought about it but decided never to tell the doc.
He also said a lot of people know when they're going to die, even if it didn't seem likely. One guy called it to the hour early in the evening,
Billy kept telling him he was recovering, the guy was insistent Billy call in his wife and his brother-in-law "because after I pass she won't be
able to drive home safely", they all came up and were humoring the guy, and bam! he dies right on the dot. Billy said it was the easiest death he'd
ever seen, the guy just switched off. His wife was talking to him and Billy was mixing an epi drip at the bedside with the ICU doc, and Billy looks
up, the guy goes from sinus to asystole, in one beat. No PEA, no flutter, no random beats just click, gone. Bill said "I'll be shot, he's gone",
the doc said What?, looks at the monitor and says "How long has he been dead?" (normally you see a lot of non-perfusing beats where the heart is
going through the motion but not really working)
Billy says "He went in one beat. The art line wave matched the last beat on the ekg, and that was it. Game over"
No agonal breathing, no spasms, no PEA, nothing. His wife was holding his hand when he shut down and never noticed.