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  • At one point during my ICU stay I had what I would describe as a “classic, mystical near-death experience”. My memory is that the medical staff came in and told me that they had figured out a way to get really drunk by putting vodka straight into the bloodstream through an IV. They brought in a paper bag with the bottle of vodka and hooked it up to my arm. I became incredibly drunk in an ecstatic way. I “left my body” and floated around the room. I looked in the face of each person in the room and felt profoundly connected with everyone. Later when I shared my story with my partner, she told me what had really happened. I had been experiencing tachycardia that needed to be corrected through the injection of a drug that stopped my heart and then restarted it. After this was done, she said, I sat up in bed and started writing. She said this was bizarre because I had shown very few signs of consciousness or interaction before this point. I was in ICU trying to write a novel. For some reason my eyesight was terrible, and even with my glasses I could barely see. I put pen to paper and wrote. This picture shows the first page of “my novel”.
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