The Seventh McNugget

We all can't be one of the Six.

04 August 2005

So Long, Mrs. B.

My neighbor died yesterday.

As a kid, I spent endless hours playing on their property, as it was bigger than ours. I got to know them a little bit, here and there...

Mr. B. died about a year ago. Mrs. B. just had open heart surgery last week. Her recovery was going very well, in fact, the doctors were going to let her go home earlier than expected. On Tuesday night, a nurse checked in on her and said, "Everything looks great. Tomorrow you get to go home."

Mrs. B. turned to her and said, "Ma'am, I won't be going home tomorrow." A few hours later, she died.

That story gets me to wondering what it must be like to KNOW that the end is near. People survive scary situations when they think they might die, but they don't. But a lot of times sick people can predict it even when things appear fine, just like Mrs. B. Animals are like that too... When Pam's dog was on the brink of death, she curled up under a bush and would not come out...

I wonder how a person's mind navigates waters like that.


At 11:06 AM, Blogger Stan said...

That's very disturbing. Kinda makes you think.

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Manchild said...

Another common thread with the dying, is when they claim to see long lost friends and relatives.

My Dad, a few days before he died, kept insisting he saw people he knew coming towards him down the hospital corridor. We had to keep explaining to him that there was no one there.

This also happened with several relatives on my mothers side, not long before they died.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Kate said...

And it's kind of hard to research phenomena like that when all the subjects are dead and can't tell you anything.


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