Tug of War Between God and the Devil

Debbie Robbins

Moosup, United States

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Sherri-Charmaine Nicholas, And this work is DEDICATED to her!
Read if you have the Time :))))

901 Views, 48 Favs, June 6, 2012 THANK YOU

Nov. 17, 2010 ~ WooHoo… LOL

Featured in JUST FOR YOU

Apophysis Fractal, then put into
Paint.NET and then Picnik used to create this image…


Sherri’s story of illness and coming back from a big black hole has brought me here to tell this story…

Some of my RB friends know that my hubby isn’t well… But he is an AMAZING Man that keeps on keeping on, no matter what!!!!

A few years ago, shortly after he retired, I came home from work to find him pacing… and holding his left arm… when I asked what was wrong, he said, “Oh I just have bad gas…” when I asked why he was holding his left arm of course he said “It hurts”… I said, “Get in the car honey!” AND HE DID!!!! THAT was when I knew he was in trouble. Normally he would blow that off, and say… “Oh I’m fine.”

Well long story as short as possible:
Went to hospital. They kept him beause of course… as I knew, he was having a MILD (they said) heart attack… They wanted him to stay overnite for observation and decide what to do the next morning… Well next morning they want him transferred to a facility that deals with CARDIAC cases so he can have the Cardiac Catheter Test… (they do hundreds every week.. nothing to worry about, they said).

Reluctantly, he agreed and was transferred by ambulance… I drove myself to this SPECIAL hospital that would find out what damage was done and how they would deal with it…

He actually walked into that hospital…. stubborn, no wheelchair for him… and they did their TEST… Thankfully my daughter and son-in-law waited with me.. and the hour, passed, then another, and then another… My INSTINCT told me something was terribly wrong and of course I was right.

A doctor came to us and he was as WHITE as a sheet… He said my husband had CODED and they had spent 20 minutes trying to get him back… and that they were about to give up when they managed to get a blip on the screen… he couldn’t say how long he had been without oxygen and wasn’t sure what he would be like when he woke up (if he woke up)… He also asked if he was a Wrestler, because as they were trying to Intebate him, because they were losing him, he was fighting them and actually reached up with his arms and grabbed the poor anesthesiologist standing at his head and gave him a toss I guess… ha. I told him he wasn’t, he was just a very strong man.

My daughter drove me home, as I could not drive, my mind was whirling in so many directions. Oh Please Lord, let him be OK!!! What would he be like the next time I saw him???

The next day I sat beside his bed all day, and late that afternoon he woke up… he looked straight at me and said, “WHY WERE THEY CHOKING ME?”

Oh my Gosh… he remembered them intebating him!!!! and everything down to the last second before he went into the blackness… His MEMORY was fully intact!

He tells us that in those twenty minutes… he saw NO light… as some people do… but he tells the story this way:

The Lord and the Devil were fighting over me… It was a Tug of War… they kept tossing me back and forth, back and forth!! and they finally decided that his wife and family should still have him, and threw him back to US!!!

He spent the good part of a year, recovering from that ordeal and all that went with it, and every day we were both scared for a long time that it would happen again…

He is now the SIX BILLION DOLLAR man, with so much technology keeping him alive. I am thankful for the times we live in…

He sleeps next to a REMOTE BOX that sends every single beat, or misbeat, of his heart… so he is monitored 24/7… The Doctors office CALLS US when something is wrong… LOL as He is not even aware of it sometimes… I am a tad comforted by that, as one of the LEADS from his DEFIB to his heart has been RECALLED… so they shall call us if they see evidence that it is fracturing…

Today he deals with many health issues, Heart Disease (he has a DEFIB in his chest), Stage 4 Emphysema (and at the moment of this writing has broncitis which freaks me out), Diabetes (he is now injecting 5 times a day), and other issues which pale in comparison…

We try to live LIFE to the FULLEST EVERY DAY, as we never know which day the DEFIB is going to go off… when that happens he will have Heart Surgery that will leave him without much of a heart to function with and he dreads that day… So we have just purchased a 38’ Motorhome to TRAVEL as that is his BUCKET LIST…

Now this TUG OF WAR Image has a much deeper meaning for me, than the day I created it…

LOVE EACH OTHER, and enjoy every day my Friends… and THANK YOU SHERRI for sharing your story of survival and HOPE and Inspiring Me to write this story… Hopefully it will give hope to others and give them a reason to enjoy the day they are in!!!!

Be as Nice as possible to everyone you meet, because we are all fighting some kind of battle!!!


Today is the PRESENT, and that is why it is called a GIFT…

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