(This is a picture of an EKG showing a heart in trouble. Felicia declares that this was mild compared to the dramatic fluctuations that were on my EKG. She said it looked like the wild scribbling of a 2 year-old!)
January 24, 2017 is a day I will never forget. Every day I live since that day can be considered bonus. When I was growing up in south Louisiana, the term we used to describe that kind of bonus was “Lagniappe.” That’s an old Cajun expression that means “a little extra.” That’s what God has given me. The quick trip through the streets of Lubbock, TX, to the ER at Covenant Medical Center and the events of the next few days are a blur in my mind. I came within minutes of meeting my Maker, but by God’s mercy, I am still here for “a little extra” time and doing very well. Hallelujah!
With a few months to reflect I have identified some important things I learned.
- Our faith makes a difference. Amid the swirl of activity around me in the trauma room and the obvious concern of my caretakers as they hooked me up to the paddles, I was at peace. Looking mortality square in the eyes, there was no fear. I knew