I had walked a long distance and the temperature was in the 80s and very humid. I knew I needed water, so headed back to the hotel to get out of the heat and to get some water to drink. I made it back to our room and drank the water at room temperature. I also had an aspirin with it.
I knew that something was wrong with how I was feeling and decided to stay and rest while my 2 daughters went out again. I thought I would be OK to sit and read, but that was not helping how I felt. I had a couple of pains in my chest and my head felt heavy, but nothing more than that. The exhaustion was taking over so I decided to lie down. I knew I didn’t want the maid to come in to clean, so I put the “Please No Surprises” sign on the door knob outside. I laid down flat on my back and was aware that my legs felt like they weighed a ton.
I was aware that I was in some kind of trouble. In fact the next thing I can remember is that I was seeing a lot of white (not a light), just all white and it seemed to be just from my neck up. I could see a division of walkways divided by white rope . It was all white and that’s when I decided I might be dying. I knew I had no control over what was happening. I have heard that a lot of people die in their sleep and this might be what it’s like. There was no pain, no pain at all. My head just felt very, very heavy. During that time, I heard my name “Kay” said 3 times.
I know no one was in the room, but I heard my name. I kept opening my eyes for a second to see if I was still in the room and I looked at the door to the room each time. Otherwise, I didn’t move. I felt that it was all beyond my control. I didn’t want it to appear that I had died, just that I was asleep when my daughters came back, so I moved my arm off my chest. I wondered about the implications of this happening now.
Was I ready? Yes, I guess I was. I didn’t fight it. I just let nature take it’s course.
I was pretty much done at my office. I had done a lot of work to clean up the house and sort clothes and the only stuff left to do was more than I could do alone. So I had really gotten myself ready for this happening. Then somehow, I decided that I could get up and try to walk.
My legs were no longer heavy. I wasn’t sleepy. I felt rather refreshed and decided that it may have been an exit point that I didn’t take. I was fine. When my daughters came back, we left for the rest of the day until after midnight that night.”
The above words were written the day after I returned from a trip to Cleveland with my 2 daughters. We had gone to see two Cleveland Indians Baseball games and stayed in the hotel that is within walking distance of the baseball stadium. We had gotten up early that morning and walked down a hill to get a good look at Lake Erie. It all began during my walk back up to the hotel.
The reason I wrote that we were out until after midnight, is that due to a rain delay, the game lasted that long. Since I had such an amazingly weird experience, as soon as I got home, I got a piece of paper and wrote as fast as I could to be sure to get it all written before I forgot any of it. Never at any time did I feel that it could have been a dream. Maybe it was a heat stroke.
All I know for sure is that I had never had an experience like that before or since. And I remember each part happening as if it were yesterday. This all happened on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2004. On that very week, Florida was suffering from the damage of another hurricane, which had the name of Charlie. The same as they are now suffering from Hurricane Matthew.
Because the hurricane had done some property damage to their home, her husband had to stay there to take care of it. Since they had the tickets for the baseball game, as well as their flight tickets and their hotel reservations, Cathy came home alone and we ended up spending the weekend with her seeing the Cleveland Indians. And what a weekend it was. You might say it was an amazingly weird experience that I will never forget.
Kay E. Conklin is a retired Delaware County recorder who served four terms. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in sociology and anthropology.