Friday, August 18, 2017

It’s a Hard Luck Life: My Pre-Coma Mindset


Miracle GirlIt’s a Hard Luck Life: My Pre-Coma Mindset


I didn't realize how lucky and resilient I was until I suffered the worst luck imaginable...and not only survived, but thrived.
Coping with life's hardships is a survival instinct, too.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tennis Study: Revealing Active Minds Adrift in Inactivated Bodies


Miracle GirlTennis Study: Revealing Active Minds Adrift in Inactivated Bodies

A seemingly vegetative patient participated in his own care using the tennis study technique. But thousand of covertly aware patients languish...for now. 

Scott Routley's heroic efforts reach out from the gray zone of consciousness will help countless others. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Changing Lady Liberty’s Beacon to Immigrants Into a Stiff-Arm


Miracle GirlChanging Lady Liberty’s Beacon to Immigrants Into a Stiff-Arm
Like the travel ban, the Trump administration's revised admittance policies for immigrants is a cover for the total ban they wish they could impose.
If only the Trump administration didn't have to adhere to that pesky constitution.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Obamacare Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments: Their Money or Your Life


Miracle Girl: Obamacare Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments: Their Money or Your Life

With Trump continuing to hold Obamacare cost-sharing reduction payments hostage, will the ransom be paid by bipartisan congressional negotiations?
The foxes now own the henhouse. If Obamacare implodes it will be at the hands of President Trump.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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In July of 2013, I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died. When I awoke from the coma, I could barely lift my head. It has been a hard road to recovery. The doctors advised my loved ones to give up all hope for my full recovery, but while they were shining lights in my eyes to gauge my level of consciousness, I was telling them grumpily to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep...in my coma-dream. I was experiencing covert cognition, and the coma-dream was my version of a near-death experience. I'm a skeptic, so I saw surreal images instead of spirits or dead loved ones. According to my research, as many as one in five people with consciousness disorders have covert cognition.

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.