Friday, May 19, 2017

President Trump: Mimicking Nixon in More Than His Campaign


Miracle Girl: President Trump: Mimicking Nixon in More Than His Campaign

If you've always wondered what it was like to live through Watergate, here's your chance.
These President Trump scandals are the stories your children and grandchildren will be reading about in their history books. Pay attention.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Locked-in Syndrome: Recovering Against All Odds, Without God’s Help


Miracle GirlLocked-in Syndrome: Recovering Against All Odds, Without God’s Help

Kate Allatt unlocked her locked-in state against all odds. My coma recovery was nearly as unlikely. Yet neither of us attributes our recovery to God.
Don't tell Kate Allatt that her difficult -- and unusually complete -- recovery from locked-in syndrome was a miracle. As she said, "It's called bloody hard work."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stem Cell Regeneration Clinics: Waiting to Pounce on the Desperate


Miracle GirlStem Cell Regeneration Clinics: Waiting to Pounce on the Desperate

Predatory stem cell regeneration clinics are ready to pounce on a wife of a minimally conscious patient who has sought my advice. Will she take it this time?
What kind of desperately-needed hope can I offer Manuela?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Covert Awareness Club: Coma Comradery in the Internet Age


Miracle GirlCovert Awareness Club: Coma Comradery in the Internet Age

This recovery blog has helped some coma survivors come to terms with their experiences. But I haven't been able to help a loved one of a patient until this week.
A wife contacted me via Coma Chameleon about her minimally conscious husband, asking my advice how to awaken him.
It was that very possibility that has lead me to keep this blog up in the first place.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

AHCA: Grabbing for a Pre-Existing Condition Fig Leaf


Miracle GirlAHCA: Grabbing for a Pre-Existing Condition Fig Leaf
Did Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son cause his heart disease? And did I do something when I was 11 to cause my lung damage? The GOP seems to think so.
Butt-covering is a pre-existing condition for GOP congresspeople as they pass the AHCA. That's the only coverage 8 billion will ever provide.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Hell on Earth Before My Morning Coffee


Miracle GirlJehovah’s Witnesses: Hell on Earth Before My Morning Coffee

In which a pair of persistent Jehovah's Witnesses interrupt my journey to perdition while my cereal grows soggy.
Jehovah's Witnesses: "Do you want to see a better world?"
Me: "Not through God, who doesn't exist."

Friday, April 28, 2017

Trumpcare or Shtupped Care: Replacing Obamacare with No Care at All


Miracle GirlTrumpcare or Shtupped Care: Replacing Obamacare with No Care at All

GOP "moderates" are afraid of an electoral shtupping. The poor, sick, and aging fear losing something far worse than an election. As Trumpcare fails yet again, the political cowardice of moderate conservatives may save countless lives.

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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.