Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Caught in the Web of @theist Dating
The Secular Spectrum: Caught in the Web of @theist Dating
When I entered the Jewish dating scene, I was thinking that Jews would be more likely to share some of my personal attributes, like humor and liberalism, But I suppose I was also trying to connect to a culture I had only tenuous ties to.
I was sadly mistaken.
In fact, some Jews denied that I even belonged in the "club" because I didn't practice Judaism. There were a number of guys I could tell were interested in me, but were put off by my preemptive announcement of my atheism.
I was trying to screen out guys who would be put off by my beliefs.
It worked all too well.
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.