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My Brush With Death and The Angel

Updated on February 4, 2012

I Thought I'd Be Remembered As The Woman Who Choked On A Potato

About ten years ago, I had a very frightening / enlightening experience. At the risk of everyone thinking I'm a whack job, I want to share it with you.

I had boiled some potatoes for supper. My husband was filling his plate, as I sat down with my plate in the living room. I took a large bite of a potato. Remembering I had left my drink in the kitchen, I called out to him to please, bring my drink in with him. I had always been taught to never talk with my mouth full, because of good manners, not that you may choke! With that in mind, let me tell you, I DID choke. It was a very large bite and that potato stuck in my throat ! It was a HORRIBLE feeling !

He could tell I was choking, maybe, because I was running around trying to give myself the Heimlich. He started the maneuver on me, to no avail. We jumped in the truck and sped our way to the Emergency room !

I could not talk, but there was a very small amount of air keeping me from passing out. It was a terrible sound, and I'll never forget it. It was a very faint, high pitched wheeze followed by a gurgling sound ! It was awful ! We didn't have too far to drive, probably about 7 miles, but it seemed like an eternity !

I remember thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts, like," Oh my God, who will take care of my kids? Thank God I have life insurance. Step on it Asshole ! Those potatoes sucked, I should have let 'em boil longer, they're way too damn hard. Never talk with your mouth full ! I'll be known as the woman who choked on a potato !"

Suddenly the potato started to shift and I knew if it moved even the smallest bit, I would lose what little air I was getting. It would all be over soon. I was soon to be remembered as the woman who choked on a potato.

I turned my head, as we passed a highly wooded area. The stars were twinkling brightly. I noticed a figure in the treetops. I focused on it, what was it? It seemed to glow. It looked like an image moving towards me. I shut my eyes. I couldn't look. I felt fear I was dying.

" Oh my God, Is this an angel? I know it is. If I don't see it, it's not happening...this is not happening. I'm too young to die ! Don't look ...don't look ! ...Our Father Who Art In Heaven...please, forgive me of my sins, please, look after my children....please.." Eyes still clenched tight, a miracle happened, That potato came shooting out of my throat and landed in my hand. My husband stopped the truck and we both cried and cried.

My throat was so sore that I was hoarse for a month.

Was it an angel ? There was very little air getting to my brain, at that point. Maybe, I just imagined it.

I believe it was an angel. I wish I wouldn't have been such a chickenshit and opened my eyes to gaze upon the being. For some reason, I thought if I didn't look, it wouldn't take me, but when it's your time to go, it's your time to go. Evidently,it wasn't "my" time.

I've actually had a few brushes with death in my life, and for some reason, have always lived to tell the tale. I'll save those for another time.


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      mister B. 

      6 years ago

      I believe you... too bad you didn't get a better look Christine.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Christine, WOW! Hits home with me too. Amazing hub. And you are an amazing talent. You might want to expound on this subject into a book one day. I voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and interesting, but not funny. There isnt anything funny about eyeing the unknown entities that surround us each day. I am now and fan and follower. Respectfully, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that reminds you of Mayberry, where Andy and Barney lived.

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Seeker.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland


      What an a fantastic story and hub!!! I think someone was looking after you. I would think that potato would tend to slide down rather than come back up even although they were not too boiled. I think this is the kind of story that gives a lot of people hope. Many thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Christine, it helps to be reminded we have angels watching over us, a truth for which I am eternally grateful.  Amazing story - Isn't it great that your angel was familiar with the Heimlech maneuver?  You know, it's been rumored that they are required to take Angel First Aid, CPR, and Crisis Intervention before they achieve guardian status.

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks so much, Chuck. Thanks for all your comments. You rock. xoxooxo

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      9 years ago

      Don't wait too long...I'm anxious to hear the other stories.

      Especially since your stories are always so fascinating and entertaining.

      And...damn...I'm definitely glad you lived to tell these tales! And you know that! ;) xoxoxoxo

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Ohio

      Well, hello there, Muley ! Thanks so much for commenting !

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Great story. I don't think you were a wuss, just scared half to death (little pun there) nice picture

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks,, sounds like you have quite a story to tell.

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for commenting, Mike.

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      10 years ago from DFW Texas

      Hey Christine;

      You are not a whack job. I have had my visit from an angel, too. Just hope you do not get the dubious honor of a fist fight with the devil like I had, whew about four hours worth. Jesus won, though. I was just calling on Him, and I really was not even scared.

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      10 years ago

      Well I,m an Irishman from the patatoe people...great to meet another one Lol

      Seroiusly though great story and that was an come on know god has a calling on your after him and please dont become religious...but let him lead you into the true meaning of a realtionship with him and that is realy living and being all you can can be..i will be praying for you...Great hub !!!


    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, bright truly was an enlightening experience. Thanks for commenting.

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      10 years ago from London, Canada

      This is the first hub of yours that I've read but I suspect this was some type of awakening for you? I can only imagine how you must have felt, as this was happening. Often, words just can't convey the full spectrum of emotions or thoughts, can they? Thanks for sharing this...I will definitely be checking out some more of your hubs. Blessings.

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you so much, Raven. I never thought of it that way . Thanks again !

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      Raven King 

      10 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Very scary. I think it is interesting that while you were in mortal danger you still worried about your family! And I think your Angel probably thought you are brave.

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, was such a horrible, but enlightening experience. Thanks for commenting.

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Whew, I my eyes got wet as I got caught in the emotion of your experience. Gave me little chills. Thanks for sharing and no, I don't think you are a whack job, you were fortunate to see an angel who came to help you.

    • ChristineRitter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks MRMARMALADE.....Yes, they do. Thank you for commenting.

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      10 years ago from Sydney

      a magic hub and angels do appear.

      Thank you for reliving that experience.


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