Was it Fate?

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 8th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Water is the sustaining force, as important to us as the air we breathe. Two thirds of our body is made up of water. We require water for cell nutrition, cell absorption, digestion and excretion. Water is also responsible for the regulation of body temperature.


In many situations, humans have had to adapt to the lack of water in their everyday lives. A good example would be the desert Bedouins who use camels for work and transportation since these animals require less water to survive.

Water for Religious Purposes

But most of us rely heavily on water's many usages. Besides drinking purposes, water is used for physical and spiritual applications. There are many lakes and streams throughout the world where the waters are said to have healing properties for curing rashes and other physical ailments.

Similarly, water is at the base of many religious rituals as well. The northern Hindus of India frequent the Ganges River for their spiritual ceremonies. Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. The re-enactment of this event has become a holy ritual for many Christians around the world.

Besides drinking, cell absorption, physical and spiritual healing, how could any discussion relating to water not mention that water is also essential for recreational purposes? Few among us can boast that they never swam in a lake or waded in a pool, or that they never cooled down in the backyard with a garden hose. Even an invigorating shower or a long, relaxing bath can be converted into a recreational activity.

I now ask: Are there situations where water can be detrimental to our health or well-being? We know that in the case of athletes, they must sip on water when performing their arduous feats in order not to dehydrate. Yet too much water can cause heart attacks.

Almost drowned

I will now continue this piece with an example from my grandmother's life where water had proven to be detrimental to her health and well-being.

My grandmother had been a very abused and neglected child. There was very few times in her life that she could say she found joy. But she did find joy in swimming. At the age of eight years old she was already a wonderful little swimmer. But since she lacked attention in her life and was somewhat a little devil, she used her swimming as a means to attract attention. Often, she would venture out in deeper waters than usual and pretend to be drowning. When somebody came to her rescue, she would stand straight up and laugh. If her feet didn't reach the bottom she would swim away with ease. Soon no one paid attention to her antics anymore. She was to learn a very
valuable lesson.

One particular day my grandmother decided to go swimming directly after lunch. She was warned time and again that she should wait at least an hour before going into the water. But she never paid attention to these warnings.

The last thing she remembered before falling unconscious was a buzzing sound in her ears that she referred to as the sound of angels flying around her. She was finally rescued two and a half minutes after she went down for the third time. The spectators realized she was not joking this time. She was in distress.

That episode caused her to lose her swimming privileges, though she really didn't care. The experience was so traumatic that she vowed she would never set foot in the water again.

She swam out to a deeper end of the lake than usual and, lo and behold, her stomach started to cramp. It was then that she remembered that the old folks said that a sharp cramp could cause her to drown. She started to panic, flailing her arms and legs about her. In her distress she dipped under the water twice, each time reappearing and gasping for air. She let out some faint cries for help but no one listened. She went down the third time feeling her lungs fill up with water; creating a burning sensation. She was beginning to feel light-headed. She had a foreboding feeling that she was about to die.

Moaning sounds in the water

It wasn't until her mid 30s that her husband was able to convince her to go boating with him. Though she did not have to step in water she was still uncomfortable. She would hear strange sounds very early in the morning just before sunrise if they went out fishing, or after sunset if they were just out boating. Her husband never heard these sounds.

First the sounds were faint, then they because louder. First they were infrequent then they became intrusive. She never could distinguish what these sounds were. She became so agitated by them that her husband suggested she see a doctor. He feared she was going crazy.

Though my grandmother never said much about the doctor visits she did say that with his help she came to determine what these sounds were and what they meant. According to her these sounds were the moaning of the dead beckoning her to return to her watery grave where she belonged. When the sessions ended the doctor informed her never to go back into the water again. He said that it was not a good sign.

The premonition

On August 10, 1980, my grandmother died of a massive heart attack in her sleep. Her death came as a total shock to both the family and her doctor.

She was treated for angina. Her doctor assured her that she still had many productive years ahead. So when she said she had a feeling she was dying we did not take her seriously. My grandmother always had a flare for the dramatic.

When she started telephoning people that she had not heard from in years we did not see anything unusual about that either. My grandmother always loved to talk on the phone and she was friendly by nature. When she complained to her doctor that she was always tired and didn't feel like doing housework he told her to leave the housework because the house would be there long after she wasn't. My grandmother had faith in her doctor's judgment and we did too.

No autopsy was performed because she had died of natural causes. We did learn some startling information, though. When the mortician was preparing her body, he had to drain over 60 pounds of excess water trapped in her chest and heart cavities. He explained to us that the water had choked her heart and lungs and she had literally drowned. Ironically my grandmother had saved an aging neighbour 20 years earlier from the same fate when she refused to listen to the same negative prognosis and did not stop until she was able to find a caring doctor who had the neighbour hospitalized and saved her life.

I now ask you: Was the near-death by drowning experience she had at eight years old and the moaning of the dead people beckoning her to a watery grave just coincidence? Or was it a forewarning of what was to come? Was it happenstance or was it fate?

I leave you to formulate your own conclusions. I know that I have already formulated mine.

All photos taken from the public domain

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Angels, Angels Calling, Boating, Canoeing, Death, Fate, Heart Attacks, Moaning, Near Death Experience, Preminitions, Sensing Death, Stories About Death, Water Drowning, Water On The Lungs

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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