Friday, June 29, 2007

My religious experience...

Yes. It's true. I had a religious experience yesterday. I will now be converting my inner being to serve the God of the white, concentric circles. All hail the white light!

;)
Just kidding.
I had a killer migraine yesterday and ended up in the ER. The doctor on call was following the CYA mantra to the letter and subjected me to an, in my opinion, unnecessary CT Scan. But, I'm kind of glad that he did that - now.
I usually have an aura that precedes a migraine (I have hemiplegic migraines, so that's pretty common). But, I do not, nor have I ever, had aura DURING The migraine. I *do* get EXTREMELY photophobic. When I went to the ER, I had to wrap a bath towel around my head to keep the light (and therefore, the pain) at bay. During the CT scan, the tech was merciful and turned the lights out in the scan room. She did make me take the towel off my head (grr!). During the exam, I kept my eyes closed...BUT, in a strange turn of events, when she fired the machine up, I started seeing white, concentric circles that seem (intuitively) as if they were appearing where the cuts in the tomography might have been. It was hella' bizarre. Never experienced that before. I said something to the tech, afterward, like "That was strange. I saw white circles." and she said, "OH! Really? I've heard of that happening, but it's supposedly extremely rare. Do you have migraines?"

So...now I'm left wondering. What caused that "vision"? Did the x-ray particles stimulate my visual cortex?? Was I just incredibly sensitive to the disturbance of x-ray? Has anyone else experienced this sort of thing? Or...should I file for non-profit status and think up some prayers?

Repent atheists and see your errors.

20 comments:

Katie said...

You should definitely file for nonprofit status and make up some prayers. Just think of the money you could make from this! Make sure you lock up exclusive book and movie rights and wait for the people to come to you. ;)

Here's my proposed business plan for you:

step 1: have a migraine/CT scan induced "vision"
step 2: apply for non-profit status and start pimping your "religious experience" every way you can think of
step 3: PROFIT!!!

It's brilliant. You really can't lose!

amarullis said...

Migraines make you hypersensitive, so it is really possible that you were sensing the x-rays. Some people claim to be able to "feel" wi-fi signals, so why not x-rays?
Not to worry you, but before I was diagnosed and treated for petit mal seizures, I used to have several sensory hallucinations (light, sound, déjà vu) before and during seizure related migraines. I am glad I wasn't religious at the time, or I may have thought that god was trying to tell me something. There is a theory that when the saints heard the voice of god and/ or had visions, they were just having petit mal seizures.

Infidel Rooster said...

But wait, what do you mean, "What caused that 'vision'?"? I thought you said it was the God of white concentric circles?!?! Dammit, I guess I'll just have to keep looking for evidence....

Fiery Ewok said...

Yikes a migraine bad enough to go to the emergency room.

You have my sincerest sympathies.

Sending you warm fuzzies and best wishes!

Scott Campbell said...
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bugsoup said...

What's the old saying?

"God works in mysterious halos."

That's gotta be the best possible way for an all powerful deity to communicate with us mere mortals. Give us five realiable senses, and then send messages through a sixth that we have never used before. Way to go, infalable creator. Even I know there are better ways to announce my presence.

Paul said...

Yes, some people "claim" to be able to sense wi-fi networks, but there is, to date, no credible evidence that they actually do. I think it unlikely you were sensing the X-Rays. More likely a visual hallucination brought on by the combination of circumstances. However, please note that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on television, so my opinion on this matter is hardly informed.

Sander said...

@Katie:
step 3: PROPHET!!!

Xzanron said...

Actually.. the phenomenon is known and is being studied by neurologists.

The nickname for the tool they use is "The God Helmet". I suspect it has the religious loonies up in arms.

The wikipedia entry is here "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helmet"

I also suffer migraines and like you it makes me photophobic. I've never had it so bad that I had to go to hospital though... so I feel for you.

Cogito said...

I don't have any insight into your "miraculous" experience, but I wanted to just say, oh you poor thing. I hope you're feeling better, and that this is a very rare thing.

Come to think of it, here's an insight - as so often happens, the omnibenevolent God is farting around with conjuring tricks instead of fixing the big fat problem causing pain to a human being! Good thing the doctors can use secular science to fix things.

Lexa said...

Xzanron - Actually, the God Helmet (although awesome in its own right) is something different. It uses magnetics to inspire a feeling of connectedness. What PM mentioned was only a visual experience allegedly caused by x-rays, not magnetism.

Paul . said...

I have migraines too, and I see checkerboard patterns during mine. My doctor explained it as the migraine affecting the optic nerve.

I take Maxalt for my migraines, it's like magic the way it makes the pain melts away. You may want to ask your doctor about getting some.

ShadesOfGrey said...

If L. Ron Hubbard can make up his own religion and have gullible actors as followers, I, too, say you should go for it. Maybe you can hire me to be your prayer writer??

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Thanks for the well-wishes.

I've never had it so bad that I had to go to hospital though... so I feel for you.

This is only the second time that it's been bad enough to send me to the hospital.


I take Maxalt for my migraines, it's like magic the way it makes the pain melts away. You may want to ask your doctor about getting some.

Unfortunately, for me, that family of medications is not an option. I would love to take a triptan. I was pretty much begging for some Imitrex. But, I have a bigger illness that's behind the migraines and am prone to strokes and blood clots...so, no abortive migraine meds for me. :( To say that it sucks would be an understatement.

Furyan said...

Where are the fundies? Furyan want to debate and devour them morally and logically.

Xzanron said...

My mistake... I misread CT scan as an MRI... oh well.. their both big machines that go bing!

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Where are the fundies? Furyan want to debate and devour them morally and logically.

ROFLOL. They tend to come and go in spurts.

Poodles Rule said...

I have smell halucinations before a migraine. I smell something burning. Makes for a fun time when I try to evacuate places. I have learned to look for other signs so I stop the urge to pull alarms.

fubarmonkey said...

Interesting... I've heard of things like that happening from Near Death and Out of Body experiences, but never heard of one stimulated by a migraine. I wouldn't doubt it's possible that the migraine was so bad it affected the part of your brain that interprets signals from your eyes.

Never heard of anyone "feeling" X-rays but I have heard of people feeling different frequencies of waves.

Saurian200 said...

Furyan,

Where are the fundies? Furyan want to debate and devour them morally and logically.

Check out the commenst for the "Most Haunted Marathon on Discovery" post. You might find someone interesting there.