Not Time Yet

She worked as an aide in a nursing home while putting herself through college. The experience made her fall in love with the elderly and decide to make them her life’s work as a nurse.

One of the little ladies she especially loved was named Betty, age 94. She had seizures every now and then. The young aide described what happened one day:

“I was busy with another lady when one of the nurse assistants who didn’t know that Betty has seizures started yelling, ‘Someone come quick!’

“I ran to the bathroom where she was with Betty. She said that Betty had said to her, ‘I feel like I am going to die,’ and then had a seizure and went limp for about a minute.

“When I came in the bathroom I told the other assistant that this was normal. What wasn’t normal was that she continued to have three more seizures. She normally had only one at a time.

“When Betty came to after her last seizure I asked her, ‘Betty where did you go?’

“She responded immediately, ‘I am not sure where I went but when I got there they told me I am not allowed in. I have to go back home. It isn’t time yet.’

“I was in shock but tried to reply quickly, ‘Betty, you can’t go anywhere, you have to stay here with me.’

“She replied, ‘I don’t want to go. I want to stay here with you.”’

“I thought this was one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed,” the young nurse’s aide said. “It really furthered my beliefs in life after death and heaven.”

By Susan Darst Williams • • © 2019