Struggling to finish the remaining paper works as the charge nurse had left one nurse and myself last Thursday night, the radio call for a “mandown” filled the Clinic. I told the nurse to get the Accucheck machine so we can check the sugar as I heard the inmate just left the Clinic after doing his blood sugar check. I grabbed the emergency bag and we both ran towards the long hallway by the Clinic.
Down on the floor was an orange-clad uniformed huge man, not moving. Two deputies were watching over him as they were glancing from our direction.
I saw one of the deputies putting an ammonia inhaler to see if he would respond. I saw his eyelids twitching. Despite the lack of response, I knew it was intentional.
“C’mon Mr. W.! I know you can hear us. Give me your left arm and I want to get your blood pressure!” I commanded as I signaled for the other nurse to start checking his blood sugar.
With a slight movement, he raised his left arm. Cautious not to be so close, I tried to be in front of him so I had a full view of his face and would be able to observe his reactions.
His eyelids twitching still, he shook a little and softly uttered, “I see demons! I see demons!”
Being the one nearest him, no one else heard his soft whispers. I started praying for the Lord to cover us with His Holy Blood [Glory be to God!] and for His mighty angels to surround us. Praying softly, I saw the frantic look from the other nurse, “Rcubes, the machine keeps saying “error!” I had used two Accucheck machines already. Both of them are saying “errors”…”
“I see demons!” the inmate uttered in a louder tone, enough for all to hear. The deputies huddled closely, ready to tackle him down if he would become combative.At the same time, they had a smirk on their faces. I cautioned the other nurse to keep a good distance and to stop trying to get his blood sugar level.
“Deputies, let’s just bring him down to the Clinic. He is fine with his vitals. He needs to see someone though from Mental Health. I can’t send him to the unit until he’s evaluated.”
The inmate kept rubbing his face at that time, as if to erase a vision no one else saw but him. He just came back from the hospital the day prior for a fall he sustained. Reading his chart, I found out he had been saying that “he sees demons” many times even when he got back from the hospital. He was already seen by Mental Health. But I knew he needed to be re-evaluated. He was in for murder.
How could I explain to the deputies and the nurse that there really was an unseen war?
That there are only two sides. That of God’s and that of the spiritual enemies. A line was drawn. What kind of battle are you on? Facing cruel bosses? Intimidated by neighbors? Relationships being soured by loved ones, friends or others? Conflicts cannot be avoided.Think about the forces behind those…Behind them is an army that is highly organized, merciless, and determined to do one thing: “to dominate the world.”
“Are you seeing demons?”
If you had decided to be on God’s side, fear not! Jesus had already defeated the spiritual enemies on the cross! God made His weapons available for us to use to remain standing in victory!!! We do not belong to this world. We are here to make progress and prepare for what lies ahead…to live in an eternal Kingdom. But while down here, we must not be stagnant but rather grow in maturity. To know more about things of God. So…which side are you on?
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 NKJV)
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?.” (Romans 8:31 NKJV).
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV) -emphasis mine