My Health Scare
Friday, August 14, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I had a health scare. A big one. I have not spoken about it yet here, but it was life changing.
I was sitting at my computer doing some schoolwork. All of a sudden I had chest pains. And pressure. And then it moved into my back and shoulder. My first thought was sh*t. This is it. Then it let up within about 10 minutes. My Doctor sent me to the hospital.
Over the next two days they did every test under the sun, including a cardiac catherization after I came out marginal on the stress test. And then I ended up with a blood clot in my artery that was excruciating as a complication. It was a physically miserable time. I was scared to death. All I could think of was my children, and a wasted life.
I was given the gift of finding out I do not have heart disease, despite all of my risk factors. I also found out it was NOT a heart attack. So I figured it was a good time to get the Doc's approval to exercise more intensely. So I did.
This experience changed everything. I have looked at my health- apparently it is not too late to fix my health. I have looked at my relationships. I have looked at my life. I am spending more time with my kids. I am actually trying to learn how to be kinder to myself. I am more motivated with every facet of my life. I learned that some of the scariest, most awful experiences can change life for the better. I will always be grateful for this time in my life.