About a month and a half ago I woke up with serious chest pains that worsened when I breathed in the cold air. I was scheduled to speak the next day, so I was a little worried the pain wouldn’t go away before the event. To be on the safe side, I went to Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. After an EKG, chest x-ray, and blood work, they sent me home with some steroids, antibiotics, a recommendation to go see a cardiologist, and a much lighter wallet. Thankfully the next day the chest pains were gone, so I dismissed the ordeal as an infection.
Last week, my chest started hurting again to a much lesser degree than it did the first time, but enough to know something wasn’t right. I went to my general practitioner this time, and after another EKG they, too, recommended I go see a cardiologist. This week I saw the cardiologist, and after a third EKG he told me he didn’t think I had any cardiovascular issues, but recommended I do an echocardiogram to check for fluid around my heart, as well as a stress test, which I scheduled for this Friday.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been fighting some serious anxiety lately because of all this. I’m constantly reminding myself God is in control and praying everything will be OK. My daughter, Ellie’s, and my reality of having lost my late husband, Andrew, to cancer when he was only 30 years old has taught me health issues can happen to anyone at any time. When it hits so close to home, you realize it could happen to you. Although I try my best not to dwell on those thoughts when health issues arise, it’s easy to go down that fearful train of thought.
For me, the fear revolves around not being there for my daughter. That’s what I worry about most. Being in all the different doctors’ offices lately brings back some pretty sad and scary memories for me of when Andrew was sick. It’s been especially difficult being in these doctors’ offices alone, which has inevitably lead to me tearing up each time I’m there. Not feeling well has reminded me I’ve lately taken my good health for granted, and how I must be grateful for every day I wake up, especially the days when I feel well. It’s amazing to me how, in an instant, our lives can change when it comes to our health, how when we aren’t in good health it not only impacts our lives, but the lives of those we love.
This has all been a wake-up call to remind me to stop and take inventory to make sure I’m taking care of myself and making my health a priority. It’s also made me consider some ways I could reduce some stress and anxiety in my life. I’d love to know: What do you do to make your health a priority and what are your best stress-busting techniques?
Thank you so much for your contribution and I’m looking forward to reading what you have to share! I so appreciate you spending your valuable time with me today! Grateful for you, my friend. Love and Blessings.
PS – If you’re in the area I’d love for you to come hear my TEDX talk titled Finding Courage in Unlikely Places next Friday, April 7th, at 6 PM at Marcus High School! Click here to purchase your ticket: https://tedxmarcushighschool.org/ticket-information/.
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