A Personal Transition: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

My physical was scheduled for May but my doctor suggested we begin some of the tests in April in order to avoid having the tests all bunched up at once.  I thought that sounded like a good idea so we scheduled a stress test.  Because of family history I have a stress test every five years.  Well, I had the test on Friday morning and by Friday afternoon I was on restriction with direction to quit my physical workout for awhile.

I was scheduled to meet with a cardiologist who scheduled me for an angiogram and possible stent.  So, within a week action was being taken.  The angiogram showed that I had two blockages, one 60 per cent and one 50 percent.  Normally they would not operate, except, the 60 per cent blockage was in a location that causes it to have the nickname “widowmaker.”  After seeing the location there was no doubt that we should move ahead with the surgery.  The doctors said that it could wait until after the school year and so the double by-pass was scheduled for May 22, 2007.

The day came.  The surgery went well and the recovery goes well.  The journal begins on www.caringbridge.com/visit/stevearnold.  All I can say is that God was truly present and gave me a peace that truly passes all understanding.  The recovery has been steady.  Each day gets a bit better than the day before.  God is still present every day.

I have learned that my life will be different.  I have always exercised, but, now I must be consistent.   I am a high energy person but I truly feel that I have lived an integrated life.  I have kept my diabetes under “control”.  However, I did gain weight.  Even more, I have a genetic history that leads to this point.  Now, I know there is no room for messing around.   Personal discipline takes on a whole new form.

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