Dis-ease of the Heart: Part II
Wednesday, they will crack open my chest like a Maine lobster shell. They will take my heart in their hands and splice some available arteries into my left main artery, thus bypassing the very dangerous area of plaque build-up that might have easily killed me.
It turns out I was that person who is asymptomatic, in great shape, good blood pressure, and good cholesterol that dies suddenly on the tennis court, bike, elliptical, or golf course. All my favorite activities.
So I am flooded with fear and gratitude. I’ve been exercising up a storm to get into good shape and now the docs have given me a supply of nitro and told me to stop everything till I get to my surgery in two days. Unfortunately, my anxiety abut all this manifest as tightening of my chest and shortness of breath, thus masquerading as the beginning of a heart attack. This ever so slightly intensifies my anxiety! At least I am married to a fabulous doctor who can tell the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack.
I am a shrink, so I should be able to help myself through this with meditation, relaxation exercises, positive visualizations and other such wise practices. No such luck. Turns out I’m not such a good patient. I did spend yesterday at my Buddhist meditation center on a retreat. I actually slept like a baby for part of the day, and it was very comforting, although not the best form of mindfulness.