EKG: No problem!
Triglycerides: Within range.
Blood Pressure: 114/78 (Fine)
Ratio of HDL to LDL: Perfect
Doc was in the process of telling me what an excellent job I’d done and admonishing me to continue doing same and return in July 2012. Absent-mindedly, I asked, “What about a stress test?”
“Hmmmm,” he replied, wondering, “You’ve never done a stress test?”
“Nope,” I replied.
He went through the five heart disease risk factors: no, no, no ,no, yes. (The only “Yes” for heart disease in immediate family, poor Daddy.)
To make a long story short, he decided “Why not, let’s do a stress test” to appease that one risk factor. So I went across the street for the test . . . and flunked!
That episode led to a nuclear stress test completed today, the results of which I’m waiting for tomorrow, but the long and short of it all is that family doc suspects the possibility of a blockage.
A blockage? Me? The poster child of middle-aged health, exercise, and diet consciousness?
I’m afraid so!
As for what’s next, I know not. We’ll just have to wait for today’s results and go from there. Meanwhile, I choose to accept the news as good news, not worrisome news. What if I had not asked about a stress test? What if Friday’s stress test gave misleading results? What if I collapsed and died mowing the grass two weeks from now because no one knew I had a life-threatening condition? What if, what if, what if?
Thank God “What if?” is a question He can answer. I believe I’ll still be around two weeks from now . . . and considerably longer. And so I’m thankful.