On my walk tonight, I came across this spot where the sidewalk ended, but continued at the other side of a vacant lot. It illustrated some feelings I’m having of late caused by a health issue I’ve been dealing with.
I found out this afternoon that I have angina – a cardiac condition that basically just means I have pain on exertion. The good news is I don’t need surgery or anything invasive – and the nuclear stress test showed no blockage.
Actually, that was great news.
The less good news is that my ekg was abnormal. And, I’m still having pain.
So, I’ll be taking a blood vessel-dilating medication, and I’m going to do everything I can to improve the condition of my heart muscle. I’m hoping that a healthier heart will reach its max heart rate slower than is happening now, which will mean the pain will not occur when I’m hiking with my family or riding my bike to the farmer’s market.
Ideally, after a few months… or a year, who knows, really… I’ll be able to keep moving forward on this journey through my repurposed life as I was planning, without having to knock things off my to-do list. I’ll be on that other part of the sidewalk.
That’s what I’m counting on, at least.