A Happy Health Update

I had the last of the tests on my heart yesterday, and the techs and the supervising cardiac specialist indicated to me that they couldn’t see any damage from the period of dysrhythmia that I experienced! Yay! πŸ™‚

A bonus is that they couldn’t find any underlying problem that might have caused the dysrhythmia in the first place! Yay yay!!

I can’t tell you what a relief that was. Or maybe many of you have experienced something similar.

So, the way I understand it, some nerve endings in my heart misfired for some reason. This had never happened before, and there’s a good chance that it may never happen again.

It was likely just a glitch. In the scheme of health things, a very small one. And I’ll talk to the cardiac specialist about all this stuff when I have an office appointment with him.

But this little glitch forced me to re-evaluate many things; to be more mindful. I feel like I’ve got a second chance.

My husband is presently commuting to his new job that is four hours away. We only see each other a couple of days a week. Do we really want to keep doing that?

Do I want to stay in a job – I’m a high school teacher – that’s incredibly stressful and is “lead” by some of the most dogmatic, short-sighted, otherwise-unemployable people anywhere? I have one year left. The pragmatic decision is to stay. That way, the numbers will work out much better.

After many years as a private pilot, I have prepared a second career as a professional pilot. By the grace of someone or something, this issue with my heart is unlikely to affect my long-term medical status with respect to this career. Again, the pragmatic decision is to wait for a year before starting it.

My deep-down sense is that stress caused this situation in the first place.

But I have to be able to live my life, too. I can’t act like a delicate hothouse flower. I never was one of those and can’t see any value in starting that now.

Maybe I’m just talking about living a more balanced life, and the big question for me is how to do that.

What about you? Have you faced a situation where you’ve had to re-evaluate how you live your life? Have you felt like you’ve had a second chance? How have you handled it?Β 


24 thoughts on “A Happy Health Update”

  1. I’m so glad the issue seems to have passed without any long term damage. Staying in a job we dislike is very stressful and being away from a loved one is adds to it. Sometimes making a big change is worth the risk. It was for me.

    1. Me too! I was really trying not to worry about it but of course that never works.

      I agree that sometimes a big change is worth the risk. M and I have decided that I should finish my last year (I’ll be on medical leave for half of it because I’m getting hip replacement surgery) and then I’m going to be moving to join him! πŸ™‚

  2. Yay for the good health news! Happy for you. Yes, I have had to re-evaluate how I live my life after losing a child. My attitude on life has always been 1) there is always someone going through much worse, and 2) it’s not about the problem but how you approach it. πŸ™‚ ~Karen~

    1. I was so sorry to hear about your loss, Karen, and you wrote about this so eloquently in your post.

      You are so very right that there are always others who are worse off, and I often remind myself of that as well.

      And yes, it’s not so much the problem but the approach that’s important.

      Thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  3. Last year I had that opportunity, and for awhile I seemed to be able to look at more of the positive areas in my life rather than the negatives…I have to admit that while it is still true that I do…. I also find I slip from time to time and revert to some old habits. I am aware of this though and am trying to concentrate on the good things and people in my life….(as you know I’ve had a rough patch in the past few days…as it is one year ago when the traumatic episode happened)…. Good for you that you’ve thought things through and are happy with your decision… Diane

    1. It’s so hard to avoid negativity sometimes, isn’t it? You have had a rough patch and yes, it’s important to focus on the good stuff, especially the people in our lives.

      Hope you’re feeling better. πŸ™‚

  4. That’s really good news Lynette. I think stress has become a part of everyone’s lives these days, it’s something we live with to a greater or lesser extent, but not enough is done to recognise its destructive nature or to alleviate it when it is diagnosed. We’re all supposed to cope and decide for ourselves what to change. When stress becomes intense, what we really need is someone to make decisions for us. I’m trying at the moment to get my husband to alter his workload, but it’s not easy.
    Best wishes for your continued recovery and with whatever choices you make .

    1. Thanks, Jenny. πŸ™‚

      That’s a very good point. We really can get so stressed out that we almost can’t think for ourselves and start making poor decisions. And yes, it is so destructive. People sometimes speak proudly of how much stress they have in their lives as if it’s a badge of honour or they may look down on those who can’t “cope” with it. In the meantime, it’s likely eating insidiously away at the very core of their lives.

      I hope you’re successful in getting your husband to alter his workload. We’re so much more than just our jobs.

  5. I was just amazed reading this post. First, I am so happy you are doing better. Have you ever checked into books that describe the body’s signs to us- such as Theta Healing and also Your Body Speaks Your Mind. I feel there is something for you to understand here. Just a thought.
    the “amazed” part was that you are a HS teacher- I did not know that and also a pilot. Are you kidding me? I love that. I can barely parallel park my car. Who am I kidding? I can’t even do that.

    1. Hi Kim, Thanks for your reading suggestions! I have not heard of those books but “Your Body Speaks Your Mind” sounds like something I should read. Probably available on Amazon, I’m thinking. What is theta healing?

      Yes, I am a HS teacher/pilot. I kind of kept that info under wraps because I was worried that my ex-narcissist might be able to identify me that way; d’Arty-Cross was my grandmother’s name. As time has gone on, though, I’ve become less concerned as I think that he has moved on to greener pastures and isn’t looking for me, thankfully.

      Btw, I know a pilot who doesn’t drive at all – he flunked his driver’s test when he was 17 and never bothered with it again! πŸ™‚

  6. Gosh, I feel like I reevaluate my life constantly! Every year seems to bring some huge change.

    I’m glad to hear that you are healthy and that everything came back well!

    1. Thank you – it’s such a relief. πŸ™‚

      I do a lot of re-evaluating as well, but this seems so much more hardcore – like I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Thinking of doing a post about it.

  7. Lynette, I nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger Award! I love your honesty and courage! You are a woman to be celebrated, my dear! Congratulations! xo ~Karen~

    1. Karen,

      Thanks so very much for the nomination! I also have to apologize for being so very late in responding – after I posted this piece I got some rather bad news (it’s okay now) and needed to just hunker down and re-group. Then there was some planned surgery. I’m only now slowly catching up with everyone and thinking about my next post. Many, many thanks for your very kind words – much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m glad your health is back on track, Lynette! What subjects do you teach at school? The heart never ceases to amaze me. It never gets any rest and has to maintain such as high standard of performance. At least your brain gets to dream!

    1. Hi Jack,

      Sorry that it’s taken me so long to reply – after this post I was hit with some “bad heart” news; it seemed as if I’d spoken too soon! Anyway, that situation turned out to be a false alarm as well, but it took quite a while for me to get the green light. Then that was followed up by some planned surgery on my hip. I’m hoping that everything is going to be a little smoother now! πŸ™‚

      I teach English and sometimes, science as well. A bit of an odd mix, maybe, but I’ve always been interested in both.


  9. I had to laugh as you described your supervisors at school because I think I’m working for the same people! I teach 8-9 year-olds though. I’ve spent the summer recovering from my second total knee replacement (two different knees luckily), and with time comes contemplation. I’ve decided this is my last year of teaching. There’s still so much I want to do and teaching, which can be incredibly rewarding on some days, can also suck the life out of you. I think watching my mother’s declining health (physical and mental) at age 86 is what made me mindful that there’s only so much time to “go for it.” Follow your passion. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jan,

      Thanks so much for your very kind and supportive comments. my apologies, too, for taking so long to reply – I had a further heart setback (which turned out to be a false alarm, but it took a long time for that be sorted out) and then hip replacement surgery. It’s been quite a journey!

      Isn’t it funny – we’re in two different countries with two different education systems, and we have the same administrators. It doesn’t matter where you are, they’re interchangeable! I agree that as much as I love teaching – and it has been an extremely rewarding career – it indeed can suck the life out of you. I’m glad to hear that you’ve decided to leave – it’s amazing how these health/life milestones with our loved ones or ourselves can focus us in the most laser-like way. I am “going for it” and am actively looking for a new job right now. πŸ™‚


  10. Hi Lynette! I’m happy to read you got a good report from the doctor. I hope you’re continuing to do well. πŸ™‚ I’ve lived with a chronic disease for over twenty years, during that time, I’ve constantly felt like I’ve been given a second change. I take that chance and run with it…every time!

    1. Thanks, Jill. It’s been an interesting few months. After I posted this piece I had further bad news that later turned out to be a false alarm, but obviously was very stressful. Then I had hip replacement surgery! I am doing the same and running with the second chance – new job here I come! πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing well, too.

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