My Achy Breaky Heart
I always hated taking a test. Thanks to my first-grade teacher, I now have unrealistic expectations of how I’m going to perform when a test is measuring my where with all. We took some kind of aptitude test. When the results came back, she lined up the kids who did very well on one side of the room and the ones who didn’t do so well on the other. And yes, I was on the dummy side. Even though I was six years old, I can still feel the horror and shame that maybe I wasn’t good enough. Can I pass you the tissues yet?
Even now after all my accomplishments, I hear the word test and I can feel my blood pressure spike. I’m lucky enough that my health has been good. The only meds I take are eye drops and some vitamins. This knee surgery needs to be done, but I figured no big deal. I got this. Then it happened. The anesthesiologist didn’t like the looks of my EKG. Well jeepers. Now what?
Oh, a stress test? Whoever thought of giving a stress test where I walk uphill on a bum knee was a good idea, put me at odds with the process. (This was happening without my morning coffee, I might add. I like to refer to it as a mood stabilizer. Am I wrong?) Was I being set up for failure? Later that day I was called and told I failed the test. Talk about standing on the wrong side of the room again. My knee surgery was canceled until I could get a heart catheterization to determine if I had a blockage.
That little procedure is this week. Prayers appreciated, of course. At least my doctor is cute. Actually, he looks like he just graduated from high school. I thought about asking to see his credentials. Then again, I didn’t want him to feel I didn’t trust him or thought he couldn’t do the job. I know how that feels. Anyway, that’s where we are this week.
I have a ton of stuff to do before things start happening, because I know soon after they are going to start working on my knee. Next week? The next? I figure whenever it is I’ll not be ready. I’ve got the garden to clip, laundry to do, a book promotion to do for The Knight Before Chaos and another big promo for the Enigma Series. But you know what? I am blessed. I have good doctors and insurance. A husband who doesn’t mind helping me through all of this and lots of friends who are pulling for me are all on my side of the room. They don’t even know about me failing the aptitude test when I was six. Some of them even think I’m really smart. Lol.
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