by Jason Wisdom
A few weeks ago I was driving to work, when all of a sudden there was a sharp pain in my chest. It persisted for several minutes--long enough that I pulled the car over. I had never felt anything like that before. I figured that it was probably just the result of anxiety. After all, this time of year I work nearly 70 hours a week between teaching and coaching. I have a 2 year old son who does not have an off switch or volume control. I also run this website and volunteer as chapter director for the Ratio Christi student apologetics group at University of Georgia. On top of that I am taking classes to complete a doctorate. Finances are very tight, stuff needs to get done around the house, etc etc. So yeh...anxiety seemed like a pretty safe assumption. But just to be on the safe side, I went to see the doctor. They checked my cholesterol (which is high) and did an EKG on my heart. The doctor said that he was a bit
concerned by something that he saw on the EKG, but it didn't seem major and they had been having trouble with the machine, so it could be nothing. His recommendation was that I go to a cardiologist and do a stress test and echo-cardiogram (and that I stop eating fried chicken and biscuits with gravy every day).
In the days leading up to the appointment, I spoke with one of my co-workers who had done a couple of stress tests in the past. He explained: "They are going to put you on a treadmill, and try to give you a heart attack. That way if there is anything wrong, they will know." He told me that he knew of a guy who did exactly that--had a heart attack during the stress test. Very encouraging. Fortunately, that didn't happen to me. Everything went well when I underwent the stress test and echo-cardiogram (an ultrasound on your heart). That isn't an excuse for me to eat junk food and be lazy, but it is comforting to know that my heart is in good shape.
I want to draw out a couple of principles from this experience that I believe are important to the health of the Christian community…
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