Sunday, May 11, 2014

Always Bring a Buddhist With You to Long Medical Appointments

Five hours of medical treatment was all we could take. Fortunately it was all in the same place. Miriam,
my yoga teacher, drove. I can't safely do that.

First we saw my primary care physician, who ordered a bunch of tests: EKG, CAT scan with dye and an appointment with a cardiologist.

My EKG was slightly abnormal. The CAT scan  showed no embolism but did pick up a kidney stone and a bit of fluid around the lungs.

I saw Dr. Jaffe the cardiologist and he put me on blood pressure medication, scheduled me for an echo cardiogram and stress test. Stunned, we drove back to Jeffersonville. Miriam picked up my prescription and dropped off the mail. Then she took me home.

All through the day, Miriam kept me focused  on breathing and Buddhist thinking.

Queue  Doris Day: 'Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. The future's not ours to see, que sera sera.'