How I got here in the first place.
I guess it kind of creeps up on you. One minute you’re a skinny 72 pound 7thgrader and the next thing you know you’re 46 and in the ER having a heart attack.
I always was a skinny kid and pretty active playing on a soccer team, Ti Kwon Do, tennis, etc. but like most people, as we get older we tend to get over run with life in general and the activities tend to change. Torn tendons and multiple twisted ankles cause you to rethink playing soccer or doing most any kind of running. Add onto that a pinched nerve resulting in numerous injections in the neck when the chiropractor can’t help anymore make you leery about strenuous exercise. And those are my excuses and I’m sticking to it!
The long and the short of it is that over time, we tend to let things slide. We make excuses for why we don’t do the things we know should do. We add the extra salt to the steak, we start to have not one or two containers of ice cream in the freeze but have three to five going at a time. We look at others and tend to say to ourselves, I’m not that bad, I eat pretty healthy, they’ll have “issues” way before I do. I don’t smoke or drink. I live a pretty clean life. Hey, I even started back exercising 3-4 times a week 45 minutes a day this year. I’m doing fairly well aren’t I?
So is all this why I had a heart attack? I don’t know. My doctor said even with the little extra weight he said he would not have thought I was a risk for a heart attack. So was it genetic then? Maybe. I’m sure I didn’t help myself at all with some of the choices in foods I ate and my lack of serious attention to my health. Could it have been as with Job were God allowed Satan to attack him? Well, I’m no Job. Maybe it was God’s way of getting my attention. If so, why? We can ask all the questions and still be wondering why, but the point that needs to be made is, it has happened, so what can I learn from this? How is God wanting to use this in my life and in the life of those around me?
Over the next several weeks I hope to be posting some of the things I am learning from a Heart Attack.
(Comments, suggestions and insights are welcome)
December 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM
We are thankful to God you are still with us! Our lives would not be the same without our “Son-in-Love.” Please keep on the right path…we all need you and love you more than you’ll ever realize.
December 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM
It is great that you are doing well…It’s true that GOD does get our attention. A good example is when I dislocated my shoulder and almost went into shock because of it…But honestly, I wish that GOD had a less painful way of getting my attention…Great article by the way. God Bless you and your precious family!