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Aug142008

Stress Test Passed

I had the medication-driven stress test a few hours ago and I passed with flying colors. No heart attack, not even any pain. I don't know if I should be glad or worried more. The cardiologist said there was a mere 5%-10% chance of there being something wrong when the test showed nothing. That doesn't seem very low to me.

I think I am just disbelieving that stress or GERD can cause such distress, but apparently it can.

I need to do yoga.

I tried yoga once. Everyone farted and burped. It wasn't very polite, so I never went back and have a sour taste in my mouth when people talk about yoga being all fabulous and such. I struggle not to fart in front of anyone (recently did at a birth and I was mortified!), so doing it with a group of strangers just doesn't appeal.

Meditation puts me right to sleep.

Grinding my teeth works. Until I have to see the dentist.

I need to write more. I'm sure that's the key to stress reduction.

I'm glad at least one issue is pretty resolved. On to the feet and weight next!

Reader Comments (6)

Maybe Taoist Tai Chi, which is all about health and relaxation, is essentially a moving meditation but is also pretty challenging and so not in any way boring. Only problem with it is that it's mostly old people who do it, if being around lots of old people bothers you, it doesn't bother me and I find it to be wonderfully relaxing and I'm a lifelong stress case.

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter::::wifemothermaniac::::

Yoga has a way of stripping us of the layers we build, the "politeness" of society, and taking us to a place where it's possible to truly connect with our bodies and our minds, farts and all.

Your post made me chuckle; as a singer, burping and farting is an essential part of every warm-up routine. When the diaphram starts pushing down on the viscera, it can push gas out. This is helpful, because there's nothing worse than taking a deep breath, opening your mouth to sing, and having a burp come out. It never occured to me that someone could be turned off by gas release.

:)

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeach Bum

I'm glad to hear the test went well!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Have you tried Pilates? It's tough, I won't lie, but it accomplishes much of the same stuff (focusing on your breathing, long, flexible muscles) but you actually get to move. Your abs hurt like hades for a while, but since I started doing pilates reguarly a few months ago, my back pain has disappeared totally and I'm much more focused when I need to be.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheather

Dear Navelgazer,

Hugs to you, all the best.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfleur de lis

90-95% chance is pretty good - better than were you thought you might be a week ago, no?
wishing you calm & health!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoulaMomma

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