After two weeks of tests, everything was set for my cataract surgery this morning. While a routine physical revealed high blood pressure, two days ago my latest reading was 130 over 80. Perhaps, I became a little complacent, throwing a pizza party for my department Wednesday night. When I reached preop, the nurse was unsettled by my blood pressure, most likely due to the sodium in the 4 slices of pizza I eat the night before. Additional tests didn’t improve, only escalating my stress level.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing, James 1:2-4.
I spent the next 30 minutes waiting as physicians came in and out of my room. For a few moments, I felt like I was part of a drama on television, the patient who passes away. I should have seen this coming as the woman at the front desk asked, “do you have a living will and testament with you?” To make matters worse one nurse began to lecture me, interrupting me each time I tried to respond. “You need to eat better, take this serious, see a cardiologist.” This exchange only worsened my condition. Thus, my surgery was cancelled, recommending that I go directly to the emergency room.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us, Romans 5:3-5.
Working on 8 hours of sleep over the past 4 days, 72 hours, I opted to go home and sleep. Meanwhile, my wife stayed home from work in case I needed to be rushed to the hospital. As for now, I have been put back on high blood pressure medication until further notice. The surgery has been postponed until January, requiring visits to my primary doctor and cardiologist before my surgeon will give the thumbs up. As for now, carbs, soda and unhealthy foods are out. I’m not sure how my body is going to adjust, but if I want to see my children grow up changes must be made now. I’m not sure why I have to endure this trial now, bot God allows lives to be turned upside down to prepare individuals for the future.
by Jay Mankus