- It is reassuring to pass stress tests when one is in the eighth decade of life. I feel stronger and more healthy after doing so well on the test. The old ticker is working just like it should despite the arrhythmias I experience that sometimes make me worry that something isn’t working right. I am better at trusting the pacemaker to correct the rhythms of my heart. Knowing that my exercised heart recovers quickly builds great confidence as I pursue walking and exercising as a more regular practice.
- Things never stay the same. The hospital where I had the test is built on the site where the hospital where I was born once stood. Thankfully, the old one is gone, and we now have a state of the art hospital in its place.
- Progress happens. So sometimes one's favorite places, like Wooglins, must make room for progress as Colorado College expands its campus.
- Self care can take place in different ways. Exercise and massage are so important to me at this stage of life. I am grateful that I am able to give myself the gift of both exercise and massage. I am also grateful to know self care is not indulgent. It is necessary to good physical, mental, and spiritual health. It took me a lifetime to learn this.
- The memory of living below the poverty line when I was a single mother is very vivid. I hope to become more involved in helping others whom are working full-time jobs and yet are considered the “working poor.”