By A chela, Washington
About two weeks ago, I had two TIA experiences–a harbinger of likelihood of having a stroke. Upon visiting my health care provider, I was truly shaken to find that my blood pressure was sky high. Before this, I had always had low blood pressure. Tests were taken and I was to await the results to see what the course of action would be. I was scared as it seemed I had no control over the situation.
In the interim, I was advised to have my blood pressure checked at the fire station several times a week. I had the nurse who lives next door check it the next day and it was even higher than before! Read More
By Mandy, New Zealand
I had just had surgery. Lying in my hospital bed after the operation, I heard a woman in the next room crying. I was not alone in my pain. My heart opened in compassion for the woman’s discomfort, and I hoped the nurse would get to her quickly and bring her some relief.
I needed some relief too. Now that the surgery was over, I knew it would take a long time for me to heal. I faced many months of recuperation.
I stared silently up at the ceiling, knowing that it would be difficult. I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay in my physical body. But as an ECKist, I also knew that all was in its rightful place. Every experience has a purpose. Read More