Another Kind of Test


Hemingway, why did Mom go to the vet the other day?

Steinbeck, I’ve told you that Mom doesn’t go to the vet, she goes to a doctor.

Well, if the vet is good enough for us, why isn’t it good enough for Mom?



You still haven’t answered any of my questions.

Fine…… listen.  Mom had to go have something called a stress test done.

Does that hurt?  Will we have to have one?

Mom said it didn’t hurt, although she did have all sorts of reactions to the chemicals.  The nurses gave her diet cola as soon as they could after the restrictions were lifted and she started to feel better.

Why did she have to have that test?  Did she study for it?  Will she get paid more money for passing it?

Steinbeck, it’s not that kind of a test.  This was a test to see how Mom’s heart was working.

Oh nooooooooo!  Is her heart going to stop?

Not at all, Steinbeck.  Remember how much stress she was under when she was starting her new job?

I sure do.

Well, some of the things happening to her body then could have been some heart issues so her doctor wanted her to get it checked out.  Her doctor told her that the tests show no blockages and that’s very good.  She’s also feeling better now that the stress has died down some.

Wow.  Humans are complicated beings.  Are we supposed to keep testing Mom so she doesn’t get stress overload again?

Somehow I think Mom would say we test her enough, especially you.


I’m going to tell Mom that once again you’re not being nice.

From the Mom:

Yes, I did have a stress test a couple of weeks ago.  Several years back, I went to a Lifeline Screening.  I just figured it would be a good thing to check out even though that’s something I would normally never do.  In fact, on my scheduled day they had a power failure so they couldn’t do the test.  Ordinarily that would have been enough for me to forget about it but I didn’t.  I made sure they got me rescheduled.  Know what?  When they did the tests, they discovered that my right carotid artery was 95% blocked and I had no symptoms.  Just a few days later I was in the hospital for surgery.  Since that time, all of my scans have been clear.  However, I was putting my body through so much stress with the new job that I was having shortness of breath and I was sweating like crazy.  Since I seem to avoid showing symptoms, I agreed with my doctor that we should check it out.  I’m doing fine now.  I’ve noticed that I don’t have the shortness of breath and the sweating that I did so the stress has lessened.  I am getting more comfortable with my job and feel like I know most of what I’m doing.  My word to the boys’ readers is to get the Lifeline Screening done if it’s in your town.  Those are tests I never would have had at my doctor’s office ‘cuz I didn’t have any symptoms.  They saved my life.

By the way, the boys may bring stress into my life at times, but it’s all surrounded by love.  How can anyone be stressed out by a purring ball of fluffy fur?


22 thoughts on “Another Kind of Test

  1. We are all very happy you are okay and your stress is diminishing, and we know the boys feel the same. That sure is an adorable photo of them and the cat statue. Everyone, please take care of yourselves. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    1. Oh, all of us feel so close to all of you. Fur people will do that. I know the boys took good care of me when I was struggling and that kitty love is a great healer. Thanks to all of you for being in our lives.
      Stereo purrs…………Hemingway and Steinbeck

  2. I am glad you are OK. My mother lost her significant other in April because he kept being told for months he had pneumonia.He had a blockage and surgery was planned, but he passed away before it- I think life screening would have found it in plenty of time.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear this. I try to tell everyone about Lifeline Screening. It literally did save my life. Our bodies will usually tell us something. In my case it was my heart and mind that were telling me to go through the tests.

  3. SO GLAD that your Mom is OK boys…..humans need to keep things checked out just like we kitties do. Stress can do a lot of harm and we’re happy that your Mom feels less stress at her new job now. NEW stuff is always stressful. So glad she got things checked out!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

  4. We got a postcard about Lifeline and I wondered if I should do this. When we get cash flow again, I will find out if it is still in our area. So very glad all is well with you and you are in tune with your body. *hugs*

  5. I also had Lifeline screening several years ago. Fortunately they didn’t find anything. I also had the simple heel density test done free at a drugstore and was referred to my doctor. I had the beginnings of osteoporosis and I was in my early 50s. Screenings are very valuable even if you don’t think anything is wrong. BTW I have an extra heartbeat which always gives me an abnormal EKG even though it’s somewhat normal. It’s good to know these things.

    1. Yes, it is good to know stuff. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out I have a heart murmur. I also have an irregular heart beat and am on medication for that. When I was under all the stress about the job, my heart was in panic mode and it did scare me. I think everyone should check out Lifeline Screening ‘cuz if anyone else is like me and doesn’t show any symptoms, the doctor wouldn’t schedule any tests. I was very fortunate that I was stubborn that time. HA!

  6. doodz….we iz glad yur mom iz aye oh kay N we hope her stayz that way…pleez tell her ta chek with her doctor bout takin B vitaminz…de food serviss gurl takez a….. B stress…… everee day; thatz de reel for sure name oh it !!! heerz ta happee dayz a head ~~~~~~~ 🙂 ♥♥

    1. It’s always so wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for giving good wishes to Mom. She does take vitamins and now that she’s understanding her job more, she’s not as edgy.
      Stereo purrs………….Hemingway and Steinbeck

  7. Kitty furs is the best medicine (besides doggie furs), so I think you are in good paws as far as reducing stress. You are smart to get stuff checked, even when you’re not sure you need it. We are happy the reports were good.

    Love and licks,

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