I have been putting off writing and publishing this post for one very good reason – I have no idea about what to write. Should I write about going to see Jersey Boys on Saturday at the Hershey Theatre? Should I write about shoveling snow after having been in the hospital with chest pains? Should I write about the notification we received about who our keynote speaker will be at this year’s PCTELA conference?
After careful thought, and being desperate for a topic, I chose to write about my upcoming stress test which takes place next Tuesday.During the week I received a confirmation about the test from the doctor’s office listing what I need to do to prepare for the test. I am sure it is also meant to destressify me. So, here is my take of the list of instructions I received.
First of all I need to be at the office at 7:30 which means leaving the house by 6:45 which means getting up by 6:00. Since I retired I forget that there is a 6 A.M. Sorry to those of you who are already at work by that time. Certainly this will not be a stress factor.
Secondly, no caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate) or decaffeinated beverages 24 hours prior to the test. No coffee? No chocolate? Does this mean that if I want I can make and drink an entire pot of coffee from 6:30 to 7:30 the day before the test? Can I have some Tastycake chocolate cupcakes to go with those cups of coffee as well as some peanut butter cups for dessert?
Thirdly, Nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours prior to arrival time. Not a problem since I plan to spend most of this time sleeping.
The fourth item on the list is to bring a snack including a beverage that contains caffeine. Does a caramel cappuccino count? How about a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit?
Next on the list is to wear a short sleeved shirt and sneakers. Darn! I was planning on wearing one of me suits and a pair of dress shoes.
Well, with this list of rules I am sure that I will not be stressed going in for a stress test. Maybe my post next week will be about how the test went.