Welcome to my first Monday Moment!
From now until the end of the year, each and every Monday will focus on a moment I want to capture from either the day or the past week. Planning to capture this every week is another way I will practice consciousness in everyday moments.
What moment left an impact on me?
I was told this morning that a co-worker wasn't feeling well and that an ambulance was called. As soon as I was told, I went to check on her. I spoke with her briefly while we waited for the EMTs. In those brief moments, she was visibly shaken, but otherwise looked fine. She feared she was having a heart attack. She didn't appear to be sweating, but had some difficulty walking. I honestly thought that maybe we'd find later that she had a panic attack. I know many people that have had panic attacks and think they're having a heart attack.
A few hours later the news came...doctors confirmed she had a heart attack.
It's that moment that I'll remember.
The moment of shock. I was shocked because she didn't look like she'd had a heart attack. She didn't have any outward indicators of being at risk for a heart attack - she wasn't overweight and she didn't smoke.
The moment of heart ache. How scary it must have been for her. How was she feeling now? Was she in pain? What's next? Was stress from work a factor?
The moment is seared in my memory. The moment has made me read up heart attack symptoms in women. Please take a moment now to review. Symptoms vary between women and men and can be much more subtle.
I'm so glad my co-worker erred on the side of caution. She did the right thing. She likely saved her own life.
My co-worker is in my thoughts and prayers this evening. I'm asking you hold her up in prayer tonight as well.
Be open to what comes.