A week ago on Friday I was giving a speech in front of a large crowd on marketing at the Mid Atlantic marketing summat. I have given speeches hundreds of time. I clearly am very comfortable putting myself out there and making a fool out of myself if I screw up. But as I was about to start my speech, I had a very deep pain in my chest, left arm and neck.
WTF! After doing a thousand ads on health care, it was a sign you do not ignore. My jaw was aching, and yet, I had 20 minutes ahead of me in front of the large crowd. I powered through. My staff noticed I was a little off, HELL YES, I was worried and wondering if I was going to make a dramatic flop on stage, but I gave the speech, bad jokes and all, and left and right to the ER.
6 hours later after countless tests, I was released and turns out the Er Doctors in the DC areas parents live in Reedville, which had a very calming effect. I have since then had more tests and a Stress Test…. I tried to convince them running wasn’t going to show my stress, I wanted to be in an office cube with complaining clients and the new issue of the Rudder. UGH, but the good news is, my heart is as healthy as an Ox. Never understood that cliche, since I have no desire to be a stew. Anyway,
The only explanation right now is stress and Anxiety. mmmmm, I wonder what that’s all about? I only work from 4 AM until when ever my staff leaves. Some nights at 10PM, or the 7 day work weeks flying to LA or drives to NY. BTW, WoodyBoater is a stress reliever, unless of course I am bitching about the Club that shall not be mentioned for my sanity.
May is mental health month and it dawned me that boat rides are far more important than a joke about stress release. And yes, I got a Dr to agree. Here is the prescription.Thanks to Bob Kays who’s wonderful wife Denise is a MD.
I own 5 boats and they are all in various states of repair to get ready for the season. And a long winter on Sausage Days had taken its tole on me. So this weekend. Maybe even tomorrow, Friday. Take the day off and go out on your boat. Your mental health will thank you.