Impact of stress
Hi again - I'm the new battery-operated trumpet player in the group. You might get tired of hearing from me. My wife picks at me and says I've been jabbering like a magpie since I can talk without gasping for air following the pacemaker implant less than a week ago.
I work as a senior public relations advisor for the Army. It's a stressful job normally, but with the Army conducting operations in an unpopular war, it's really been tough. The workload and expectations can be unreasonable. I'm not being critical - this is just the nature of this business.
I'm 50 years old with underlying heart and lung conditions..but I don't want to medically retire and I'm not trying to get out of work. However, I do realize that I need to protect the potential for health benefits that my new pacemaker can be provide from things like over-eating; under-exercising; and allowing too much stress to burden me down.
Any advice or comments about experiences with stress and its impact on the pacemaker patient? or about finding the balance where I can be a productive employee but not allow the job to consume me?