Check Your Puls

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Check your pulse. Can you find it? Do you feel it?

It is circulation to the body, a basic but complex system essential for life. My father-in-law (MD) taught me a valuable lesson. He said, “Before helping another, especially in an emergency, first, check your own pulse.” If I am being honest, I’m still figuring out what this means. Most simply, a pulse is a sign of life. And where there is life, there is an opportunity to act and to make a difference in that of another. It’s a rate. A physiologic response to what is in front of you, telling your system to act urgently or to slow down and digest. It’s a maze. Sixty thousand miles of vessels coursing through and intertwining in the body. A pulse has a tone. It grows and strengthens to deliver nutrients to the essential places. It is consistent, ongoing in the background, and outside of our direct control. A pulse is a story, a reflection of what is centrally happening in the heart while also responding to external forces.

This is my checked pulse. A smattering of reflections on opportunities in life and work as a veterinarian. These are the moments my pulse throbbed with stress or slowed to digest. These are the maze-like days of ebb and flow, of uncontrolled, regularly irregular pulses that induce strengthening growth.

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