The Last Word: Rerouted

Off My Natural Course Toward Death

Pain in my left arm signaled something wrong with this seventy-something body. The doctor ordered tests. “Take some Ativan before you come,” he said, “to lower your blood pressure.” Just four minutes on a treadmill predicted a serious heart attack. He ordered a catheterization. The cardiologist called the day before to reassure me. I would be myself again. My husband had a stent years ago and cleaned the basement drains the next day. I could live with that. I could live.

I chatted...

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About the Author

Dolores L. Christie is former executive director of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has taught undergraduates at John Carroll University and Baldwin Wallace College, and has taught in the graduate departments of Ohio Dominican University and Ursuline College.