The body that cried


Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Robert felt a slight pain in the chest and a shortness of breath. Was it the heart? No, the pain was on the right side but the heart on the left. Or did that matter? He felt his heart beat faster. Was it really physical pain? Or was it psychological? A panic-attack? Was it muscular or musculoskeletal? Or something in-between?

Robert took a deep breath, looked out through the window and fixed his eyes on the distant mountains. The pain faded, his breathing stabilized and his heart returned to its normal beat.

Robert knew that listening to one’s body is an important part of preventive medicine. He just wished that it could be more articulate about what it wanted to say.