The car rental had been confirmed and my plans were made, but plans change. I will not drive to Corpus Christi tomorrow to attend the funeral of an old friend on Friday morning. Instead, I will stay in Dallas so I can see my cardiologist on Friday. His office called to say my stress echo was “abnormal” and the doctor wants to discuss it with me. The nurse who called me said it might simply be an artifact of my bypass surgery eight years ago, but the doctor believes it warrants a conversation.
So, I will miss the funeral of my friend. I justify the decision to follow the doctor’s advice by telling myself it might be the perfect opportunity to miss my own funeral, as well.