This is the conversation that I had with my thoracic surgeon as he was placing the chest tube and suturing the opening.
Dr. Stewart Were you an athlete when you were young?
Me I don't think it rose to quite that level, but I played softball and field hockey. I was on the gymnastics team and I was a cheerleader.
Dr. Stewart Have you done physical labor all of your life?
Dr. Stewart Have you maintained your fitness regimen for most of your life?
Dr. Stewart What you are experiencing is considered a catastrophic life event. Even at your age I can see the layers of well maintained muscle tissue. You are well equipped to survive this event.