I vaguely remember my first day in the Intensive Care Unit. It was the darkest day of my life. The shadows of my past life slowly disappeared into memory. I can only describe what had happened from the stories I heard from others, and I feel as if they were talking about a stranger and not about me. Somehow it was me, but the man who now stares back out of my mirror is a different person than the one on my passport photo taken two years ago.
As an anaesthesiologist and doctor in an Emergency Care Unit, I had a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I lived mostly from 20 cigarettes and 10 – 20 cups of coffee a day, either to calm my nerves or to keep me awake. My meals were hastily eaten, snacks in-between complicated surgeries. I used to eat anything that would fill me quickly – mostly pizzas, hamburgers, potato salads, rolls filled with fried schnitzels and mayonnaise, washed down with large quantities of lemonade. To escape the stress of the day I met my friends in the pub. In the evenings I used to eat the same food but washed it down with beer instead of lemonade. I put on a few kilos each year and my cholesterol level rose along with my blood pressure.
My friends remarked on how „healthy I looked“.
I can remember how slim and full of ambition I was after my graduation from university. As a doctor I knew that my life-style was a ticking time-bomb, but kept saying „nothing will happen to me, the job and my career come first“. Destiny struck brutally to show me how wrong I was.
I change my life
Last year I felt a crushing pain in my chest and that‘s all I remember until I woke up in the ICU. I vividly remember the promise I made myself on death‘s door to fundamentally change my life if I recovered from this heart attack. Chance helped me not only to fulfil my promise but to become a happier, more relaxed and successful person – the doctor I had wanted to be after my graduation. I still enjoy food and do the same amount of work, but not nearly with the same amount of stress as before.
Impossible, you will say. No, it is quite simple.
My colleague, Dr. Bahadori, who worked as a specialist of internal medicine in the same hospital, came to visit me and gave me a copy of his book "Dr. Bahadori´s Leanness Program". At first I thought, „oh no, not another diet book!“ He saw that I was a bit disappointed and frustrated but insisted that I read the book. I can assure you now that this book has changed my life completely!
Dr. Karoly Tüz M.D.