Sometimes, anticipation can be more stressful than the actual event itself. I am not saying that such is the case for my girlfriend right now as she is presently going through her medical tests, but I have heard how her stress level has fluctuated over the last week while waiting for her tests to occur, and now to get the results. Tomorrow, at whatever time her appointment is, she will get the test results and will learn her next step (surgery or otherwise). The results at that point are presently unknown, but we shall just have to wait and see.
As for the anticipation part, I know that I run into the same problems. Before I met her parents, I was nervous about doing so. The anticipation was killing me and left me with butterflies in my stomach. However, I knew that once I actually met them, everything would be just fine. My intuition about things was completely correct. Once I met her parents, everything was fine. The butterflies went away AND I didn’t make a fool out of myself. Just one example of the anticipation being substantially more nerve racking and stressful than the situation itself ever could be.
<rant> I hate EAS and find it to be a totally pointless class </rant>