Dear CleverJourneys readers,
On Friday the 13th of August, 2021, I will be having heart surgery at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
More specifically, the procedure is called Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).
CABG (pronounced “cabbage”), is a type of operation that improves blood flow to the heart. This surgery is used to treat coronary artery disease (CAD). CABG also is known as bypass surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, and open heart surgery.
I have a great team of doctors, including three cardiologists who have analyzed all the tests and lab work. My cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Brian New will performs the operation, along with the help of a capable heart team-anesthesiologist, a perfusionist (heart-lung bypass machine specialist), other surgeons, nurses, and technicians.
My “overseer” is the infamous Dr. Robert Schnitzler whose passion is simply his patients. Dr. Schnitzler saved my mother’s life two times in the early 2000s.
During CABG, Dr. New will use my own veins or arteries to “bypass” narrowed areas of my coronary arteries. Oxygen-rich blood is routed around the blockage, creating a new path and restoring blood flow to my heart muscle. I will have this done on at least three vessels.
My systems have been chest heaviness and some shortness of breath. Dodie, a Registered Nurse for 40 years, recognized the signs and that’s why I’ve been taking tests like Doppler ultrasound, pulmonary function, nuclear stress and others the last couple of months.
God willing, once recovered, I will continue my life’s passion of writing, traveling, photographing, filmimg and documenting…all, with the love of my life, Dodie.
About 60 years ago, our paths crossed when were five at Jack & Janet, a two room first grade and pre-first grade school.
When she was the prettiest star volleyball player on our McCollum High School volleyball team, at 15, I asked her for a first date–to go see rock n’ roller Rod Stewart in concert at the old Hemisfair Arena. Her parents said no, “you are too young to date.
A senior, I graduated at 17 and moved on to college. A year later she played on the San Antonio college volleyball team and later went on to WIN the Nationals (best collegiate team) in Maryland that year. About the same time I won national Investigative Reporter of the Year at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Association in Tucson.
It took 45 years, 6 months and 11 days before Dodie and I finally went on that first date–and we saw Rod Stewart in Las Vegas! A year later we were married in 2019.
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