I’m Having Heart Surgery!

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.

Each morning at 11:11 a.m., expect to see a new article on CleverJourneys. We’ve pre-written some and Dodie will do double duty of writing and copy editing others.

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  1. Praying for a successful surgery and a swift recovery. I hope that Jimmy and I can get to see you one day. I would love to meet you and your beautiful wife Dodie.


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  2. Good bless you Jack! You will be in my prayers. It sounds like you have a great team. May the Lord guide their hands and minds and may you receive the healing touch of Jesus. And bless Dodie for her expertise and wonderful care!

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  3. God Bless and be with you Jack. I have had you in my prayers and will continue to pray for you. You have God and a wonderful group of doctors taking care of you!! 🙏

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jack. I pray that you have a successful surgery and a great outcome and I look forward to your return to a clean bill of health and to writing and traveling. God bless you! 🙏🙏🙏

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  5. You’ve got this, Jack! And what a great lady you have by your side! Lots of people will be praying for you, including me. Look forward to hearing about your progress! JK

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  6. Hi Jack and Dodie,
    I have commented on a few of your posts before and I ALWAYS enjoy reading what you write!
    I live in San Antonio and my husband had surgery at Methodist on Floyd Curl in 2019 (before the ‘Covid’).
    The surgeon that he had and the hospital were both very good, in my opinion.
    And so….
    Jack– I pray that you have a speedy recovery after your heart surgery.
    Would LOVE to meet you both one day when you are feeling better. 🙂


  7. Praying for an easy surgery and complete recovery! Stay strong, God is with you, walking before you and guiding the doctors and nurses hands. Praying for Dodie and your family for peace and comfort. And our Lord will give you peace as well during this surgery as well as your recovery! Take one day at a time. Much love, Peggy

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  8. Dear Jack and Dodie, you are so valuable to God that the devil hates it! Hence this attack. I’ll be on the warpath telling him off, and I won’t let up. You will pull through for much more wonderful reporting and many more years with each other. Blessings, grace, peace in the midst of this for both of you,
    Love, Kathleen

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  9. I pray all went well for you Jack. I’m sure you and Dodie are thankful this part is over. Now you can concentrate on your healing and recovery. May God bless you both and with everyday you feel renewed.

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