I saw some good news on Facebook today! One of my favorite bands, Halfway to Hazard, is getting back together. They've been through a lot. Chad Warrix and David Tolliver took a break from their dream but are now back and better than ever. That's my plan for my transplant too. For now, let's rewind … Continue reading Surviving, Shining and Smiling
Let me start at the beginning. Dan deployed for the second time on January 8, 2010. I learned quickly in Dan's first deployment that Ellen Degeneres was the woman to get me through this. I challenge you to watch Ellen and not smile! I can't watch her without laughing out loud! So, I was DVRing … Continue reading A Broken Wire
1. If you’re not already, become an organ donor! http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/ 2. Support the American Heart Association and my heart walk goal! http://heartwalk.kintera.org/kansascity/jennabell 3. Support my cardiologist Dr. Anthony Magalski and his battle to end sudden cardiac arrest in high school athletes! Checks can be made out to: St. Luke’s Foundation with notation of Athletic Heart Clinic … Continue reading Ways to Help
The transplant committee meets at 0700 on Tuesday mornings. They called me at 0830 to tell me that I was accepted and would be put on the list for a heart transplant. Once Tricare approves the transplant there will be a meeting of my support group and the transplant team to sign paperwork and discuss … Continue reading The present.
I guess I should finally explain the motivation for the title of my blog. Dan and I attended the Kansas City American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Ball February 2015. We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ted Hodges and his family. Ted received a heart transplant at St. Luke's Hospital and we share some … Continue reading Grapefruit and Tattoos
So the transplant work-up has very little to do with your actual heart. There are a few cardiac tests but mostly it is designed to make sure the rest of you is it tip-top shape to handle the surgery. I was seen by: OBGYN Pulmonology Dental social work psych gastrointestinal (GI) infection disease (ID) dietary … Continue reading The works!
After I was released from the hospital we went home and had Christmas in our house as our new little family. I saw my cardiologist regularly but I was doing ok. No new developments. I know this sounds a little crazy but at some point I was told that I would eventually need a heart … Continue reading Smooth sailing…for a bit.
I delivered MAEB on a Thursday. They sent me home Saturday. Sunday night I went to bed early hoping to get some rest before our next feeding. As soon as my head hit the pillow I couldn't breathe. I could hear myself attempting to breathe but I sound more like I was drowning from the … Continue reading Things get complicated.
When I asked Dr. Magalski to help me have a baby he insisted on a few tests first. I had been so diligent with my medication, exercise and diet that I had raised my ejection fraction (EF) from about 30% to 40%. Another stress echocardiogram gave us an idea of how my heart would do … Continue reading maybe baby
June 28, 2008 Dan proposed. Ok I'll say it, Dan FINALLY proposed. I was so excited to get married. We got my ICD implanted in July and I sat and read wedding magazines while I recovered. My heart aside, I was blissful. I continued teaching, now in Auburn, Alabama while Dan was working at Ft. … Continue reading A wedding, a move and a new doctor