Thursday, January 29, 2009

Surgery Update_February 2009

As you know, we will be headed back to UTSW in a few weeks. Here's the plan; I will have a catheterization on February 16th, which will determine if pressures have improved, stabilized or increased. If pressures have either improved or stabalized then it is my understanding surgery will be a go ahead the following day (February 17th). If they have increased, we will have to re-evaluate plan.

I have spent the last three months preparing for surgery, as I am thinking and acting optimistically. Family and close friends will be meeting us in Dallas, for support. If surgery is not a go ahead I imagine I may need more emotional support than if surgery does happen, therefore, I feel very fortunate to have such gracious family and friends.

In the event I do have surgery, we will be staying at a rental home for about 2 1/2 weeks and then return to New Mexico. During this time of recovery I will have somebody keep my blog up to date so you all can keep up with my progress.

I have received such support this year; the prayers, thoughts and emails have given me such strength. Please continue praying, thinking of me and I'm not opposed to the good ole' keeping your fingers crossed for me, and my family, over the next few weeks.
Activity Update:
I'm happy to report that I am working out 2- 3 times per week. Workout includes a combination of the following; yoga 2 times per week, Cardio 2-3 times per weeks, and light weights. Unfortunetly, I recently discovered that I was doing too much and needed to be better about watching my saturation (O2) levels, as they were dropping below the 90 O2 level. So, I've cutback on the intensity of the work-out and increased my liter flow while working out. As I've mentioned to a few of you, I'm probably the happiest person in the gym. Go figure, imagine this, the girl with the O2 and other accessories hanging from her body is ALL SMILES!!! I'm so happy to be working out again.
No changes to medications. BUMMER!


Cristina Pineda said...

Beautiful! Have you considered palaties (fairly certain that's spelled wrong...) ? It's low impact, but helps your core strength, and makes you sweat!
I will keep you in my thoughts and also keep my fingers crossed. Glad you are renting a casa over there with fam & friends surrounding you!
You are the best Jen...can't wait to see you in July ;) xxoo

Ron said...

Tell that surgeon of your's that he has very special persons heart in his hands and he better kick some ass. We are all counting on him.

Erin said...

Hey Jenn! I finally have found your blog spot...I'm slow at these things sometimes! But it's so good to hear that things are moving in a positive direction. I wish that I could be in Dallas during your time there, but my sister is so close to the hospital where you'll be! I know she'd love to see you and the fam! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I am sending you healthy energy!!!

Seth said...

Keep up the yoga and staying active. Sounds like progress to me. I'll be sending you positive vibrations from across the world.

Sanchez Stories said...

Jen I am thinking about you and am glad to hear things are seeming to go as planned! I was going to try and plan a lunch date, but Feb. looks VERY BUSY for you, so plan on March if your up for it!
I will be thinking and praying for you!

gabemtz1 said...

Glad to hear you have been all smiles at the gym and despite overdoing it while there, that you have been able to do so. Im keeping you, your family, and doctors in my thoughts and prayers. I second what Ron said; "he has a special persons heart in his hands" xxoo

chanda said...

Hey Jenn, I have been thinking about you lately, and hoping that all is going well. Your last blog entry sounds very promising. Glad to hear the positive news. During the brief time we were together, I found your attitude and outlook on life to be so inspiring. You're awesome!

Ginger said...

Jen~You are an inspiration to us all...your positive attitude is so refreshing! Your strength will pull you through this! You have motivated me to start doing yoga! I will be thinking of you, as I have been, over the next week or so and sending you positive thoughts and energy! I hope to see your beautiful smile in SD very soon! Love, Ginger xoxo

Jennifer Jimenez said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you ALL! for the kind words and support. I'll be in touch.