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5/11/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Jason is about to turn 40 this week and this exciting time has come with a big scare for us. Jason has been having discomfort that he thought may be heartburn for the past couple of days. Although we were concerned enough to joke that his 40th birthday was going to come with throwing out his back from shoveling out the cow barn and chicken coop for spring and a heart attack we did not really believe he was having a heart attack. He felt some shortness of breath when going up the stairs today and thought he should stop by urgent care before leaving the hospital. Thank goodness he did. He had an abnormal EKG and ended up in a catheterization lab. He had called me from the ER to let me know he was there and Josh came out to watch the girls so I could get to the hospital. There was a bit of trouble finding him when I got there but in the end it worked out OK. They found that Jason has significant blockage in the arteries that feed blood to his heart. He is currently on a balloon pump that moves his blood through his body for his heart and his heart tissue is getting a rest. He is going to need a triple bypass surgery tomorrow. He will be in open heart surgery early tomorrow morning and the surgeon expects that he will be out of surgery around mid-day. He did not have a serious heart attack and there is not evidence of any damage to his heart tissue. Right now Jason is resting up in the ICU at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth for surgery in the morning and in this difficult situation he has a positive outlook. It is expected to be a long recovery, but Jason is young (turning 40 is still young, right?) and has no other health issues to impede a successful surgery and active life after recovery. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. We are thankful for all the support that has been shown and I will keep updating here so you may know how he is doing.