Tristan Smith #smansonadventures

First post: May 6, 2021 Latest post: May 27, 2021
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As I was getting closer to turning 50, I began to go in for several "check ups" with various doctors. I wasn't feeling badly, I just wanted to be proactive and make sure there was nothing I needed to pay attention to. Aside from some "minute clinic" visits for a cold or allergies (Houston!!!), I knew that Tristan hadn't been to the doctor since we had started dating so like any good wife, I began to nag him to go and get a check up too. Then COVID hit and for a long time, we weren't really comfortable going to the doctor. Finally, this spring, he made an appointment with his primary care doc. They discovered he had very high blood pressure and prescribed medicine and also ordered more tests. Stress tests revealed an "abnormality" and he was referred to a cardiologist. His cardiologist ran several more tests and scheduled a heart cath procedure. This revealed serious blockage in several arteries and that led us to where we are today which is preparing for Tristan to have  triple bypass surgery on Wednesday, May 12. We feel very fortunate that the blockage was discovered because other than the high blood pressure, TRISTAN HAD NO SYMPTOMS. NONE. NADA. So the moral of this story is "go to the doctor once in a while and let them check you out". 
I am certain that God has created us to live in community. It is important that we share both the good and the bad with each other. That is why I am sharing our story. I have also learned that I am an extrovert and I thrive on human interactions, therefore, having the support of our community will help to take care of me while I take care of Tristan for the next several months. 
Our family is so resilient and we are surrounded by an amazing community of folks who are praying for us, and feeding us, and loving us. We also live in a city with gifted medical professionals who are the best at what they do. We could not ask for much more!
With love and gratitude, Jen