I have received an email saturday, regarding one of our artists: Juan Ibanez, who is in the hospital…..best of luck to you Juan.
First, if you receive this email twice, I apologize. Second, for some of you, this will be a surprise/upset.
Juan was admitted to Memorial Herman Heart and Vascular Institute in December due to difficulty in breathing. After extensive tests, we were advised yesterday, that Juan is on the heart transplant list. On a hierarchical scale that determines the order in which hearts are given out (1a to 7), Juan is currently at a 1b. Next week, they will perform a right-heart catheterization to see how strong his heart is currently pumping blood throughout the body. If it is at an index of 2.2 or better, he will come home with a portable IV and will remain a 1b. If it isn’t at 2.2 or better, he will be put into ICU with a rating of 1a. He will then be monitored closely to make sure that other organs in the body aren’t being adversely affected by the heart. If that starts to happen, they will install a heart pump and send him home after some rehab time. At that point he will be back at a 1b.
A lot of ‘ifs’ in there!
Juan is in really good spirits and is looking forward to whatever it is going to take to have him feel good again. He has his laptop, his DVDs, games, and TV. He takes 4-5 walks around the floor daily. He loves how he can just ask for what he wants and it is delivered. The hospital has a chef that selects patients and cooks them the meal they want. One day, Juan may be on that list and he is already plotting and planning what he will ask for! He enjoys the calls and visits that he gets. From time to time he wishes he was home, but he quickly moves away from that.
I am handling this fairly well. I visit Juan 4 nights a week and Saturday. When I am not there, I am handling household items or vegging out. I am making sure that I include social activity so I don’t get myself isolated. My family and friends are always checking on me. In fact, Susan is taking me shopping today at the outlet mall. None of that covers the fact that I really miss having Juan here at home.
Please feel free to call Juan at 832-289-4717. He would love hearing from you. When some of the ‘ifs’ are answered, I’ll let you know.
Kristina for Juan