Jim has just undergone triple bi-pass open heart surgery. We are trying to raise money to help him with recovery. Below you can read more about the specifics of his health and the surgery itself. Anything will help!
He received surgery on March 3rd at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr Glenn Barnhart performed the surgery. He is currently in recovery.
Being an artist and small business owner, Jim’s resources are limited and will be strained to the breaking point by this medical emergency. He will need help during his long and painful recovery which will take over 3 months. We are setting up this fundraising campaign to help cover some of his living expenses until he can get back on his feet and start painting and brewing for us all once again.
Jim first started showing symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease 18 months ago. He was sleeping more than usual, had trouble riding his bike up hills and was easily tired. The symptoms progressed into chest discomfort and angina. Mindful of his family history with heart disease he went to a cardiologist and received three stents to open the left descending artery. During and after recovery he went on a very strict plant based diet and picked up swimming. He worked up to 7 to 10 miles of laps per week hitting the pool most days and quickly dropped 30 pounds.
Unfortunately his body does not seem to like stents. Starting in mid-January 2017 symptoms came back, initially mistaken for cold symptoms. He saw his cardiologist in late January and he began more tests. It turned out that he had significantly reversed the damage through diet and exercise but his body was not tolerating the stents well. This was causing damage before and after each stent. It will require a bypass around each stent to relieve the 90% constriction of blood flow to the left side of his heart.