Tomorrow is the day. At 5:15 am the shuttle will arrive and I will be on my way. In a way, I am glad the waiting in nearly over. The initial contact with Cleveland clinic started back in January. It took nearly three weeks after I submitted all the documentation before they got back to me with an offer to do the surgery. They then offered surgery in April, but I wanted a bit longer for a trip back home. Between then now, I had that nice trip back home to the mango and spent the time with family and friends. The time there was priceless. By this time next week, the surgery should be completed and hopefully I will be out of ICU and in a regular hospital room and maybe blogging again!
I've been reading up on what to expect from the surgery. There is a book out by Adam Pick called "The Patient's guide to Heart Valve Surgery". Its very helpful as he provides both clinical and well as personal information about his own procedure. It seems like most patients go into surgery not knowing what to expect and thus will not be prepared for its impact on their lives.
The main takeaway is that the surgery itself is the easy part as you will be asleep the whole time anyway. Its what happens after you wake up in ICU and the weeks of recovery afterwards that is going to be the greater challenge. Most importantly, the people around you need to understand your limitations and challenges and must also set their expectations accordingly. Being patient is the key.
Planning to go to mass this evening with my Godmother's family and then have a quiet dinner at home before going to bed early.
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