First, many thanks to David for posting on my behalf and to everyone for the prayers and kind thoughts and words.
I had a wonderful surprise today. I got to come home! They told me it would be at least Monday or Tuesday, so I am very happy indeed!
I was glad they lowered my expectations for an early release, but not so glad they lowered my expectations about the severity of the surgery and how quickly I would see results.
They had me believing it would be so easy, with very little pain or recovery time and a nearly instant improvement in my breathing. The truth of the matter is, I have about a 4″ incision down my midsection and until today I had a chest tube (about 1/2 inch in diameter; like the the one after my lung surgery) going up my midsection to drain the fluid off my heart. It was painful; I’m still quite sore. My breathing is better, but it still has room for improvement.
A normal person has two teaspoons of fluid in the sac around their heart. In surgery, they removed one-half a liter of fluid from mine, and then more drained out after that. The doctors and nurses all said that’s a lot of fluid. It has relieved some of the pressure, and I am breathing better. If I hadn’t expected to be breathing normally, I’m sure I’d be very pleased with how I’m breathing right now.
This just goes to show that the saying is true – It’s better to under-promise and over-deliver.
I am thankful that the surgery went well and that I’m home. Now I’ll focus on resting and recovering.
Sore but smiling,