Surgery went well. I went in, talked, blinked, and then woke up (which I won't describe right now -
yeech). I now have an artificial valve implanted in my heart. I can hear it ticking! And I think I can
already feel the increased energy; it's just hiding being chest pain.
I am scheduled to have the pacemaker installed on Monday. They could have implanted it on Friday; I'm
glad they're giving me the weekend to recover first. Normally I would be in the Intensive Care Unit for
one or two days, but since I now have an external pacemaker hanging on a pole next to me, it's better
that greater care be taken. I am breaking records as the healtiest person ever in the ICU.
There is pain, but it is usually managed pretty well. Morphine is lousy; it works fast, but has really
boring hallucinations. Percocet takes a little longer, but works well with no wierd effects.
Thank you all for your support, visits, and prayers.