Congrats on getting in shape and good luck tomorrow. By the time you read this it will be all over. My husband had the same thing two weeks ago. At 37 he was completely asymptomatic and two and half months after being diagnosed he had the repair Nov. 4th. The worst part for him was in the hospital,just getting all the tubes and lines out and reaching the milestones so you can go home. He has been really suprised at how well he has felt. He only takes pain meds before bed at night so he can be comfortable and get good rest but then during the day he is able to manage with Motrin or Tylenol if needed. He has not dealt with near the fatigue that some other valve patient's speak of, so hopefully your good shape should do you good. Be careful not to get frustrated with not being able to do all you are used to. Look at it this way...your job for the six plus weeks after surgery is to let your sternum heal so that you can pick up being as vigorous or more as you were before the surgery. It is deceptive how well my husband feels but if he tries to do something he thinks would be no big deal he is reminded quickly that it might be too soon! Routines are very helpful, Ken makes sure to shower and dress in regular clothes every day by a certain time in the morning with walks scheduled between meals and light chores (folding laundry, unloading dishwasher etc..)with naps tucked in if needed! This has all helped to keep him busy and so far kept depression at bay. Well I hope this helps! Can't wait to hear you are doing well!
Thank you Adam! I appreciate your email. I wish I could have had the time to read your boook, but perhaps it can still help me afterwards. We are just getting ready to leave, as we are staying in a hotel near the hospital in Santa Clara, CA. It feels like a dream. I will update when I am able.