Been so busy recovering that I forgot to update my post. I can't say enough how valuable it was for me to do a lot of research and be in control of my health. This website and Adam's book are indispensable. My surgery went perfectly and all the precautions we took regarding my unknown anaphylaxis during my last surgery put our mind at ease as best we could. I was in hospital 5 days (which was tough due to total lack of sleep) and now have a month behind me. I'm walking 2.5 miles a day and trying to put my life into a routine without having to get up everyday to go to work. It's all good, though. Dr. Richard Shemin at UCLA Ronald Reagan hospital is amazing. Please check him out if you have a mitral valve issue.
Also, I have noticed in much of my research that there is not much written about recovering post Da Vinci Robotic Surgery. The incisions are different and the issues post surgery don't have much coverage on the web. Is that type of surgery still rare? I would recommend it to anyone that is eligible.
I've finished all my pre-op tests. Met with the anesthesia team. I'm high risk and have a lot of people watching me. Thank God! I'm ready and I don't want to think about the "what-ifs" anymore. Please, I have to know, truly how much does it hurt afterwards??? What have I not thought of to make my recovery as easy as possible?