Just wanted to share an update. Dr. McCarthy was able to repair my value on 12-18 and I was able to come home after 4 days. All has been going well. I am have able to walk, take stairs and most of the pain is gone. I have not had pain meds for a couple days and that has really helped getting off those meds. When you need them take them. Don't try to be brave, I paid a price by not staying up on those. You also need to be honest when they ask about your pain levels. I was in pain until they finally took the last of my 3 tubes out. That made a big difference, more comfortable.
Not great rest while in hospital but nurses were great. I did have one minor setback. After my surgery, while still in recovery, they made a decision to go back in because they had more bleeding that normal so not a great outcome but that is the less than 1% he shared.
Eating, still not a great appetite and I have lost 12 lbs. The meds to get the fluids off have been very effective.
So best of luck to the rest of you. Have my follow up 1-16 and will make sure I am still on track.
While I was not to nervous, this was my 1st surgery of any type and it was a big one. Take care and let me know if you have any questions.