I am a 60 yr old female living in Georgia and was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation in February. I am scheduled for surgery on Monday, 17 March. I have read Adam Pick's book and it has helped a lot in letting me know what to expect. I am pretty anxious about the surgery and recuperation period since I live alone. I have 4 cats and will have someone to help me with them for a couple of weeks, but after that I am on my own. I know that everyone is different, but am just trying to anticipate things that I need to prepare for during this time period.