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The surgery on Tuesday went like clockwork. Actually, when considering the invasiveness of the surgery, I feel damned good! I'm up and walking around the entire floor 4-5 times a day, which is surprisingly exhausting, but I get stronger every time.

They're just tweaking out some rhythm issues. I came in for a-fib, and while that hasn't recurred I may need a small backup pacemaker to help maintain regular sinus rhythm. I'll find out in the morning. If needed, it's a relatively simple procedure (often done outpatient) and I'll get out Tuesday. If the pacemaker is not needed I might get out tomorrow!

The only drawback: the chest tube they keep in you for a few days (draining blood and fluid around the heart) severely irritated my diaphragm, and I've had several days of almost constant hiccuping - not pleasant with a 10" incision in your chest.

Thanks for all the kind thoughts!
 

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Glad to hear everything is going well.

Hope you have a fast and full recovery.
 

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Tim, thanks for letting us know. Glad to hear everything went well and you're up and at 'em!! Hope your recovery continues going well.
 

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Fingers crossed that your recovery goes better than expected!
 
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