This is a picture of me in the prep room. Notice that I don't fit on the bed at all...head off the top and feet off at the bottom. They had to find an extention for the table in the surgery room, and it was quite comical when they tried to wheel me in the hallways on this bed with my feet sticking out so far. I wasn't to nervous or scared, as I have a fairly high tolerance for pain. I'm told the surgery lasted a little over 2 hours, and that they took over 400ml out of the left side and over 350ml out of the right side! Coming out of surgery was painful for the first couple of hours, but as soon as the pain meds kicked in I did OK. Christmas Eve and Christmas are pretty much a blur, but I'm off the meds now, and just icing the wounds when they feel painful. Pretty much feels like I worked out too hard and my pecs are sore. I still have the bandages on, and will have them removed tomorrow. I'll have to wear a compression shirt for the next 5 weeks, but after that, I should be good as new. I'm glad that all went well, and that my recovery has been easy thus far. Danelle continues to be a trooper even though I know that she is working harder this holiday season than she ever has. I don't know what I'd do without her. Meilani and Eli have been great helpers as well, helping take care of Seth when I can't. Even Sariah went to get Seth out of bed the other morning, and the kids have all been careful not to jump on me as they usually do.
In all, it's been an ordeal that I'm sure Danelle will have her own comments to share, and now she can feel free to do so. Thanks to my parents for coming the day of and the day after surgery, to my mother-in-law who offered and took the kids for 2 days and 2 nights, and to the rest of my family for understanding how important this was to me. Most of all to my beautiful wife who not only has supported me through this, but has been so understanding and supportive.