Just thought Id give a quick update myself, since Larry has been doing all the
work on this, and I finally have a day to myself. Its Sunday night, and a lovely
Sunday in New York its been - the kind Ive been hoping for for months, and
never had a chance to enjoy. You might know it would take open heart surgery to slow me
I took a shower all on my own today, and it felt good. The great people at the hospital
told me to keep the incision open to the air so it would heal better. So I napped a little
today, read a little, watched a little TV (I cant wait to get my own channels back),
and talked to friends on the phone. Tomorrow, Larry and I go see the surgeon again, and
hopefully Dr. Stelzer will give us the green light to go home. I dont see why he
shouldnt, because I feel okay - of course there is pain, but not unbearable, and the
Tylenol with codeine doesnt hurt there either. I think the dogs, when we get home,
will be a challenge, but well overcome, and I look forward to sitting in front of my
victrola and listening to all the records Ive never been able to hear - and getting
In the very near future, I shall, through the agency that made this all possible, be
writing to and thanking the family of the person whose kind donation of his pulmonic valve
has given me the one that now resides in my very proud (yet kind of ugly looking) chest. I
think Ive become a lifelong advocate of organ donation - very quickly. More on this
Thats all for now, thanks for listening and your good wishes and my best wishes back
to you all.
Please keep checking back, because I promise that there WILL be more!
More pictures will be on this site next week
Stay tuned for more...