For all your support.
I really appreciate it!
I had my first post-op meeting with my Doctor this morning, and we discussed all of the ramifications of having a heart attack, and the changes in lifestyle, and new medications, that are required for a continued successful recovery.
One of the things I didn't know was that continued smoking can cause my brand-new, shiny stents to clog up in a remarkably short time.
If all goes well, these new type should be good for at least ten, and more like 15, years before a replacement is needed.
In 15 years, there may be something entirely new, although with the current state of the economy, I won't hold my breath.
We spent some time clearing up the confusion/consternation I had over one of the new meds, and the "banning" of one of my older ones, Benadryl.
As far as the stopping smoking goes, all my friends (and my wife) who have quit tell me the first 7~10 days is the worst, and once I'm past that, my chances of staying "quit" increase dramatically.
BUT....between the NO cigarettes, and NO caffeine, I'm going to call the Doctor tomorrow and ask him if there's something mild he can prescribe to help me slide through this.
I'm getting a bit antsy, and I have a feeling I might be climbing the walls by Thursday or Friday!
And I've lost about 7 pounds, which I suspect was mostly retained water, as I'm no longer drinking 8 or 9 cans of Diet Soda per day.
No, I'm not comfortable, and I'm still pretty sore (and bruised) where they made the incision to get at the femoral artery, but I guess I'm in a whole lot better shape than I was 5 days ago when the pain came on, and stayed with me until I woke up after surgery Sunday afternoon.