I've returned home for the weekend from my pre op tests at theMayo Clinic. The echocardiogram and angiogram revealed that my heart itself is in excellent shape for a person my age, which means that my upcoming surgery will be relatively straightforward in that it will only involve repairing my ascending aorta. This is good news in that it means that my surgery will only take 4-5 hours, with around one hour on the heart/lung machine, rather than more like 6 hours.
This will likely be my last blog post until after surgery. Bill Higgins will be blogging for me on the day of my surgery and immediately following, so as to update my status.
Thanks again to the many people who have written offering their thoughts and prayers.