It’s been only a little over a week since my surgery and I am back home on Bainbridge Island, walking around and feeling great!

I got this swell pillow from the Cleveland Clinic.  They showed me how to hold it up against my chest when I sneezed so I wouldn’t blast the staples out of my chest.  I was very careful to avoid sneezing.

Before I left the hospital, I began writing about how to prepare for and recover from heart valve replacement surgery.  The project initially took form of an article “Four Steps to Survive and Thrive Valve Replacement Surgery”.