It has been slightly more than 3 weeks since I had my surgery on 22 September 2016. Things are going well, and I am recovering better than I had expected.
I still have a little chest discomfort when I exert myself, such as when I reach for something, or when I try to carry something. So, I have to be careful when I do so.
I can’t carry a 2kg watermelon, for example. It would be too much of an exertion. My chest also hurts when I sneeze. I particularly hate sneezing now cos it feels like your heart is being squeeze rather tightly whenever I do.
But other than this, I am fine.
I will begin my physical training with the hospital physiotherapists and trainers on 18 October, but I don’t expect it to be anything too strenuous. We will probably do some work on the machines, such as walking on the treadmill and stuff. 16 sessions of that (twice a week) and I should be more or less back to normal. The healing of the breastbone itself, which the surgeon had to cut through, will take a bit longer.
Anyway, here are some before and after photos of the incision points, or scars. They are healing nicely as well, and now look less nasty as they did 3 weeks ago.
As you can see, the human body is quite amazing in healing itself.