Welcome! I remember the relief of finding this site right before my surgery as well. I also have young children and my youngest was 18 months old when I had surgery...you get creative getting on your knees for hugs and holding them on your lap with pillow protection :) All I can say is the time goes fast and you'll be full strength before you know it. I was 35 years old when I had my surgery...I'm 2 years out now and like many others on this site, have only a persisting thyroid deficiency which I take meds for...otherwise, no other limitations or medications. Let me know if I can help in any way...God Bless you next week...I'll be thinking of you and praying for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!
That same prayer goes for you...It is certainly a scary experience. I remember looking forward to waking up and just having someone tell me "it went well"...then I didn't care about pain or anything else, I knew I could get through it if the surgery went well...recovery was just a matter of time. Tell your hubby to make friends with a pillow and squeeze it tight for the first few weeks...I think I slept with my heart pillow for over a year...it was hard to be comfortable, especially laying on my side...anyway...please post when you have a chance...
Good luck you guys...we'll be here to hear how it went and to support you through your recovery!