I'd like to add my voice to Ashley's welcome! Glad you've joined us. Like you, I found this forum when I was preparing to have my surgery. I'd seen so many scary posts on the internet, it was wonderful to find a forum where people were experienced yet positive. A lot of the people who helped me then are no longer posting, but Kitt and Bill are still here, and occasionally a few of our old friends stop by to say hi and lend a hand.
If you've been around here a while, you've probably searched the resources, but just in case you missed this, here's my recovery journal thread for the first 19 days of my recovery (February 2009). While each experience is unique, I find that there are some things we all experience.
It'll give you an idea about what you might expect during the early stages of recovery.
Do you have any liquid Tylenol around for when you have recovered enough to stop the narcotic pain meds (you'll probably want to continue them at night, because pain seems to be magnified in those nighttime hours, and you'll want to get your sleep.) I found that I was more comfortable continuing to sleep in an inclined position during healing. You're smart to have your recliner at the ready.
Don't be surprised if you continue to have some reflux during your healing stages. It could actually be some acid sneaking out of the misshapen, swollen wrap, or just pain sensations that are interpreted by the brain as reflux.
Also, I found that sometimes a little food and some water might be standing at the wrap site and when I burped it would be sent up to my mouth--very much like reflux, but minus the acid. Many take PPIs during the recovery period to stay comfortable. Some surgeons tell their patients to stop taking them immediately after the surgery, while others suggest continued usage. Just remember it is an option for you.
Again, glad you've joined us!
We're here for you, so be sure to ask any question that come to mind. No question is a stupid one, and since we've been where you are, we probably had the same ones!
Good luck with your surgery!
You'll do fine. We'll be here ready to welcome you to our Wrapped Club!