Will put this in here rather than derail the current excellent post. The time is almost nigh. A couple of the nursing staff have asked if I was concerned about tomorrow. My only answer is; if I have one of the world's best cardiac surgeons and am in what he calls the world's best hospital, I shouldn't have much concern about it. Of course there is a bit of nervousness but not real concern. It's not quite like getting a tooth out. He called last evening and said, most seriously, that he shall ask once more tomorrow if I still wish to proceed. Should I decide to opt out, he will respect that. All I could say was; 'we've come this far now, there's little point in not following through'. He has spoken of the difficulties he faces during the operation and says it is quite a stressful time. My faith and confidence in him stays firm. Surprisingly, there will be little surface damage. Almost totally he will be working through arteries and a bit of key hole stuff. I'm disappointed. I shall have little to show in the way of scars and bruises. Bugger!! But with respect, I can hardly imagine how he can do something like this for several hours using such restrictive methods. Has an estimate of costs the other day from the anaesthetist. WOW!!! Quoting on three hours and the surgeon says it will be at least four and might reach six hours, his estimated bill is almost $2960. That works out at $16 PER MINUTE. Over three hours the bill goes up by $1000 per hour and will have no rebates applicable. After ringing our health insurer, I was told it is one of the biggest 'gap' bills she had seen. We are left to pay $2000 bill, plus any extra time. Rajeev the surgeon says he will sort it and guarantees there will be no add-on bill. He charges scheduled fees and we do not get a bill for anything else. This ward is just on $3000 per day. I have ECGs every four hours, day and night since they stopped medications and use twelve leads rather than the usual half a dozen. I have yet to see a decent bottle of wine served (or any other sort for that matter). Tucker's not bad at all and often have slick chicks holding my hand. Could do worse I suppose. Could be one of you guys. Noel Life's not bad really.