I had an On-X valve put in on Friday morning and now it’s Monday afternoon and I’m going home. Great job by the Maine Medical Center. I was in the ICU for one night and the cardiac care ward for two. It turned out that my valve was worse than expected and my aorta was fine and didn’t need anything. Now my INR is over 2 and I am being sent home. I expected to be here for 5 days. I think if you do exactly what they tell you it makes a difference. The pain is not bad now and I am just taking Tylenol. In full disclosure I have to say that waking up on the ventilator was a freaking nightmare I do not want to repeat. And the pain at first was not good. But my memory of the worst of it is already starting to fade.