Spent the past few hours with Eddie. He is still quite sedated and we're trying to keep him relaxed since he is very delicate after such a major surgery, but overall, he is doing great.
Medically, Eddie is strong on all counts. His new heart is being paced by an external pacemaker (common in transplant patients), since it will take some time before he can run completely unsupported. He is receiving a variety of meds to help control heart function, pain, and sedation and he will begin receiving diuretics, steroids, and immunosuppressant meds in the next day or two.
At this moment, I am thinking of a line from Jose Saramago, one of my favorite writers who passed away last year. He said: "All the scheming and plotting in the world won't result in something lasting, transcendent. Anything that's authentic, that's real, comes in the form of a gift." So appropriate on a beautiful new day for Eddie . . .