Japanese blog, and good news for Ken.
We saw Ken's cardiologist (Mark) today, for the first time since before he had the operation. Mark said he is very pleased with the result of the operation, and told Ken he could start driving whenever he wanted to, but he probably wouldn't be able to return to work for another 6 to 8 weeks. As he did with the surgeon, Ken asked Mark if the surgery was so successful, why was he having trouble breathing. Mark explained that during heart surgery, the lungs are deflated for a couple of hours, and even a good healthy pair of lungs will take a couple of months to recover from the stress of the operation. In Ken's case though, it will take longer, but he was quite optimistic about Ken's recovery, and said that he will certainly feel heaps better in a couple of months.
We came home feeling a lot brighter than we felt last week after speaking to the cardiac surgeon, who made Ken's health sound almost terminal! Okay, Ken understands that he does have a serious problem with his lungs, but Mark reassured him that he will be able to live a more active life than he had previously, simply because his heart is working better.