Many thanks for all the comments and best wishes for my recovery. So far things are going very well and all under the Eagle eye of Bev my XYL who, far from having nailed my feet to the floor, is taking a pragmatic approach.
One issue that is likely to raise its head is how the local hospital rehab team react to a non-standard patient such as myself. I was not ill before I had surgery and thankfully I am not ill now. The guidelines say I should be working towards 1 to 2 miles at six weeks post-surgery. Well how does that equate with our fairly pacey 1 mile walk today at eight days post-surgery? What we are doing is taking the main parameters such as the need to get slightly breathless when exercising and using them as a guide. Hopefully there will not be any conflict when my rehab appointment eventually comes through for around 2 weeks time.
There are, of course, other issues to face and having three fairly major wound sites needs careful management. If someone has a surplus of sleep, then please send it over - I seem to have lost mine at the moment. I am also having some water retention issues. These matters will be resolved given time and the exercise regime will certainly help.
SOTA helped me prepare for the surgery and it will help me recover from it. I cannot do any “backpack training” until my sternum has healed and that will be at the 12 week stage. In the meantime, I hope to do some fairly avid chasing and may just appear on a summit or two where the kit does not need to be backpacked.
73 and regards to all,
Gerald G4OIG / G8CXK