My editors at the New York Times asked me recently to share my open heart surgery and what that experience was like in the middle of a pandemic. This is a different version from my previous blog post on how I discovered the aortic aneurysm and how I went about getting it repaired.In the new piece, I dive into the decision making process of holding off on surgery (for months) because of the coronavirus crisis. Other patients are doing the same, delaying important procedures. I also highlight the various coronavirus protocols I observed during my five-day hospital stay at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach where I had the surgery.
Below is the print version of the piece which was published Sept. 23 in the A section. In case you are wondering, I am doing well. I still have some chest soreness which is expected and should last a few more weeks. The scar on my chest is healing well. I've already become used to it. Once the soreness is gone, I will able to run (and sleep on my side again.)