IamA I am a 21 year old male currently two days away from having pioneering open heart surgery; a procedure in which you are, essentially, dead for periods of up to 20-30 minutes. AMA.
I'm not quite sure where to begin, nor have I ever done this before, but ask away - I can imagine it'll be quite therapeutic to answer any questions as frankly as I can.
I'm not entirely sure what is meant or needed by proof, but here I am! I tried to get the scar in from the first surgery too, but unfortunately my 2006 webcam is just as disappointing as I remembered.
Thanks in advance guys.
EDIT: I completely did not expect this response, thanks to everyone who's posting/posted. I'm trying to get through all of them but some answers are longer than others, so sorry if I'm taking forever.
EDIT 2: I can't believe this, I'm overwhelmed by all of the positivity from you all. It's nearly 1am here, and we've got a big family Christmas planned for tomorrow so I'm going to head to bed after answering a few more Qs. If this is still active in the morning, I'll carry on, but if not just know you've all been fantastic and have a wonderful and joyous Christmas. I will return, then, either tomorrow or for another AMA when I'm on the road to recovery.
1,200 comments is incredible. I would never have thought this would have happened. Super big thanks.
EDIT 3: So I've slept through the night (santa's visited) and this is STILL on the front page of reddit with over 2,000 responses. I am blown away and feeling so positive it's incredible. Happy holidays to all of you! I'll try and answer a few questions today, but I can't promise anything at all.
What I can promise however is I will do an AMA after the op, some time early next week!
EDIT 4: good morning! This is it - I'm en route to the hospital and the procedure is in less than 24 hours! I promise that whatever the result, there will be another post (or AMA from me!) on here. My intensive care stay could be anything from a few days to a week so even if you don't hear anything until next weekend don't assume the worst! I hope you all had the best Christmases and if you didn't celebrate, a really good Wednesday.