IamA 20 year old guy who is currently recovering from a pectus excavatum (sunken chest) surgery (my sternum was restructured 24 hours ago) AMA!
I'm currently sitting in my hospital bed recovering and figured it might be fun and helpful to answer some questions while things are fresh in my brain about the surgery. I know I did a lot of research and talked to a few people before I had it done and that was really helpful, so if anybody wants to talk feel free to send me a PM or post a question in here! Or feel free to ask me anything else, it is an AMA after all!
Proof: http://imgur.com/a/7rcHL (there's also a before and after image in there).
Also, here's a video of the procedure I had done: http://youtu.be/JCrRsgN6aFI
Edit 1: Hey everybody, thanks so much for all your support and questions! I'm going to finish up a bit of lunch and go for a walk. I should be back in about 15 minutes to continue answering questions, sorry for the delay! Keep the questions coming :)
Edit 2: I am back! Took a little longer than I thought it would but I am back and I'll start answering questions!
Edit 3: Holy crap! Gold? Thank you kind stranger! Also, I went for another walk and had some nurses/doctors come by to check on me so I've been a bit delayed, trying to get to everybodys questions, I promise I will! Also, a dog stopped by to say hello :) Here's a picture of me, some nurses and a very nice yellow lab: http://i.imgur.com/SW1kGvf.jpg
Edit 4: Some food just got here and I've got to eat and then possibly go for a walk afterwards. I'll be back shortly to answer more questions!
Edit 5: Just ate some food, going to go for a walk now, probably be back in about 20 minutes if all goes well. Keep the questions coming!
Edit 6: I am back from my walk, nurses just changed over and I'm getting ready to watch 8 Mile on TV, I'll be here all night...and all day tomorrow, and then for a few more days after that! Happy to keep answering questions :)
Edit 7: Wow guys! What a day! Almost 1,000 upvotes on this thread and close to 600 comments, plus I got gilded! I think I've caught up to everybodys comments which means I'm ready to go to bed. I'll respond to anybody who messages me overnight when I wake up in the morning. Feel free to send me a PM whenever if you have any questions! Thanks so much for keeping me entertained today, this is pretty much what I spent my day doing and it has been tons of fun. And thanks to everybody again for all the supportive comments and well wishes! Goodnight!
Edit 8: I guess this is still going! I woke up this morning, internet wasn't letting me log in for some reason and I was pretty tired still so I went back to bed. Woke up, went for a walk, ate some food and hung out for a bit but I'm back. I answered a few questions, hopefully I'll get to the rest soon, I'm pretty tired again! I'm trying to get back to everybody!
Edit 9: Alright, I think I'm all caught up, if I missed your question/PM I'm sorry, just resend it, I'd be happy to reply but my inbox has been crazy! I just got moved to a new room as well so I had to settle in, and I got a care package from some family friends which is nice :) As this thread dies down feel free to shoot me a PM or still post here and I'll try to respond :)
Thanks for all the support guys, keep the questions coming!