Well! It was a piece of cake! Got to Papworth at 7.30 am and they said I would go down at 10 am. Cardiologist came to see me at 9.50 and said they would do it under sedation rather than General anaesthetic as planned (this was because I'd been able to tolerate the anticoagulants so did not need the toe). I was horrified but it was fine . It was weird getting a pain in the face every time they 'croy-ed' me!
By 11.30 it was done, by 1.30 I was scoffing a sandwich! I would have been ready to leave at 3.30 but a bleed in the thigh slowed the discharge down.
Feel great! Groin very sore but apart from a bit tired (two worried nights) I'm fine! They even said I could exercise after 48 hours, but I think I'll stick to my plan of two weeks rest and then gentle return!
Papworth are awesome esp after my terrible local experience in August and March!
Thanks for all your good wishes, very nice and supportive.