Don's surgery took just under three hours and went successfully. They were not, however, able to do it the "simple" way and had to open his chest. He is now in ICU, in a lot of pain, but lucid and hoping tomorrow will be a bit better. He insisted our son, daughter and I go on home, and I was secretly glad, because I'm exhausted. Since he's in ICU, they'll only let us visit for half an hour every two hours. That doesn't seem like much time, but he needs to rest. They hope to move him into a private room tomorrow, and that will be good.
Thanks to all of you for your prayers. I hate to see him suffering the way he was this afternoon, but we're praying that the results make it worthwhile.