We visited the surgeon's office today for a checkup.
Cliff can drive again! Not for long distances, but still. He was disappointed to learn that he still isn't allowed to lift over five pounds for another two or three months, but he'll have to deal with it. Since our riding lawn mower is an electric-start type (as opposed to pull-the-rope-to-start) he is allowed to mow. So he has a few things to keep him out of mischief, and I know he'll be happier if he can do something.
His heart and lungs checked out great, and no part of his heart is damaged, as I had thought earlier.
I mentioned the evil pills to the nurse (although it was the other doctors who prescribed them, not the surgeon) and she said since Cliff hadn't had arrhytmia before the surgery, that particular prescription is probably temporary. "1/3 of our patients have arrhytmia after open heart surgery," she said. "It's a temporary thing caused by their heart being stopped and handled and re-started."
I had a list of questions for them, and was quite satisfied with all the answers. The nurse seemed to think I was going overboard on keeping salt out of things, but we're getting along so well with our diet plan, I think I'll keep it up, although I might see that we have red meat a couple times a week instead of only once. Oh yes, she said it would be good if Cliff limited his caffeine intake.
I feel good!
As for the Pacerone, I called the other doctors' office this morning and left a message telling them of my concerns; I'm sure they'll return my call this evening or tomorrow morning.