Just catching up here Jim
Mainly I'm glad to hear that your health(bp) is coming around!
As far as the bench press goes I think it's just part of the game, especially during a cut.
IMO, with almost every program one lift will get a bit more recovery than the others. Maybe it's a good idea to schedule a few more days of rest in between bench pressing, or make it the first lift of the week.
My routine is partially set up the way it is because benching is the least of my problems:
Tuesday - bench
Wed - Off
Thursday - squat/powerclean
Friday - bench/ohp
Saturday - Off
Sunday - Off