I just wanted to thank everyone who has been thinking and praying about Dad and is interested in his status. He had surgery yesterday, did very well, and is in very good condition. He will probably be able to return home later today or tomorrow. He is wearing his clamshell brace daily to help decrease his pain significantly by supporting his spine and the cracked and destroyed discs, and he is more mobile than he has been in weeks. He can get around the house on his own with a rolling walker or a cane and sturdy helper nearby. We are all so relieved that his surgery is out of the way, and he can finally begin to start making strides toward true recovery. We'll be eating at the Beef House together in no time! Plus, the pain medication they gave him yesterday didn't hurt. In his words, "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..."