and after surgery:
I've been doing pretty well. My back is achy, not surprising since I just had back surgery. Otherwise I've got very little pain with a lot of mobility. It is looking like I may be released before the weekend or just after.
Thanks for all the well wishing that I received before the surgery since it obviously got me through. Now I just have to make through another week of physical therapy and I get released to the place I really want to be: home.