Elysium's Surgery - Final Update on Sunday 7/24 - Safe At Home.

Guys, this will be my last update in this thread so we can let things get back to some kind of normal.

I am home in my big comfy chair with my laptop, my big glass full of water, a nice view out the window and the loving, doting attention of the best wife in the world. At this point, there is some big rehabilitation and recovery, but I'm ready to say that all is officially and finally well.

It's been a rough few months, and honestly the actual week in the hospital only falls in about the middle of my list of tough things to deal with. I was fortunate to have an amazing surgeon (seriously the scar is bad ass but not nearly as disfiguring as I'd have guessed), a great team in the ICU and the cardiac wing taking care of me, and the amazing support of all of you. Please know that hearing the words from this thread and from twitter have brightened my spirits day after day. Thank you all for your concern and your kindness.

Now I just need to figure out some fancy, superhero tech to plug into my cyber-heart so I can magnify the power of my beard to support the forces of good.

Elysium wrote:

I am home in my big comfy chair.

Boom.

So if we hear about a Bearded superhero in the news in the next few weeks, we'll know who that is. If we're choosing names, I vote for Beard of Justice.

Justiceiro Barbudo!

So,like, when can I safely send him Amnesia through Steam?

El-Taco-the-Rogue wrote:
Elysium wrote:

I am home in my big comfy chair.

Boom. :D

Does it have to be a chair?

Tanglebones wrote:
El-Taco-the-Rogue wrote:
Elysium wrote:

I am home in my big comfy chair.

Boom. :D

Does it have to be a chair?

Is space an issue?

I was too lazy to shop a pic of Elysium's head onto a busty woman's body to show "post-op" Elysium, but just putting the idea out there...

Now I just need to figure out some fancy, superhero tech to plug into my cyber-heart

Wait, wait. All that discomfort and inconvenience, and you didn't get fancy superhero tech?

I think you need to have stern words with your surgeon. You were gypped!

I'm so glad to hear all this! Nothing like being back in familiar surroundings, waited upon hand and foot by beautiful women after surgery!

Now, speaking of the surgery...am I the only one thinking, "Pics or it didn't happen?" C'mon, Sands! Make with the gory post-op scar images already!

Elysium wrote:

Now I just need to figure out some fancy, superhero tech to plug into my cyber-heart so I can magnify the power of my beard to support the forces of good.

Wait, you're limiting yourself here...why does it have to be the good side?

How long till we can make him laugh really hard without severe pain?

Tigerbill wrote:

How long till we can make him laugh really hard without severe pain?

Easy. Just post a link to Boogle's dating thread. Oh wait, you didn't want to cause severe pain. My bad.

Elysium wrote:

I am home in my big comfy chair with my laptop

Commence gaming marathon!

MeatMan wrote:
Elysium wrote:

I am home in my big comfy chair with my laptop

Commence gaming marathon!

+1!

(Apologies but I've been spending way too much time on G+.)

Absolutely wonderful news!
Whatever the frustration as the speed of recovery slows a bit, even though its still going forward, there's really no place like home, hearth, and family love to make you feel more whole. All our best to you and the family.
Maybe a little less gaming and some more mindless TV, though, eh? Keep giving yourself the easy road for a bit, tough man.

From my final update of the original post:

Sunday
I'm sitting on the sofa on our living room, across from Elysium, who is comfortably settled in his oversized recliner. We both have laptops, and we can hear our kids playing happily downstairs under the watchful eye of my wonderful mother (who came up to watch them, so I can dote on Elysium properly.)The windows are open, with a cool breeze drifting in, birds singing, and a white-tailed deer grazing on my flower border. (Seriously.) We've been for a nice walk this morning, yet Elysium is still wriggling his foot as he types - a sure sign of his returning energy.

Elysium has posted an update on page 15 of this thread. I'm going to add my thanks to all of you here as well. You can't imagine how much it helped to look on here and see all of the posts of caring and support. It meant more than you will ever know. Thanks to the amazing GWJ community at large - you guys rock.

Glad to hear you are home! And, you managed to get there without the ruby slippers. A word of advice, do not ever ever ever do more than your therapists say, no matter how fabulous you are feeling. It can backfire badly.

Wonderful. Such a storybook ending, it brought a tear to my eye. I am so very glad to hear that all is well and he's finally able to recover at home!

Glad things have turned out well! Hope that your recovery continues to progress as smoothly as things have gone so far!

oh, what a relief.
greetings from London, England.

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Outstanding!

Great news! Here' to a speed recovery and no setbacks!

Home sweet home. Glad to hear it.

Good man, welcome home!

Awesome news. Nothing adds to the healing factor more than the surroundings you love the most.

Looking forward to seeing how far through the Steam pile you get too (just don't rush it).

Mytch wrote:

I'm so glad to hear all this! Nothing like being back in familiar surroundings, waited upon hand and foot by beautiful women after surgery!

Now, speaking of the surgery...am I the only one thinking, "Pics or it didn't happen?" C'mon, Sands! Make with the gory post-op scar images already! :P

I would have asked for video of the procedure. I bet they'd never let that happen though; for malpractice reasons. Of course I have a strange scientific, or perhaps morbid curiosity like that. I have asked for copies of my xrays and to see the monitor for various scope related procedures.

Ghostship wrote:
Mytch wrote:

I'm so glad to hear all this! Nothing like being back in familiar surroundings, waited upon hand and foot by beautiful women after surgery!

Now, speaking of the surgery...am I the only one thinking, "Pics or it didn't happen?" C'mon, Sands! Make with the gory post-op scar images already! :P

I would have asked for video of the procedure. I bet they'd never let that happen though; for malpractice reasons. Of course I have a strange scientific, or perhaps morbid curiosity like that. I have asked for copies of my xrays and to see the monitor for various scope related procedures.

I had reconstructive ankle surgery about four years ago, and have several pictures of the inside of my ankle during the surgery. Even grosser, when the disgusting scar tissue came off in a chunk, I kept it in a ziploc baggie.

Even grosser, when the disgusting scar tissue came off in a chunk, I kept it in a ziploc baggie.

That is gross. What a waste. You should have made soup.