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Good morning, everyone,

The surgery was successful!  Jim went into the OR at about 2:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and the surgery was finished by about 5:30.  When we talked with the surgeon, he said he came through with "flying colors."  Now comes the hard part!  He will need to stay flat on his back for the next two to three weeks, depending on how quickly everything heals.  The good news is he is on a sand bed just like the one he had at Aspirus.  It was the first time the nurses, and even the surgeon, had seen one, so we were able to teach them a bit about it.  Jim likes this type of bed because he says it is very comfortable.  The bad news is that it will be difficult for him to eat while lying flat.  When Bethany and I left last night, they were giving him water, which he was able to swallow without any problems.  Since nutrition is a key ingredient to healing, they were going to work with a nutritionist to see how he will be able to eat high protein foods in addition to the protein shakes, which can quickly kill an appetite.

We also need to help him prevent boredom.  It isn't easy to see the T.V. screen, so we will add the radio and talking books.  He is once again looking at a white ceiling so we are searching for a mobile.  If you are in the Milwaukee area, feel free to stop in for a visit.  Now most of his visitors, in addition to family, are people from the hospital that he worked with last year.  He is surprised that so many people know him, but he can always use more visitors.

Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers because he isn't out of the woods yet.  However, there is a different feel this year knowing that we will probably be home by mid-September.

Mary Kay