If you're keeping track, you realize that I'm back home from heart surgery last week. A zombie for four days (two of which I don't remember at all), I started to feel human again on day 5 and 6. But the medical approach these days is to get you up and moving asap, so I was up in a chair for all meals starting on day 2, and walking (slowly I admit), on day 4. You have to be able to care for yourself to go home, so day 5 and 6 were busy with getting all those tubes out, practising sitting up and lying down without using your arms, and so on. I can't say enough good about the medical staff at St. Mary's in Kitchener, Ontario, for being both so kind and so competent. Nor can I say enough about Ontario's health care system - our biggest bill so far has been parking. I have a long way to go, but I'm apparently doing very well so far. I may write more to keep you posted.
Yes, I'm back. Survived the heart surgery and 'resting comfortably at home' as they say.