Thank you for all of the well wishes and I apologize for the lack of updates!
The husband's surgery was quite a bit more extensive than what it was originally thought to be. It turns out that the military doctor who did the initial surgery five years ago was a "hack", so it was not just a matter of repair, but a matter of undoing what had originally been done. The patient is still in quite a bit of pain but he is doing better and can now get around on his own. He has surgery again next week.
In the meantime, things have been exciting here. The eggs in our BBQ
have all hatched and we can now hear the little birds chirping away. I will try to get some photos of them when they are big enough to make their debut! I am not exactly sure what kind of birds they are. The adults are about the size of a robin but black, with a yellow beak, and bright orange feet. Any ideas? They are probably something very common, especially in the midwest.