Since I'm up and feeling better, I figured you all would appreciate a note from me directly.
First, thank you all for praying. It amazes me, the number of people who take some time out of their day to do so, because they care.
Well, it's not been all good news, but I am recovering my strength pretty rapidly, considering how big the surgery was. It was about a 6 hour job. There remains cancer in my abdomen that could not be removed, so my battle continues. That said, this surgery should hopefully benefit me and buy me some time to pursue other treatment options, so for that I'm thankful.
The night after surgery and into the next morning were pretty rough. My pain has been under control since mid-day yesterday, and that's made all the difference. My heart rate is in a reasonable range again, my body is not anxious, and I rested a bit more last night than previously. Today my energy level is quite good, and I plan on walking at least 3 times. I cleaned up this morning and shaved and that's always nice, not feeling like a scuzz. I'm still in ICU, but will probably be moved in a day or two, as long as there's room on the floor I'm headed to.
My whole family has been here the last day, with my brother just heading home. There are a number of people who will be visiting over the next several days, plus I've already received some cards here. I certainly appreciate the well-wishes!