From start to finish we were there about 14 or 15 hours yesterday. (We saw the Tour de France two and a half times before we passed on another view.)
(Shelley, did you post this graphic to share? I hope I'm crediting it correctly!)
Greg's mom took the overnight shift. We went back this morning and the difference was astounding. The pain was better managed and Greg was able to eat. (Last night was a challenge -- between terrible swallowing pain and wanting to eat things he wasn't allowed, it was pretty tough.) In fact, today he ate quite a bit and was later given full food privileges. He's up and walking a bit, and while I think he'll probably crash out soon, was doing well when we left.
Greg is rather proud (or at least intrigued by) the fact that he looks rather like Frankenstein with a deep slash that goes between half and two thirds around his neck and dips down to about his collarbone. He also treasures the photo he requested of his thyroid. I can understand this. I'm still mad I didn't ask for pix of my fibroid last year. Pictures of other peoples' in books just aren't the same as your personal parts. I think he's anticipating Halloween, although we'd rather he have purchased a rather less painful and permanent costume.
Meanwhile, I finished off a purse (ready to felt), an easy mystery ("Shamus in the Green Room," by Susan Kandell, part of her series about a woman who writes mysteries about dead mystery writers and gets involved in her own messes), and plenty of other bits and pieces.
So, when we left today, I headed to the office to thank you all on my blog and to answer a few e-mails; Rick hit the road for a 60-mile-bike ride (or maybe only 40 tonight) and later I'll settle in for the last episode of "Inspector Lewis" on "Masterpiece Mystery!" Greg's in good hands with his mom, and his friend Kate is also there. He'll come home tomorrow.
He'll soon be back drawing. I made him an art journal (I'll post pix later) and he is also eager to do some more chalkboards. You can see the boards he's done at his brand new blog. (Don't look for frequent updates!)
I may or may not be able to be back on blog for a bit, or check others' but will check in with you soon. Meanwhile, thank you so much, once again, for being such a grand support system. I treasure your messages.