Well, I Had the surgery on my 'C' spine on Monday, January 31 and a ninor 'follow up' on Wednesday, February 2.
Post operative X rays indicate success but there is little change in terms of feeling and/or fine motor control of my hands. Apparently, this will take weeks, if not months.
In any case, I am now resting (less than) comfortably at home. And receiving visitors (for the information of those in the Vancouver area).
Not that I am complaining in the latter regard! I want to re-emphasize my thanks to my friends, old and new; CIS and trans who have dropped by - often bearing gifts (chicken 'catchatorie', wine, Russian cigarettes, etc.) and those who have been taxi/ambulance drivers for me.