Don has a Thoracic Epidural in his back. That helps him deal with pain without being on hard drugs. However, he can't stay on that too long because it makes the bowels sleep. For the first two days or so he can have it but then he has to get weaned off of it so that his bowels begin working again. So far he is doing well. He just told me that the Dr. came in and said, "I got the license number of the truck that hit you!"
While they were doing surgery the lab tests showed some sort of resistant bug that the Dr. excavated from all the "rot". This could be the reason why Don never healed and continued to abcess even in the presence of antibiotics. The surgeon and internal medicine guys are very optimistic about Dons recovery and Don is trying to be a "good boy" about all they tell him to do. This morning he couldn't get the "ball off the ground" with his spirometer. This afternoon he has brought it almost half way up. That is very good.
Right now Don drifts in and out of sleep. This is good for him to get lots of rest and let the bowel heal. In about a day or two the marathon training begins and I don't think he will like it. But hey, gotta do what you gotta do!