We arrived at the hospital at 9 this morning....checked in and were taken to the surgical floor. The nurse told Joe to remove his clothes and put on the gown. They asked him a million questions and took his vitals. Then the anesthesia nurse came and talked to him and answered Joe's questions. Joe said, "Just don't kill me." LOL The surgical nurse came and we found out that she was Italian...Joe was in good hands. The doctor came just before the scheduled time and answered questions and prayed with us. He was taken to surgery after hugs and kisses and see you laters. We went to the waiting room. Each patient is given a # and we could look at a big computer like screen on the wall to see where he was in the surgical unit...surgery,recovery room 1, recovery room 2, or ICU etc. Everything was color coded and easy to read. We could watch the board to see if he was still in surgery. Well, the surgery took much less time that the doctor told us. Just 1 1/2 hrs. When he went to recovery, the doctor came and talked to us. He brought out a couple of x rays to give Joe. He explained the surgery showing us on the x ray. Then we waited for about 4 hours. They kept coming out and telling us how he was doing. When they said that he was talking and questioning everything...I knew it wouldn't be long before we would be able to join him in his room. This part of the hospital is brand new and his room is very nice, but very small for two beds. Dan and Melody went home and I stayed on to arrange his things. They rolled him for the first time and raised him up in the bed. He winced when they did this. I wish that I could have seen his incision...I'll try to tomorrow. When I left he was getting a drink of water, and they were going to put on some stockings that will prevent blood clots and inhalation therapy had been called for his C pap machine. I left and came right home. I am so tired...it's harder to sit for 8 hours than it is to do physical work. Joe just called and said that he is still doing well...and when was I coming tomorrow?