Thank you for your kind words and support, Maelochs! I've never wanted to break a physician's orders more than I do right now. At least, not until about this time tomorrow . That said, my recovery is pretty clearly a marathon, not a sprint. As for canine companion Chip, both he and I must be content with walking for the time being.Mr. Newleaf, you are our shining, coughing beacon in a bed on a hill .... so to speak. We are all waiting to hear about how your canine companion made you tow him around town again.