Thanks everyone who left messages, sent emails and prayed for us and those who didn't because they don't but like PC, sent well wishes instead; the support was really appreciated. Matt read me your comments when I was in hospital and it was really cool.
Matt and the teens have done a great job of taking care of me and running the house though. I work full time (normally) so they normally run it anyway. However, cooking, without me being able to poke my head in the kitchen and answer queries, is not their best skill so the friends and church people who sent us meals have been invaluable.
Recovery has been pretty rough. In addition to the pain one would expect from major surgery, I have found the nausea and head fuzzyness really difficult. I kept throwing up and feeling like I was going to faint all the time. I could not think and when I read anything I could only hold 2-3 sentences in my head so I kept losing the thread of the argument - most frustrating. Writing was really hard too - it made my head hurt.
My head feels a lot clearer now but it is still not 100%. I am still in a lot of pain though and I think that's going to take a while but the drugs do their thing so it is manageable. Apparently I am supposed to feel well enough to return to full time work in 3 weeks time. It seems hard to believe but if I could be pain free soon that would be great.