I just wanted to let you all know that my step-dad went home from the hospital yesterday evening. He hasn't been able to really sit in his chair in months but was doing so last night. All he really wanted, according to Mom, was a "good" cup of coffee and cookies. He's still in some pain from the surgery and the ulcers in his colon but says he can tell a difference already. I'm assuming it's because the colostomy is working and no waste is passing through the ulcerated section of his colon. (He had liquid morphine to take for breakthrough pain previously and bathroom time was generally when he used it) Mom called me this morning. She was getting ready to go to the store and then was going to be cooking all sorts of things for Dad. He still has some food restrictions until things heal more but he's looking forward to eating normally. He really hasn't been eating much in the past year because of the natural results which would cause more pain. (This is quite the challenge describing things in a "polite" manner! LOL) Thank you all again for all of your good thoughts and well wishes. As I had said earlier in the week, I had shown my original post and the replies to Mom while we were at the hospital. She was very touched by all of you doing that for a complete stranger. (And Esther, she figured any prayers or thoughts coming from Jeruselam would be especially helpful! LOL) Thank you again!