Dad has been stepped down from ICU, but he's still on the same in floor of the hospital. The doctor came and removed the drains from his incisions, and everything is looking good. His voice is still really hoarse from the tube in his throat, but he feels good enough to try and crack jokes.
He's having a good deal of pain, but actually the surgeons are happy about that as it means his nerve endings are finally getting feeling in them again. Just like the "pins and needles" feeling when you've sat too long except it's everywhere from the neck down.
He's been up and walking yesterday and today. 40 feet yesterday and a little further today. And he's able to swallow "real food" as opposed to liquids only like yesterday.
FH and I have come home, as there isn't much else for us to do down there at this point. Mom will call me if she needs me again and FH has work tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for your positive thoughts, prayers, and healing vibes. I'm going to go collapse onto the couch and put my feet up.