Erika and Bryan went up to the hospital around 9 p.m. Thursday night, and we caught the nurses just as they took out Joel’s ventilator tube. That was great news. The doctors told us he may have been on the ventilator for two days after surgery. He was a little hoarse but totally coherent. He saw Erika and talked to her and smiled. I talked to him as well and told him that surgery went well. He was very tired. Bryan left, and Erika stayed through the night. Things are really going well according to Joel’s general surgeon. He said Joel is doing well.