Thank you for all the kind thoughts for my brother today. I've just heard that the operation was successful and he is now in recovery for the next few hours. I am elated. He has a bit of a rough road ahead for sure but I am going to celebrate now with a bundaberg guava drink with heaps of ice in a nice crystal glass. YES!! I just love the sound of the ice clinking!! Memories..........but part of my re-training. Cheers.