Well, folks, old age is not for sissies. Lucky me - I developed a bone spur on my left heel, right where the Achilles tendon attaches. After a brief attempt at some conservative treatments (steroid, stem cell injection), my doctor finally said surgery was the only remaining option. I had the surgery today. It turned out the bone spur was larger than originally estimated, and a fragment had broken off. Also, the damage to the tendon was a bit worse than thought. She removed the bone spur and fragments, sewed up the tears in the tendon, and closed it up. I'm currently in a soft splint for two weeks, after which she'll put it in a cast. I could be in the cast for up to four weeks. During this time I can't put any weight on the left foot. I have crutches, a walker, and a knee scooter for limited mobility. After she removes the cast, I'll have to go into rehab for an as-yet undetermined period. I'd appreciate your prayers during this challenging period. I'd also like your prayers for Mrs. HHD - she'll have to do many of the things I've been doing, such as taking out the trash, watering the outdoor hanging plants, grocery shopping, and many other little things. And she is somewhat limited by Parkinson's - pretty much under control, but it affects her strength, stamina, and mobility. God is great, and He will take care of us, as He always does. Your prayers for us will be sincerely appreciated.