On December 7, I had a spinal fusion from L2 -5. Quite the surgery, as you can well imagine. On my return home, I discovered that my tobaccos didn't taste quite right and I am assuming that this is due to the influence of the heavy doses of morphine I was taking. I wonder if any of you have had similar experiences? Then, to make matters worse, the installed hardware failed, and they did a revision of the surgery last Monday, installing heavier hardware, heavier screws, and making me truly a bionic man. I'm currently at a rehab facility not far from home recovering my strength, learning to do most things, save smoking my pipes. During this difficult periodI had the occasion to be home for one day, during which I was installed as Worshipful Master of my Masonic Lodge. I expect to be out of here in a few days, and then I will begin to sample my tobaccos on a bit by bit basis. If any of you have any advice to offer on how to enjoy tobacco while taking heavy doses of narcotics, I would appreciate it. The good news is that the narcotics are managing my pain, but not putting me in Disneyland, so I'm grateful for that. I've been whiling away time here listening to broadcasts with Brian Levine and Olie Sylvestor, longing to sample a bowl now and then. Anyway, colleagues, words of comfort and encouragement would certainly be appreciated.