I am home, and so happy to be there. I remain very weak – climbing the stairs feels like doing Everest, and I can’t walk far. My balance is uncertain but I expect to graduate from a walker to a cane soon. My hands shake, and typing is hard. I get tired pathetically easily. But every day I’m a bit stronger, and the prognosis is good, although it will take some time to make a full recovery.

I am so deeply grateful for the messages of support here, in email, in cards, and via intermediaries. I will write more fully about that when I’m a bit better as it has been humbling and amazing. Meanwhile, please forgive me if a personal reply to your email is delayed a little more.

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22 Responses to Home

  1. Matt says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re making progress, Michael. Don’t get depressed, but don’t push yourself too hard, either. And remember, a cane looks very distinguished. If you can find one with a sword or gun, it’s even dashing. (It might cause trouble with security in some places, though.) Be well!

  2. Caroline Abbott says:

    What an ordeal! Thanks for letting us know of your improved condition. You’ve made a lot of friends out here.

    As far as Matt’s advice (above): Forget the weapon. Get a cane with a built-in flask.

  3. Rick says:

    Baby steps, Michael.


  4. Kathy W says:

    So glad to hear that you are home…do take things slowly, recovery from any major surgery takes time, and heart surgery more so, since it affects your breathing/lung function as well. Sending positive thoughts to you.

  5. Randy Paul says:

    Best wishes on your continued recovery, Michael. We’re all pulling for you.

  6. Janet says:


    We are all wishing you the best. But take your time and focus on yourself…..

    Any regrets on adding that second floor to your house??

  7. Joe1 says:

    Hang in there, Michael. Seven years after my bilateral total hip replacement, I still have in my bedroom my walker, a set of crutches, two canes, and a remote grabbing device. I keep a cane in my car for emergencies, and I keep a grabbing device at the office. I keep them around as reminders to be careful.

  8. Craig Simon says:

    Happy to hear you’re making progress. Hope to hear about your spectacular recovery before long… as well as see the evidence of it.

  9. phil says:

    I glad to hear you’re home. You may not get the same level of “professional care” at home … but I’ll bet you’ll recover faster! Best wishes for your total (and rapid) recovery.

  10. enderfem says:

    So glad to hear you are home! I hope each day gets better.

  11. Ann Bartow says:

    This is good news! You are important to a lot of people, and we are all pulling for you. If you need anything, just ask and consider it done.

  12. Chuck says:

    Sit back, relax and just kick some ideas around about what you’ll lecture on next autumn.
    Nothing on paper, just let the ideas float around in your head and they will gradually coalesce.
    and say, “Thank You” quite often to those who are at home helping you.
    A Smile and a nice “Thank You” will go a long way to make them happy, also !

  13. Just me says:

    Wears a bowtie, rocks a full beard (I’m guessing you still have one), authors a widely read blog, is a law professor, and now has a cane with either a flask or a weapon built in!!! Dos Equis beer should hire Michael as the new “Most Interesting Man in the Word.”

    Congratulations on the return home Michael!!!

  14. Paul Contreras says:


    אני שמח לשמוע שאתה משתפר. זהו אירוע שמח שאתה יכול לחגוג את הפסח עם המשפחה שלך.


    (now in Tel Aviv)

  15. Very glad you’re home! Hope everything improves, one day at a time.

  16. Mike Marshall says:


    Hang in there! You’ll be back to full strength in no time!

  17. Rob says:

    A blessing of being an academic is that (almost) everything, except family, can wait until we are ready. By the way, you’ve always looked dashing.

  18. SB says:

    Godspeed Michael, weeks in hospital is agony.. No going back got it?

  19. Ryan Jackson says:

    Glad that you finally made it! Looking forward to your fast recovery now. Just continue your medications and at least take time to do walking once in a while. It’s a best form of therapy.Ryan Jackson

  20. Josh says:

    Good to hear you are out hospital and doing better. Get well soon!

  21. Dsny Gms says:

    Sounds like you are making progress, best of luck with your recovery!

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