Yes, we are home and it had been a bit of a roller coaster. His health is greatly improved, but the emotional toll of the "bag" has been significant. It's a little more than we were prepared for, but I think each day has been a little better. Had a overflow problem the other night while he was sleeping and that really upset him. But we got through it. We are just preparing ourselves for a tough time until he completes the final 3rd step. I think until then it will be a lot of up and down. Every time I try to second guess myself and wonder if we did the right thing, I remind myself of how sick and unhappy he was suffering with the UC. Family and friends are so important and it sounds like your son will have both. We follow up with the surgeon on Monday. I'll let you know hoe we do. thanks for the outreach.