On Wednesday, May 23, John Whiteside reported that, "Don had a procedure to extract a gall stone from his ducts done today. (He) got back to his room about 13:15. I visited him at 17:30 and he was awake and chatting with me. No one had seen, or talked to his doctor, or had any data on the computer about Don’s procedure’s results. Guess we will have to wait til tomorrow. He hopes to go home soon."
Since that report, Don has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. He has been talking with friends on the phone and is in good spirits. As one would expect, he's chomping at the bit to go out on a fire run. However, doctor's have told him to take it easy, not lift anything, and start building strength with short walks.