The smaller portion is almost certainly coming home tomorrow.
When I went up to see him this morning they had taken him off the oxygen, and were testing his capacity to breathe without it. He walked a complete circuit of the ward and was only very slightly breathless. He recovered quickly too. So the physiotherapist gave him a tick.
All the tubes and cannulas have also been removed. He is eating. And drinking.
The stoma nurse came to see him this morning and gave him an interim supply of equipment to take home. She also promised that she would order a month's supply to be delivered. And is obviously as good as her word because they are here.
A community nurse will come by on Monday to remove the sixty or seventy staples currently holding him together. And will be on call should he/we need her.
I am really, really happy, but still miffed that they couldn't have done it this way the last time.
He agreed to photos today too. I was right, he was happier about the bruises on his wrists and arms being captured than his face. And since I too am camera phobic I didn't push it - but now have a couple of nice photos to cherish while the beard grows back.
Thanks for all the support - it meant a lot.