after checking in with the recovery ward (mom and Bobbie), the latest drug combination needed for progress has been a temporary setback. he is under a lot of pain, has to take the pain meds a little more frequently than before which has other side effects, but he has to stay ahead of the pain because it causes stress and makes the situation worse.
hopefully this status will not last long. on the pain meds its really tough to talk on the phone, or even watch tv. with luck, the work behind the scenes will be effective and these meds can be relaxed soon.