Thank you for all of your kind and encouraging messages. I am undergoing my second day of pre-op testing here at the Cleveland Clinic, and look forward to the arrival of my wife, my children, and my mother Tuesday night. I undergo surgery on Wednesday. I am told that after I awake from surgery, my neck will be in a brace and I may find it difficult to speak for a couple of days. So this is a golden opportunity for my family and friends to finally work a word in edgewise! And I can finally see The View. I feel lucky to be receiving the best possible care at this extraordinary place. Cervical spinal surgery is demanding, but as a doctor told me yesterday, "We have a saying in neurology. 'Hey, it's not brain surgery.'" With thanks for all of your best wishes.