For those of you who are interested in what the doctor's have done to John's hand, and how it is attached to his groin with a skin flap, click on the link below. These pix are pg-13 and yes the skin flap has been formed to look like a tube.
John is in good spirits today... He is a little frustrated by how he can't get his left leg to work right (consequence of the bone graft donor site in left hip - it should get better) and a little anxious that he is now in charge of positioning the flap/tube so that the blood flow continues. The blood flow through the flap/tube is checked every hour and thus far there have been no show stopping issues.
Everyday John gets a little better, a little stronger, and with the doctor's telling him everything is looking good, a little bit more at ease with the decision he has made.