Joe Haldeman went in for scheduled ileostomy take-down surgery on February 17, to reconnect his intestines following the surgery he had in September of 2009.
Gay Haldeman reported in a post on SFF.net that the surgeon did a laparoscopic procedure, so they wouldn’t have to make a huge incision. As of February 18 Joe was still in Intensive Care, but he would probably be moved to a regular room on Saturday:
He’s still not allowed to eat or drink, but is up in a chair and has walked some. Most tubes have been removed. They were bothering him more than anything else. Now he says he feels like he’s been knifed in the abdomen, which he has.