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- Posted on Aug 5th 2009 10:30AM by John D. Luerssen
"So I'm about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it," Yauch wrote. "I haven't taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should I say, taking them slows it down. Anyway, I spent one night at the hospital after the surgery. The hospital was too crazy to get any rest so I headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.
"I'm pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time," he continues. "That took several days to get out of my system. My neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. Had the stitches out this past Monday ... so things are moving along."
Next up for Yauch is radiation, which starts in a few weeks. Describing it as "torture," he said it "involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, five days a week, for about seven weeks."
Unfortunately, the letter offers no hints to when fans can expect 'Hot Sauce Committee,' the group's upcoming album that was delayed by the news of his illness. However, Yauch did express his appreciation of the tributes paid to him by other acts at last weekend's All Points West festival after the Beasties were forced to cancel their headlining spot.
"Saw the Jay-Z cover of 'No Sleep,' and the Coldplay one of 'Fight for Your Right' from APW on YouTube. Good s---. And I heard Karen O wore a 'get well MCA' armband, and that Q-Tip gave a shout out too ... very kind of them," Yauch wrote. "Just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. I do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well. Much love back at all of you!"