Marcel just underwent spinal fusion surgery, leading Sam to share his own list of "heavy metal" instrumentation: he has rods in his leg, a screw in his arm, can't remember what else...and Marcel has rods, screws, hooks and wires in his back now. See here:
He's fit-as-a-fiddle now! Which reminds me, I shared one of my favorite jokes with Marcel upon his release from the hospital. I learned it from a Bazooka Joe comic about 45 years ago (!): "Hey doc, will I be able to play the piano after my surgery?" The doc says, "Of course you will." And Bazooka Joe says, "That's swell. I never could before!"
Well, he doesn't play piano yet, but he is 1 1/2" taller immediately following the surgery.