Seriously, it did/does suck. But I am playing guitar again already and can use it in a somewhat normal fashion. I am not at the point where I don't think about it yet. It still hurts a lot and gets sore easy. My arm in general is still pretty sensitive to getting banged around or squeezed. The surgeon told me I was about 6 months ahead of schedule as to usage, flexibility, strength and general healing. I did put myself through hell these last few months to get past it and may have done more than I should at times. But I guess it's just a question of how long you want to spread out the agony.
And Thanks, D.J., you rock!