ABC7 Reporter Stephen Tschida, our wild train rider, is in the thick of life after arm surgery.

Three days ago he wrote on Twitter that he was spending time with his Aunt Molly: “Off post-op pain killers and alone at a house in the country with an old lady. Feel like I’m living the ENDING of ‘Valley of the Dolls.’ Two days ago he reported, “If a surgeon says “you’re going to be uncomfortable” that means you will be in AGONY! My new goal for a return to normalcy is November 1.” On Monday he provided yet another update, saying, “Bottom line: I quit pain pills too soon. Just didn’t want to wind up like Matthew Perry. Although he really did get thin for a while.”