Just ran into this wonderful story. I wish you luck with your recovery, many of us have had the same experience and you expressed it very nicely, especially the host wafer (LOL).
I also dropped by your page and read the New Year's piece. The only advice I can give you on starting your life out as a new born grown-up is this. Do as much as you can while you are young, travel, play, whatever. Be adventurous. It's going to get harder to do those things as you get older and settle into life. And then there's children. I'll shut up now.