Hi danakin. Those are some beautiful healthy plants you have growing there. I look forward to when they aren't all the same height and your scape takes a more three dimensional shape!
I love the looks of your family. Gorgeous dog cat and kid! I know nothing about that surgery, but it sounds reasonably non-threatening since they mess around with bones and not nerves or the brain itself. I totally approve the therapy you have chosen for yourself. Pets (including planted tanks) are terrific stress reducers. I set up my first office tank when stress at work was getting to be too much. Keep the tank challenges at a low level and everything will be fine.