Podds: He is there now, and although he probably doesnt like it and misses home/you, he has also settled down a bit, and is in the best place for his recovery.
If it were me, I would tough out another couple days just to be sure recovery starts well, and is monitored. My biggest problem would be that I want him home, but for my own reasons, not nesessarily the best ones for him. I had that decision to make with one of my cats after a leg amputation years back, it hurt me more to leave him there those extra days, but they were worth it for him. When I collected him, even with three legs he came bouncing over and sat on me and wouldnt get up for ages, we had to almost force him go in the basket to bring home Made me cry lots ....
I like fruit like melon or my fave satsumas really easy to eat, feel good and are nice too, or small bottles of rice pudding also go down really well and taste great, both are magical after many hours on the go.
Add to that I take ginsters pasties, home made rice cakes, home made dark chocolate gel but not always all together, depends if I need to be self sufficient on a day out.
I tend to think half the battle is finding stuff that you enjoy eating, and eat cos you want to, not because you need to.
Good report Melds, I did laugh at this, (not that I have ever done it myself ..... Honest ...
"Tipped a cup of water over my head at one aid station only to find it was High 5 and spent the next few hours trying to dilute it with water and fending off wasps."
Whats that bike course like elevation wise? Its hard to tell from reports as pretty much everyone will be better on the bike than me at the moment, and make hills sound easy. I am trying to work on them tho