Get well soon Pete and family! I've been a sluggite since 2004 and I wont be going anywhere! Take all the time you need to rest and recover! just updated my DoN status since it ran out a few weeks ago too :)
Get well soon. Wishing you a רפואה שלמה - (that's "refuah shelema" - Hebrew for a complete recovery.) May you be completely and speedily healed.
Don't worry about the comic. We understand. As much as I want to know where the story goes next, your health is more important. And when you're healed, rested and ready to write/draw more, we'll all be here waiting for you.
And I love the sketches of the Sluggy crew as cats. I think you should use them somehow. Maybe a parallel universe, or a dream sequence or something. They're just too cute!