Recovery was harder. "It was hell on earth when I first came round," Brooks says. "I'd been on Vicodin for a long time because of the pain, and they got me off it cold turkey. Hip surgery is a pretty brutal operation anyway, and I was in a hot room in a hot country, and I had about eight blankets on me I was shivering so bad. It was two days of hell, but I haven't taken any Vicodin or any other painkillers since--and that includes the plane rides home." They returned March 8.