Sounds like you're doing pretty darn good for yourself! Round 2. Sheesh, you should be patting yourself on the back for what you've been through. I'm so happy that this one is over (the super hard part) and that it wasn't worse than the first.
As for the shedding - soak, pumice stone (very gently!), vitamin E oil is what worked for me. It seems like it took forever, but it was probably just a few weeks. Oh, and shaving is so overrated.
At least I kept telling myself that.
I bet you like having your own place without sharing space with mom! It's good to hear from you. I hope the recovery continues to go well. Those little struggles you have will start to slip away as the weeks progress and by this time next year, you'll be dancing to class.