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Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden arrives a bit later in the morning, but his workdays have been stretching into nights again.

He returned to work part time last week after brain surgery May 23 but is now working virtually full-time a week ahead of schedule and, Mr. Hayden said, he's not feeling fatigued.

"Now I feel like I did before the surgery," he said Wednesday, relaxing in his office with a can of ginger ale instead of the Coca Cola he once favored. That's one minor change his medical situation has wrought -- no more caffeine -- a habit that he acknowledges had nearly become an addiction.

Mr. Hayden has resumed attending some community meetings at night. He spoke at last Thursday night's police recruit class graduation and on Saturday opened a Dundalk campaign headquarters and attended an Edgemere parade.

After working 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first few days, he has found his days quickly stretching to 10 hours each, he said. On $H Monday night, he didn't quit until after a community meeting in Lansdowne that lasted until nearly 10 p.m., Mr. Hayden said.

But the 49-year old executive said things never will get as hectic as they were before the blood vessel broke in his head May 8. No more three community meetings a night, or working seven days a week.

"The big guy smiled down on me," he said of the brain surgery that successfully removed the malformed blood vessels on his brain, leaving him with just a minor right side vision loss and shorter hair.

"This has changed my life," he said, adding that he now finds it easier to concentrate on what he has, rather than what he's missing. "I just spend more time being thankful."

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