Re: Queen bee
Try one of these links...
Joseph Clemens is in Arizona and raises queens thru fall and into winter, at least some years. You may contact him and see if he can help you out also. He is a member here of beesource...
Being in Alabama, you don't know of any locals that have some queens for sale still? I bet there are beeks still raising queens there somewhere. Have you contacted anyone in any local beeclubs?
Best of luck finding a queen and hope you recover fully from the surgery.
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.