Funny, SanCho. Very funny.
My cat actually shows no long-term damage. She did hide under the bed for a while. She has no balance problems. She still makes the scratching gesture, though, occasionally.
Second, I really didn't care about the de-clawing. I wasn't really pressing for it. I really didn't care, but it was strongly recommended to the point where I was almost forced.
Will you, I wouldn't normally declaw (heck, even spay or neuter) a cat, but she was being destructive and in hindsight, it helped a lot. Never mind that she was chopping off little bits of me.
My cat has a very soft life, so having her claws removed, though traumatic, was only a slight repayment.