Anyway, I'm alive and kicking. The surgeon said everything went well and, more importantly, he sent me home with pain medicine. I'm in a lot more pain than I'd expected, but I'm pretty lucid. I can move around, it's the bending and stretching that's a problem. Sigh.
I didn't sleep well last night, but I'm looking forward to many cat-naps today!
I hope everyone out there reading this is well. And I hope to see some of you soon (others of you are a little far given my current condition).