Well today wasn't too bad!
As usual the waiting around was the most difficult part. I was allowed to check in at 6:30 instead of 5:30, but the surgery didn't take place until at 9:00 am. So after sitting in the mass waiting room for awhile, we were ushered into into some yucky little pre-surgery cubicle with bad lighting and little privacy until I was brought to another pre-surgery cubicle that was slightly nicer. I had a great anesthesiologist who used all her power to help me avoid nausea from the anesthesia, and I woke up with a large bandage on my neck but otherwise ready to blow the joint. But MD in Power said I couldn't leave until 3pm so I made myself a nuisance and might have earned an early release. But I will never admit it.
I took a good nap this afternoon and woke up to a delicious dinner and a tree across our driveway. The tree incident was cleared about the time the rest of the anesthesia wore off, so I have a sore neck but am happy to have this behind me.
I am threatening to go to work later this week but this bandage is a little scary looking, so I'll see. I am stuck with it and no shower (baths only) for 7 days. In the meantime, I have enjoyed my brother's company and my gaggle of friends to cheer me on.
Thanks, everyone, for another good day.