I made it!
My surgery went off without a hitch shortly after 7 and was finished by 10:30. I was awake though pretty incoherent by noon, and the anasthesia wore off more or less completely by early afternoon, as far as I can tell.
It's now about 6:20, and I had a big chicken dinner and ice cream.
There's a nasty incision snaking along the base of my neck, but I'm in practically no pain due to nerves in the region being cut during previous surgeries. Fact is, my teeth hurt more tonight after I finished the ice cream.
The surgeon said we won't know the outcome of the procedure -- whether or not it successfully lowered my serum calcium -- until tests are done tomorrow morning. I'm hoping for the best. I'm also hoping to be dischared Saturday or Sunday.
The hospital has a great crafts/activities center with Internet access, and that's where I'm typing this.
Your thoughts and prayers got me to this point and will take me the rest of the way. I'm truly blessed in ways that are continuously unfolding through the friends and family I have.
I'll write more later. In just a few minutes, there's a blackjack game in the activities center, and I'm feeling pretty damn lucky (but, of course, we're using play money).