Yesterday's surgery went quite well. From my perspective the only interesting thing was a minor, but briefly worrisome mistake made when trying to get the IV going (for the first time in her career, the nurse managed to get the wrong kind of blood vessel).
The surgery itself was about half again as long as planed (3 hours instead of two), since the nodule on my right side was even bigger than had been thought. For the same reason, I also have a larger incision.
I stayed in the hospital overnight, not that I slept all that well between the discomfort, the strange bed, and the strange noises.
This morning the surgeon's partner (he doesn't work on Fridays, so she follows up on his patients from Thursday surgeries) checked everything out and said I could go. Of course it was about another four hours before the nurses got everything together and I actually made it home.
I'm on calcium supplements for the next few weeks, and on thyroid replacement for the rest of my life (which apparently has to be taken BEFORE breakfast, unlike the rest of my daily meds). I've still got a drain, which should come out on Monday, and stitches that should come out on Wednesday.
Thank you for the prayers and good thoughts.