Thanks to everyone for their prayers!
I slept all of 10 hours the past 3 days, so I pretty much came home and passed out. It hurt really badly when I first got home (and trying to get in a comfortable position… YIKES!), but after I have gotten some sleep and have iced it down, the pain is really no worse than before the surgery, and I think the pain now is from the actual procedure itself.
I only had to have one shot of the pre-surgery sedative (the other two I’ve had, they almost had to make me crazy to keep me from panicking). I attribute that, and the relative ease of recovery (so far) from everyone’s prayers. After they gave me the sedative, I completely forgot almost every single prayer except for Hail, Mary. So I said it over and over again, and it felt as each time I said it, a little more of the stress and tension left my body. I have never really firsthand experienced the power of the Blessed Mother to comfort her children, and to say the experience was profound for me is a severe understatement. I would have been glad to have gone through this experience with much more pain if it would have meant me experiencing that again.
God moves in mysterious (and wonderful) ways!