so today's surgery was a success! for the prelude, see: http://besary.blogspot.com/2011/01/youll-never-eat-chicken-tender-again.html
anyhoo, i have a bandage on my upper shoulder and 14 needle pricks on my hand and in my arm, plus i scored a pair of non-skid hospital slippers out of the whole thing. DEAL!
the only low point for me was not being able to see what it is they pulled out of me. so i Googled it (of course i did.) if you're not of the faint of heart, look here for what they may have gotten: