I'm so glad you like this surgeon and are going to go ahead and have the surgery. It sounds like you keep getting sicker and sicker, so now is the time to get your life back! :)
My dad was a doctor, too, and I was really close with him (he passed away in '06), so I would have stayed with him after surgery, if I needed someplace quiet to go. Staying with your friend who's a nurse is a good option, too.
Please ask any questions you may have! We're all here to help.
P.S. - I saw on your other post that you were wondering how to attach a signature to the bottom of your posts. Click on Control Panel (top left in the blue bar), then click on Edit Profile, and go down to Signature at the bottom of the page. Type in what you want and click Submit.