My neurosurgeon removed the staples on schedule, & it hurt a lot less than I expected.
The only actual pain came when some sticky stuff in my hair (disinfectant, I presume, since no glue was used) grabbed a departing staple & pulled as it left — & even that was fairly minor, barely any flinching.
It’s proabbly only psychedelic, but I feel much lighter-headed now.
Unexpectedly, the whole process has left me very tired (I wonder what the staples acted as an antenna for? :-), so I’m guessing that it’ll be lights-out early tonight.