I did it! It's over and done. I'm a doctor now. The defense went very well. It was actually shorter than I anticipated: we wrapped up by noon and the entire committee took me to lunch. I was very nervous at the start of my presentation, but by the time we got to the questions, I was enjoying myself. I even cracked a few jokes, to help me relax and it worked: the audience started to laugh and it lightened the mood. There were no questions I felt I couldn't answer, and even when I didn't know the answer immediately, there was always something I could say.
I can't even begin to describe the relief I am currently experiencing. I'll try with capital letters:HUGE RELIEF. Not quite, but it will have to do.
Do you know what time our anxious owl woke up this morning? 3am, and that was that.
So I am off for a nap.
Your encouragements are wonderful! I am so lucky to have your support.
P.S. Did I even notice the very pregnant internal/external examiner? Not really. I took it as a good omen.