I said that I had planned the surgery for January so I was able to complete my October and January launches, but that until then I may have doctors appointments and days that I'm just not mentally up to par. He was very understanding, and said it was probably because he is a Brit (based just outside of London) that he doesn't expect me to be some sort of robot like he has seen some American bosses expect. Yes, Brits get more time for vacation, illness, and major life events versus Americans. Anyway, he says I have his full support, and if I need to bow out of any meetings or calls because I just can't deal at the moment, to quickly excuse myself and that is fine. If anyone gives me any grief about anything, to let him know and, without letting them know details, he will explain that there is a medical issue that he is fully aware of. Hopefully, I won't run into that situation.
I was very pleased that he was immediately so understanding. He even brought up issues I didn't want to, such as saying he would expect there would be an 'adjustment' period because of hormone issues, etc. as I returned to work and he would also back me (without giving details) if that causes any problems.
If I haven't said it lately, I really do love where I work. I love what I do, although we have more than our fair share of stupidity and politics, I like most of the people I work with, and I love the flexibility of the role I am in.