My doc read the pathology report to me, and the unequivocal conclusion is papillary thyroid carcinoma. It doesn't sound as if there's a variant detected. After talking to about five different docs, they all said, "go on vacation." So I think I shall. I have an appt. with the endo (specializes in thyroid cancer and will do a neck ultrasound) and the surgeon before we leave.
Still petrified about the surgery and the diagnosis, though.