Oh, happy day. The tube has been removed from GH's nose. My feared scenario of gushing blood was not realized, although there was a small amount of bleeding that the doctor deemed normal. GH does have to keep a Vaseline-coated cotton ball up his nose for a few days, but this is nothin' compared to the saline filled tube. A walk in the park, really.
The pressure from the tube did cause GH's nose to bruise fairly severely on the right side. Looks like he got punched in the face on the playground. So the discomfort is not entirely gone, but it is much lessened.
To celebrate, GH announced, "I am going to go home and sleep on my face all afternoon."
Now there's a glimpse of the guy who has been missing for the past three days. His return was not as immediate or complete as I had hoped, but he did reach out and hold my hand in the car, and he did give the babies an unsolicited pat, so I can see that he's in there, emerging slowly, and that's enough for me today.