I think that's the sensation of me breathing again
Meeting with the committee today - grueling as fuck, but with a happy ending! So the committee has had The Document for about 3 weeks now and we all sat down today to discuss what they thought of the thing. After going around the room for an hour listing things that I could improve or call more attention to or simply asking for clarification, they asked me to leave the room for about 15 minutes, then called me back in to declare that yes, I have completed enough work, and I should push ahead with the public defense and graduation! Huzzah!
It took a while for this to sink in. It's still sinking in. This is actually going to happen - I really am going to complete this degree.