Thankfully, he didn't seem oblivious to the real lay of the land. "You'll go ahead and do what you want, so do what you need to do" was the way he put it. That's pretty much exactly what I'll do-- I'll probably go to the office for a bit in the mornings when convenient, but I need out.
I still have the work-knot in my stomach, but it's not quite as bad. There's gotta be rest out there somewhere.