I can't even describe the elation I feel right now.
I received my replacement battery, but the phone was still not working. In fact, I got a "blue screen of death," at one point.
I hauled ass to the Apple store at the mall, and politely asked if they had a way to transfer my photos I (thought) I hadn't backed up. No dice. However, the awesome guy I explained my situation to (I was 100% honest - it fell in the toilet, we opened it up, etc), talked to his manager and they offered me a Genius Bar swap.
A brand new iPhone 4, for just $149. (Retail price of a 16GB 4S is currently $649. Retail for an 8GB 4 is $549 through Verizon).
I did have to surrender my phone, and in doing so, accepted that I probably lost a few of the recent Austin videos.
However, when I got home, I plugged my new iPhone into my iTunes, selected to do a restore from my backup of my prior phone (not knowing what exactly would happen) and suddenly, all my apps, all my photos, videos, even text messages, were on the new phone exactly as I had left my old phone.
I guess in the few minutes I managed to connect my phone to my computer earlier today, a backup occurred and saved everything. I am incredibly, incredibly lucky and thankful for this backup feature (the photos - I did not know that iTunes backed up your photos, too), and also, to the two dudes at Apple who made my night by saving me $500 on a new phone.
Happy Freakin Dance!