i am typing one-handed. my left arm is now in a sling. the most sophisticated of slings i have ever seen. a veritable rolls-royce of slings. it is like motorcycle jacket, armoured and padded and fitted with accessories. so complicated we needed a training session to learn how to drive it. it is designed to keep my shoulder in a particular position. the padding holds my arm out away from my body. for the shoulder to heal i must keep my upper arm as immobile as possible for the next few weeks while exercising the other parts of the arm so the muscles do not atrophy. i must carry out some regular physiotherapy tasks which at this stage are mainly not for the shoulder but for the other parts of the arm. right now i can use my left arm much less than i could before, so i am learning even more about what it means to be disabled. i have to invent new workarounds. i have a very comprehensive pain management drug routine, and i already love these pills. the next 6 days will be very interesting.
i had the operation on thursday, as planned, but it turned out i had to stay in hospital overnight. i was so lucky that Michelle was happy to stay with her family nearby and come to pick me up this morning. i cannot express how much i appreciate it.