First, let me thank you all again for all your words of encouragement and support. It really means a lot to me.
I had my first follow up this morning, spent an hour and half in the Dr’s office. First the good news, He does not think I did any damage the other night when I rolled over on the shoulder or when I got my hand tangled in the dog’s leash as it leapt from the van. I was pretty nervous that I had messed things up and would have to go through this all over again.
Second, I can return to my day job on the 18th. Provided that I limit my activities to working on the computer. That takes a lot of stress off; I couldn’t afford to take the 40% pay cut of our short term disability for very long.
Now for the bad news. Although I didn’t undo the surgical repairs, I did irritate the situation. That means I just bought myself another 2 weeks in the sling. He also informed me that I can’t go back to the wood shop until at least August. He doesn’t want me lifting or putting stress on the joint until the bursa reestablishes itself (He basically removed it in order to get at the cartilage and the bone spurs.) He wants that cushion in there in case there is any jarring on the shoulder. He said it would not necessarily do any damage itself but it would be incredibly painful and might lead to another type of injury. So, long story short, I’m out of the summer competition. But I am really looking forward to seeing everyone’s work.
-- Greg - Charles Town, WV