The results of the MRI were no surprise, and my options were clear. A very competent doctor will be soon be poking around inside my shoulder to repair some damage. It's been hurting since January and I couldn't put up with it any longer. Even the arm motion during jogging is difficult. Surprisingly, guiding material through the presser foot can sometimes hurt. This has been very distracting for me, causing the lack of substantial posting, for which I apologize.
My current focus is on getting a few secondhand oversize button-front shirts, making sure I have a variety of reading materials, and preparing single serve meals that can be microwaved. The last package of frozen pumpkin from 2009 is slated to become a nice pumpkin bread for my recovery treat and I've just prepared a batch of granola, which is my go-to snack. There are a few frozen containers of satisfying and healthy curried red lentil soup, along with some packs of quinoa or wild rice which can be mixed with frozen veggies for an easy lunch. The goal is to be able to survive without using pots, pans or extra dishes. It's a mini lesson in survival, except that I will be able to use electricity and I can use money to purchase what I need to survive. (Wendy - I now have a better understanding of the dilemma of doing without those options, and a broader sense of what it means to be self-sufficient. My constant thought was "What if money had no value, the stores had folded, electric power was non-existent?" How would I do this, then?)
I'm trying not to think of the immediate pain from the operation, but of the freedom of movement gained once the healing is done. Countdown to renewal, 2 weeks, 1 day.