Well folks just thought I would report in. It has been three weeks since my last ride, except for the trip down the driveway and back on my slick equipped mtb that the Mrs. didn't know about. I won't do that again.
I had hoped to be riding again by August but this surgery has been tough. My rotator cuff had what I have heard the therapist describe as a "traumatic tear". It had actually cut/torn through about a 2 inch section of the cuff due to a large bone spur in the shoulDer (caused by a jillion baseball pitches, I'm told). I'm still keepiing my arm in a sling most of the time. I have been able to go to the office for four or five hours each day. There is still a lot of pain, and I have only had one complete night's sleep since the surgery. But it gets a little better each day.
I go to rehab 3 days a week. Yesterday I was able to lift my arm above my head with (almost) no help. I can use the hand a little (such as typing here), by keeping it near waist level. I had the legs cut off my computer table so I could use it.
I'm still several weeks away from beginning strengthening exercises. I probably won't ride again till the weather is cool, except for a stationary bike. It won't get cool in Texas for a while. I tried a borrowed trainer, but it just won't work until the healing is further along. One wrong move or shift in weight or inadvertent extension of the arm and it felt as though someone was driving a spike in my shoulder.
So for now I'll just keep checking BF and looking at the bikes all lined up in their place in the garage. I'll buy a few bike parts on E-bay (found some new 7-speed Shiman barcons and an antique Brooks saddle bag) and pick out some new tires and jerseys from Nashbar. Last night I watched the movies Breaking Away and American Flyer, BOTH in one night.
".......its minor surgery when they do it to SOMEONE ELSE"