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Well, a week from right now I’ll be on the operating table getting my rotator cuff repaired. That’ll be the easy part. The hard part will be the following days and weeks of recovery.

You know how sometimes an event — a meeting or vacation — is on the calendar WAY in advance, and then it sneaks up on you and you’re not prepared? That’s me. I’m Ms. Super Organized, Anal Retentive, Obsessive Planner, yet here it is a week before surgery and I have NOTHING done.  By now my freezer should be stocked with easily accessible one-handed foods, my hair dryer stand assembled, my baby laptop updated and charged, etc. etc. etc.

Nada. Nothing. Zip.

The one thing that has changed is that now I’m mentally prepared for the surgery. Recent adventures in travels and housecleaning have me convinced that I’ve caused some additional damage to the shoulder because it’s much more painful than it was even a couple of weeks ago.  Up until now, it hurt, but it wasn’t the gut wrenching agony that makes you want to run, not walk, to the surgical center. My head knew that my shoulder needed to be fixed — hey I saw the MRI pictures — but my cowardly heart kept asking me if I was sure I really needed to do this now. The answer now is, yes. It is definitely time to take action.

And I darn well better take action, because I’m quickly running out of runway to get things done.

I go for my pre-op labs today and take my final Enbrel shot this evening — unless they tell me to skip this injection. I’ve already stopped the Celebrex and have given up alcohol. I only have to give up drinking three days in advance, but after my recent trip to New York, I decided to give my poor liver a break.

This weekend the hair gets cut short so I can do it one-handed with my left hand, and hopefully I’ll get some shopping and cooking done in preparation for the surgery. Then it’s two days in the office, then surgery. It’ll be here before I know it.

In other news, the doppler radar on my legs came back normal, so my PCP doesn’t have a clue what’s causing the swelling. He is suggesting it’s one or more of my RA drugs and has asked me to discuss with my rheumy, who I see Monday morning. I saw my retina guy yesterday and everything looks good for another year there unless something changes. So we’re making progress.

In the meantime, I’ve got umpteen deadlines at work to get through and funeral to go to for my friend.

I hope you make progress in your day as well. Thanks for checking in.