Well, 22 hours from now I’ll be uncomfortably ensconced on a ubiquitous gurney, hopefully with happy juice starting to pour through my veins. Actually, since I have to show up at the surgical center at 6:00 am, I might even be in the OR by now. Just depends on how long it takes them to get me checked in and prepped. Last time it took them over 30 minutes of poking before they found a vein for the IV.

I’m hoping that everything goes well, that they can accomplish everything with the scope and that I don’t have to have an incision and that I don’t have to spend the night. But mostly I’m hopeful that I come out better on the other side of this surgery than I am today and all the pain and rehab will be worth it. I have to admit that, unlike my hip replacement, I am not looking forward to this surgery. Logically I know that it’s better to get it done now while the tear is still small and can be managed arthroscopically rather than to wait until I am in severe pain and the surgery is more complicated. That doesn’t make me like it any better.

I’m just ready to be on the other side of this. And honestly, I am looking forward to a week and a half of no office, no commute, just taking care of me for a change. I’ve downloaded several new books to the Kindle, lined up all my old movies that I haven’t seen in a while, and stocked my fridge with low-calorie, one-handed foods. The goal is to expand my mind while shrinking my waistline — all while healing my shoulder. Who says I can’t multitask?

I will post again when I can, but I make no promises on the typing skill. We’ll see.

Thanks to everyone for their good thoughts and warm wishes. And thanks for checking in.