I set it under the tree for a few days, but in the end, I couldn’t hold off on opening the package I received from my Secret Santa in the Book Bloggers’ Holiday Swap! Santa checked my list and chose one of the books on it to send me, along with a some Christmas-themed decor (if I don’t use the cookie cutter for its intended purpose, it could always be an ornament).
Last Wednesday, I received what I think I wanted most for Christmas this year – a right shoulder freed from a sling! I returned to my orthopedist that day for a follow-up appointment – exactly four weeks after he re-located my shoulder and had me start wearing the sling for 20-plus hours per day – and he told me I no longer needed to wear it unless I wanted to. Guess what I chose?
However, it’s a gift with conditions, and the Ultrasling and I will be having a reunion next month.
We also talked about my MRI results at that appointment. They showed three injuries to the shoulder, including a tear in the rotator cuff; fixing that means surgery. It’s arthroscopic, outpatient surgery, but surgery nonetheless, and it’ll be followed by another six weeks in the sling, a couple of months of physical therapy, and a full recovery period of six months to a year. We’ve tentatively scheduled the procedure for January 21, 2011 – a Friday, so I can start recuperating over the weekend, but I should probably take a few days off work the next week for that too, huh? (A few Facebook friends reminded me of the compensation of some good reading time…)
But if all goes well, I’ll be long out of the sling and recovering nicely by late May, when I’ll be traveling back to New York City for my first trek to Book Expo America and attending the second annual Book Blogger Convention! Speaking of which…
I received a gift (of sorts) from the BBCon organizers shortly before Thanksgiving, but I’ve had to keep it to myself until the official announcements were made last week. Check out their website if you missed them, but I’ll share just one:
I have been invited to moderate the workshop on Blogging for a Niche Market. The organizers have assembled a panel of bloggers from nearly every book-blogging niche you can think of for this session: