Actually, yesterday was Day 1, but since I don't remember anything after about noon, I don't have much to report. Soulmate & I got to the Surgical Center at 11:00, and a flurry of activity ensued: I got to put on one those swell backless gowns (sans boxers), nurse Kari stuck me with an IV, and Marilyn shaved my armpit & shoulder (there's a new one, even for a bike racer!).
My Pastors came to pray for a successful surgery & rapid recovery just before I got shipped off to the "block room". Before I forget, I want take a minute to thank all of you who extended prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes to me. I feel so blessed to have so many friends around.
Dr. J (the anesthesiologist, not the basketball player who's about twice as tall) gave me some IV Versed & Fentanyl and I began to fade to black. He then shot my shoulder full of Marcaine, a very long acting Novocaine (the feeling is only just coming back now, 24 hours later). I woke up just before they took me into the O.R. for surgery, where Kevin, my anesthetist and good buddy, promptly shot some more good stuff into my IV, and I slid off to Dreamland.
Surgery consisted of: arthroscopic repair of a complete tear of the supraspinatus muscle with dissolvable bone anchors (4 screws that will dissolve in a year or two), acromioplasty, debridement of the intra-articular stump of my biceps long head tendon, and open (as in a 3" long incision) tenodesis of my biceps long head, where Bones stapled the torn tendon to the humerus bone near where the biceps short head attaches.
I discovered afterwards that Doc is a cheap high: I was out of surgery by 3:30 or so, but didn't wake up sufficiently to be discharged home until 10 pm. Then I slept all night long in 2 hour intervals so Soulmate--the world's greatest Florence Nightingale--could change the ice water in my high-tech Cryo-Cuff ice pack.
It took most of the morning to get dressed, washed, shaved, and fed, and since then I've been blogging and answering emails one-handed. Now it's nap time.
Tomorrow: graphic photos of the event!