Suggestions for help after surgery?
Sorry I've been away so long.
Wish I could write more like I used to. It was so satisfying to share with you vignettes of NYC life and beyond. I don't get as much time to play as I used to, which is ridiculous, but I am glad to still have a job and health insurance in this economy. I proofread, summarize, and write all day long, sitting at my keyboard. This posture has aggravated a bone spur in my shoulder that was harmless enough for ten years, but is now digging into the tendon of one of the muscles in my right rotator cuff.
So I'm going to have surgery on August 18 to remove the bone spur. I hope that's all they have to do. If the tendon is damaged they'll have to sew that up or even reattach it to the bone, which will mean a recovery time of around six months! I should be good to go back to work in two weeks if the tendon is OK.
I'm still single, and living with a roommate. Can't count on my tiny family for much. So I've reached out to friends, and several are scheduled to visit on specific days after the surgery. I won't be able to lift my right arm for a week so I'm going to have to place everything I need at counter height in advance.
My friends will be doing grocery shopping for me, carrying laundry to the laundromat, and keeping me company. They want to know what else they can do for me. I'm not sure what to ask! I've never had general anesthesia before so am not sure what my recovery will be like; I have one friend scheduled to escort me home in a cab after they release me from the recovery room at the ambulatory surgery center.
What experiences have you had with surgery recovery that made you realize what kind of favors/care you would like from friends afterwards?