Yesterday I saw the orthopedist. Until now I've only seen his P.A., since my surgery was done in Arizona. It was more a discussion than an examination, though he did check my range of motion and arm strength in various directions.
I may have mentioned before that there is a procedure where they put you under anesthesia and manipulate the joint, basically forcing it to full extension to stretch the shoulder capsule, which is what's limiting range of motion. (Adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as "frozen shoulder.") It's very painful and requires a lot of physical therapy afterwards for several months to preserve the new range of motion. I would gladly submit to it. However it turns out that this procedure carries a risk of fracture, so they will not do it until nine months after the accident and surgery, to give the bone time to heal completely. Thus, at six months out, I cannot have it now.
The good news is that I am regaining strength in the arm with the recently-added resistance work, and the orthopedist said that at this point using the arm is good for it. He gave me enthusiastic permission to schedule my kayaking trip to Maui in late February and my hiking trip to Arizona in late April. I have booked my flights to and hotel in Maui for late February and into March, and as soon as I can get through to the guiding company I like I will book my kayak outings. And once I know what days I'll be taking off from kayaking I'll book a rappeling outing and a zip-line outing. After rappeling on my last trip there I swore I'd never do it again because it was the most terrifying thing I'd ever done. More so than my scariest hike, more so than sky-diving. And now, damnit, I have to do it again.
I'll also be booking my late-April, early May hiking trip to Arizona as soon as my guide there gets back to me. He sometimes takes multi-day canyoneering trips, sp it can take a few days to reach him.
So I'll be working harder than ever now on my physical therapy exercises to prepare for these trips. March is still whale season in Maui, and there's nothing like seeing whales from a kayak. I still want to see one breach so close that I get splashed.