Ahahahahaha sorry if anyone is tired of these. I figure people can't get mad if I only update once every few months, but even I am sick of myself saying "Ow my shoulder hurts."
So the situation is, as my Dr. said I would, I returned to my 'usual' activities within the first six weeks. These included driving (one handed), putting on my own pants (so long as they are loose enough to put on one handed), eating with a fork (score!) and finally sleeping in a bed again. Things that are literally impossible are things like putting on a bra (can't move my hand back past my hip bent or straight), lifting anything heavier than my phone, moving my hand outside of my vision etc.
See, the Dr. had told me how long it would take to recover from surgery itself, not how long for my shoulder to recover from what is essentially new trauma. My physical therapist was MUCH more honest recently and told me I wouldn't see major improvements with using my arm until 3 to 6 months and complete recovery could take up to a year. I'm not going to try to put a brave face on this, I'll say that it still hurts, all of the time. Like 5-6 on a pain scale. My fingers go numb if I draw too long and I've had to make the decision to take another semester off of the art classes. I want to get better, I *need* to get better and it is happening, just at a slow slow rate. Apparently, I'm actually improving ahead of schedule, it just doesn't feel like it.
Otherwise, apart from a few off days where I cling to my ice machine and ibuprofen, I've still managed to have a pretty full/fun summer. I am blessed to have wonderful and supportive friends and family, both in the real world and online. You guys rock, thank you