Man! When you depend on two hands to operate your life,the amount of ingenuity and forethought it takes to get through the day is substantial. Having had total shoulder replacement surgery a bit more than a week ago, and feeling like I'd been run over by a train for the first 4 days afterward, I'm pleased to say that not only am I typing this, but I'm probably going to paint today.
It's my left shoulder, and as I'm right-handed, of course things are far easier than otherwise. I can use the lower portion of my left arm and my hand moderately. My husband is secretly thrilled that I can now wash dishes again!
One thing I need to do: Spend more time thinking. I've fallen into the trap of "keeping busy" like most people do during convalescence. T.V., books on tape, radio, cross word puzzles, you name it. All, let me tell you, are getting way, way old. It is time to pick up the notepad and pen, turn off the electronics, and do some planning for 2015.