Enjoying a second cup of Java and simultaneously avoiding wrapping up in my down coat and boots to go out and load the now near empty wood boiler. With single digit temperatures, there are only embers left in the morning. The warmth from the pellet stove makes it even more difficult to move my comfortable ass.
Plan for today, aside from housekeeping tasks, is to make my first attempt at snowshoeing since my shoulder injury and two subsequent surgeries. Getting the snowshoes on will be the only challenge and not using them. The Wolverine Nordic Ski and Snowshoe area, just a few miles from Rauhallinen Farm, is a challenging and beautiful destination in the heart of the Gogebic Mountain Range.
My last visit to Mayo Clinic about a month ago, involved taking a fluid sample via an ultrasound guided needle, to ascertain whether or not I had a deep bone infection from the initial humeral implant. The labs looked OK so I am scheduling the reverse full shoulder arthroplasy for April, as I have to be able to operate the snowblower this winter. The reverse procedure has been used in Europe for some time, but was more recently approved by the FDA as a procedure for use when traditional replacement has failed. The two implants are reversed, such that there is a cup where the humeral ball normally is and a ball on top where the cup normally is. This change requires the use of the deltoid muscule group instead of the rotator cuff (which was destroyed in my fall). Dr. Sanchez will also use some cadaver parts to fashion a rotator cuff, so I will be frankensteined a bit. Getting more than my current 30 degree lift with my arm (belt high) will be much appreciated.
Off to fill the woodboiler, get dressed, and head to the hills with the HolgAngulon.