A handsome and kind-hearted person as you will ever meet. He has an intense curiosity about the relationship between things in the natural world and is always ready to learn...I hope he never loses that inquisitiveness.
Back home from Mayo Clinic. Truly the Emerald City of healthcare. After an Xray and then two hours of being needle prodded and shocked from the wrist to the neck, I met with 5 doctors (and at least three more residents) for the grande finale. One of the docs specialized soley in the Brachial Plexus muscle and nerve group, which is where my damage was done by the humeral head when fractured off and sent through the bicep. Their opinion is that I am slowly regenerating the axillary nerve and would not benefit from the nerve grafting surgery. They want to see me for another EMG in four months to see if by then I am ready enough for the reverse full shoulder replacement (which will involve unscrewing the current artificial humeral head and replacing that with an artificial glenoid. Then putting a new articial humeral head where the glenoid is-thus reversing the structure of the shoulder, which bypasses the rotator cuff which is so destroyed. I will elect to have Mayo do this instead of going locally, although I have been very pleased with my local ortho provider.
Aside from the incredible professional care, the other nice thing about being at Mayo is exposure to a multinational and diverse culture, from providers to patients from every country. Living in the Northwoods, I do not get the multicultural exposure that is possible in more urban areas.
The ride home was equally spectacular and I kicked myself in the ass many times for not bringing a camera (or four for that matter). Google Maps routed me a slightly different rural route that spent more time in the Minnesota and Wisconsin Mississippi River valley. Pristine bluffs and beautiful farms that have been kept equally as stellar. Next trip down I will plan on a few more hours for stopping and snapping...