On Tuesday I had a shoulder scan, which confirmed its poor state, and then saw my surgeon, Marion Bertrand. She pointed out on the scan that there is a arge growth of bone, caused by the arthritis, which she will have to cut away before doing the replacement. She confirmed that this would be a prothèse inversée (reverse shoulder replacement). She also broke the news that this would be done under local aenesthetic! Unpleasant, she added, but not painful. I’m slightly horrified as I imagine the sound effects could be awful, but there is no doubt that there are fewer risks and complications afterwards.
I have chosen the Centre Maguelone for réeducation, as Mme Bertrand says she thinks the physio there is currently the best. And now I have a mountain of paperwork to get through, not least dealing with my troublesome mutuelle (the insurance that pays for my bedroom and other ‘hotel’ costs) as well as a return visit to Montpellier for a meeting with the anaesthetist.
I’m also going to try practising dictating into my iphone to see if the speech to text software really works, as I suspect that left-hand typing is beyond someone as right-handed as I am.