I guess I am about as old as Katie, in dog years.
While part of a large throng of folks watching grizz devour an elk in Yellowstone in September 2020, I slipped in unconsolidated gravel and came down on elbow, which transferred force to shoulder, which at the same time was receiving body weight from above.
Only moderate discomfort. I ignored it until the whole shoulder collapsed whilst swimming this past summer, leaving me one flipper to get back to dryland.
MRI showed massive damage, and surgeon picked up more while operating a week ago.
Lost the long head of the biceps tendon completely. Largish rotator cuff tear. And mucho long-term cartilage loss (probably both shoulders), for which I'll be receiving injections and anti-inflammatory meds rather than shoulder replacement.
In the wink of an eye, or less, prospects changed.
Stationary bicycling will be allowed during convalescence, so I plan to hit the exercise room and develop thighs like the Rock's.
Maybe try some one-armed swimming. Tough to give up a whole summer of plying Lake Michigan's inviting waves. 9 months to overhead anything.
offer cheerful instruction in getting on with what one can do!