Well, your correspondent has been in and out of the hospital and is slowly, slowly returning to something like normal life, thanks to the aid of a kind and patient spouse and the skilled ministrations of the blessed corps of physical therapists. The bone surgeons and their assorted Merry Carpenters did not have to do the whole shoulder, deciding instead on a ‘hemi-arthroplasty’ or partial reconstruction of the joint. Muscles atrophy and tendons freeze while the arm is in a sling to assist in soft tissue healing, so it will be a while before full range of motion is restored. Many thanks to all who have inquired and sent expressions of concern. Orthopedic surgeons are very skilled, but I couldn’t help wondering about how all this will sound in fifty years time; about like battlefield surgery in the Civil War is my guess. In the future, it will probably be possible and easy to regrow tissue or even whole organs and the days of operating with knives, saws, drill and hammers will sound like something from the dungeons of the Inquisition.