That's good news, but it's not likely I'll be called back to work within those limitations; they really need me able to work an 8-hour stretch (or 12-hour shifts on weekends) to get me back onto the schedule. So I'll probably remain off work until those limitations are removed. Next appointment is in mid-April, when they'll evaluate again.
This is assuming I get back to that job at all. I spoke to the head of the Security department, my boss, a few weeks ago. He was of the opinion that if I wasn't able to recover 100% of my arm's strength and range of motion, he couldn't see authorizing my return to work.
I'm not in agreement with that. Right now, every individual task that I routinely did at work before is something I feel I could do now (although some things, like locking and unlocking deadbolts located high up on doors, I'd have to do left-handed). It's more an issue of stamina and pain levels.
On an aural-simile pain-scale, my default level of discomfort is currently like having a mosquito whining around your head; bothersome but ignorable. If I use the arm much for a few hours, you get past discomfort into actual pain; then it's like fingernails scraping across a chalkboard. (That's where that 2-hour limitation comes in.) If I try and push myself further, you get into some pretty harsh pain territory, like working next to a woodchipper without earplugs. At that point, you cannot think straight; that pain is a wet blanket over your brain, and you're not much use in either a domestic or workplace setting. And the further I push myself, the longer it takes to recover.
THE ARTHURS AURAL-SIMILE PAIN SCALE
But I am improving, getting able to use the arm more and for longer periods. (The process is just a lot slower than I wanted, or expected.) So I feel that even if I don't recover the full range of motion for my right arm (and it looks like 85% is about the best I can hope for, barring having the surgery re-done), I'll still be able to perform everything I need to do at work. I'm hoping my boss' attitude will turn out to have a flexible range of motion itself. My intention has always been to stay in that job until I'm eligible for my full Social Security in about another six years.
mosquito: US Department oif Agriculture (via Wikimedia Commons)
fingernails on chalkboard: from tvtropes.org
woodchipper: from the movie Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil