@basslakebabe, First of all, you will have lots of cheerleaders here at Connect. And I would be willing to bet you will get support from others, I especially liked the support that meant No Cooking. Let me introduce @johnbishop, he just had a knee replacement. He shared his experience with us and the members here checked in frequently to let him know we were following his recovery progress.
One good thing……I learned to use my left hand well, even for writing. Quite ambidextrous actually. So there just may be a prize at the end of a surgical journey in addition to the big one……PAIN FREE!
Word of caution, it is illegal to drive with a sling, at least in CA. You may want to check with your surgeon. BTW, there is a Basslake in CA. Would that be yours? Be happy today. Chris