I posted this on my Facebook page on July 12:
Saturday night after work, I was riding my bike around the lake, as I do most nights, when two geese darted across the path right in front of me. I hit one head on. I flew over the handlebars of my bike. (The bike went one way, I another.) I landed on my left shoulder on the path and rolled. Thanks to the guy (I never caught his name) who helped me up and drove me and my bike to the ER. Thanks to the doctor, nurses, and radiologists at Winona Health for their professionalism and concern. I have a separated shoulder - basically, the clavicle has come apart from the shoulder joint. It's pretty painful. Next stop: orthopedics.
And this update on July 14:
Health care update: visited the orthopedic department today. The shoulder separation, technically an acromioclavicular joint separation, is fairly severe, maybe a grade 5. This is a bit more (i.e., worse) than I first suspected. Also, my elbow and wrist on that side (my left) have been sore as well. I think when I was in the ER, my shoulder pain was so severe that I didn't notice those. X-Rays showed a slight fracture in the elbow bone. I broke that elbow when I was seven years old. (I broke the other elbow about ten years ago. I seem to have a pattern.) It looks like a long recovery process. It's proving difficult to move books around, so things in the store will happen very slowly for awhile.
As of today, July 29, things are improving, but still with a long way to go. I can use my arm a bit, though not able to lift or carry anything, which severely limits what I can get done in the store. I'm still wearing a sling, but I'm slowly weaning off that (moreso at home than at the store or in public).