Update Five (5) weeks out and the arm still feels like a dead piece of meat hanging from my shoulder. Turned out things were worse than ecpected oce inside. Repaired the rotator with 4 anchors. Bicep tendon that attached to humeral head had to be cut, debrid', and reattched to upper arm (humerus) with a screw. Labrum was a slap tear in the front deltoid area. Started therapy 2 weeks after surgery (3 weeks total with this week). Hit a milestone this week, with finally being able am able to move my arm enough from my side to wash my armpit.
Something weird though - I can do certain movements pain free with an average ROM and others no way in hell, even if my life depended on it. At this point pain is slim to moderate while resting. To all those who gave advice, you were spot on what to expect and YES, this is going to be a long recovery unlike the decompression with the other shoulder.
Only concern I have at this point is: Third night after surgery, had a nightmare and woke up throwing punches and elbows (was sleeping with just a sling, was not given the full arm immobilizer). Needless to say, the wife was awakened to blood curddling screams. The pain was the most intense I've ever experienced. The wife proceeded to wrap me up like a two year old with ace wraps to keep it close to the body. Next morning, office visit with doc, got the immobilzer and said we'll have to wait and see if anything tore - next visit 10-20. Upper bicep has drooped a little bit but thinks thats normal due to the re-attachment and hasn't completely rolled downward. Lots of pain on tip of shoulder and through mid bicep from elbow joint to top of arm near incision site on inner upper arm. Will post next week after doc visit. Any input on what to expect, as I begin the push to get ROM back, would be greatly appreciated.