As an aside, everyone I've spoken to has had the same reaction - an empty cup or a full cup? Damned if I know - it never occurred to me to ask. I'm assuming she meant a full cup - otherwise isn't that a bit of a tease?
Her comment was "you're going to go home, throw off the sling, and it's going to be great. And at about 2:00 you're going to be looking for it." So I imagine it's going to get tired quick, hence the weaning off. I'm allowed to move it as much as I want in any direction that I want. So I came home, took off my sling, and tried to lift my arm.
Notice that word - "tried."
I couldn't lift my arm more than a little. It was too heavy. Six weeks, and that muscle is apparently gone. It's beyond weird. The brain sends a command, I can feel the arm try, but it's like pushing on a wall. I also have to admit that I'm afraid to strain too much. I expect that just moving around will help restore some of that, but she was very clear that there can be NO strengthening exercises yet.
I'm very excited. Not only can I now type with two hands, but there's a good chance I'll get a better night's sleep tonight. I'm very hopeful.
My boss is very sad - I broke it to her that I'm out for at least another four weeks.