I met with Dr. Pearl today for a presurgery appointment (surgery tomorrow; wish me luck!). He was very friendly and personable, listened to what I said, addressed my concerns and seems very confident about the procedure tomorrow. It was so nice to FINALLY get to talk to a doctor who knows what he is talking about and didn't talk down to me as a patient.
He is very optimistic about recovery time and return to full use of the affected side of the body. Naturally, we will know more after the surgery actually happens, since a lot depends on what they actually find once they open me up, but the plan currently is to remove the cervie rib, the first rib and at least the anterior scalene (right side).
And, when my sister (a big Cardinals fan) hinted that she wondered how Carpenter was doing, he said that Chris is doing great and he expects he'll be pitching wonderfully again after recovery.
I will keep you guys posted on how I feel about him post-op! LOL.