Hey Heather !!
I really hope that they can do the surgeries at same time. Indeed it would be easier for you. Your doc seems to be a nice careing person though and that's not easy to find. I have started up a lot of new things here also.
I'm going in now for a longer period of phys and take some time off from work instead. I feel for myself I have to try a last time to see if I can come up on crutches at least on my right leg, the better one.
I'm also trying to be more independent cause I'm tired of using assistents all day long. So one step at a time.
I let you know more when time goes by. My pain is how it is and nothing to do about it. I think this descision from me is from my always coming every year this time spring feelings.
Please tell us how your shoulder answer is when it comes.