Good bone news
VERY good news: we visited the specialist today, and it turns out that my shoulder was already back in position, and the broken bone was actually more like a greenstick fracture.
The Lady says that the doctor at the ER was not a native speaker of English (some sort of Eastern European accent?) -- which I hadn't noticed, as I was otherwise preoccupied. So when he told us that "the end of my collarbone had broken off", he was incorrect.
So, no surgery necessary (good; surgery always carries risks, e.g. infection). However, it turns out that I will always have a lump on my shoulder. I had resigned myself to a scar, but not to the permanent bone lump and asymmetry that I'll have -- but the doctor said that I'd have the lump regardless of whether I had surgery (with a metal plate) or not. So it took me a while to adjust to that shift in my body image and body structure.
Anyhow: no surgery -- which is good, because it's less intrusive (risky), and less costly, and (presumably) a faster recovery time.
Also, it turns out that I could've gone back to work this week, after all.
So, back to work on Monday.
Despite my injury, it was kind of nice having a week away. I was bored all to heck -- but I took a lot of naps.