The lucky part being there was no break.
Had I been playing this game of kickball with adults my own age rather than a bunch of 9-year-olds, I probably wouldn’t have felt compelled to dive for the catch. But these kids are in their formative years; if you can get to the ball, you get to it, even if that requires a dive that lands on your shoulder.
It’s been almost three weeks now, and there’s still some tenderness in the shoulder that gives me pause when attempting certain movements. My hope is that I’m nearing 100% inside the 6-week outside estimate of the standard recovery time for a separated shoulder.