Jake wants to thank everyone for their well wishes.
We had him back to the vet's on Friday. His Lyme disease results were negative and his shoulder showed signs of some improvement. The vet thought he should be feeling a bit better, so she gave us a different anti inflammatory and an additional painkiller (that should sorta knock him out). I think the anti inflammatory is working, as he doesn't seem to be in as much pain, but he's still very easily stressed. He's simply gotten very easily stressed in his old age. He shakes and pants and the stress is very stressful to be around.
So he's very needy, which means I have a 48 lb appendage attatched to me. He goes where I go and sits on or as near me as he can. This has cut into my hobby time considerably. I can't sew at all and even knitting is a bit of a challenge. He's definitely improving and I'm hoping today I can get some stuff done... including the second sleeve for the angora sweater.