Thanks for the thoughts! As somebody who already loved the gym, I'm trying to learn other things from this experience. The ability to relax and go slow, to sit and reflect, and to be more self aware.
As much as this sucks.... I do think it can be a tool for personal transformation in a lot of ways, if we see it that way.
As you have already experienced, you will learn new degrees of patience. I've had the experience of having a young girl working on the rack next to me that was squatting more than me and she didn't know why. I just sucked it up and did my thing though I wanted to say "yeah, I ripped the largest muscle in my body off of the bone and had it reattached". I recommend a sense of defiance. I AM NOT GOING TO LET THIS MAKE ME A LETHARGIC OLD MAN WITH A BAD LEG(S)! It does get old after a year and still rehabbing it. The good news is that other than a difference in strength in the gym life is normal. As far as real world limitations there are none. I'll bore everyone in a week or so with the one year update soon.