| Well that sounds a lot less distressing than what you thought originally! This is good to hear. I cannot imagine being unable to skate anytime that I want to. Keep yourself nourished well and you will be rolling before you know what happened.
Oh, you could start your arm exercises by curling your skates while you watch some TV. Just sitting there and alternating left to right. Work one arm till you feel the burning and then switch...repeat until the movie is over or till you cannot do it anymore. You can build some serious muscle tone in 6 months if you want to. Go for low weight and high reps.