long morning: car picked me up at 6:15 to bring me to the hospital for my INR check (I would love for lady friend to drive me, as we could chat - but @babyparasite makes her tired by the morning, so I rather let her sleep), then from there i got another car to go to physical therapy. I’ve been getting to know the drivers, which has been a bit fun. the stories of how these men (all men) have become drivers, what they used to do, are they happy, has been a lot of fun to talk about. my driver from the hospital to physical therapy used to be a professional soccer player in brazil until he too torn his meniscus. he plays recreationally now, so, that gives me hope. they put me on a stationary bike at therapy this morning, and i was able to (slowly) move my leg through the entire circle! my fancy schmancy crutches slightly broke - not in a way that I can’t use them - and I emailed the company. they called me, apologized, and are FedEx-ing another pair to me to arrive tomorrow. I was amazed by the service. work was good - enjoyed my meetings. and, on the way home, I found out my INR=2.7, so NO MORE INJECTIONS! seeing the surgeon on Friday, and we’ll see what he says.
today was weirdly a full, yet uneventful, day. i’m feeling really tried these days. lady friend was hoping to be able to drive me to work this morning, but @babyparasite had a rough evening, so she was exhausted in the morning. i called an Über to help get me in, as i was just too tired to make it in via BART. office was fine - I’m playing the role of virtual @chfry while he’s in vacation, so i’ll do my best to raise some hell. then another Über ride to come home. lady friend and i went to see “Before Midnight” - we are such fans of “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”. we really enjoyed it. i feel sorry for lady friend - she really wants to celebrate getting her grant in, and to enjoy having the night free (as there was a sitter for @babyparasite) - but, I’m both in a bit of pain, and can be a pain in my state. i need to make it up to her one day. the one piece of news: my surgeon moved my appointment up a week, and I’m seeing him this Friday. sadly, i doubt he’ll let me take my brace and crutches off (everything i read said 4-6 weeks, and this will only be 4). so, I’m not sure what state that will leave me in.
got into the city by 7:30am for my INR blood draw. then headed over to the office. i hosted an offsite for my direct reports today — it was actually originally scheduled for a few weeks ago, the day after i got diagnosed with a DVT. but, since i was so exhausted from being in the hospital, and from all the drugs, we cancelled it then and rescheduled it for today. we all piled into a bus, and got up to the Lodge at Tiburon (maybe next time we’ll take the ferry over). the morning was spent doing an SDI assessment of my team and having a conversation about it. i was really happy with the level of conversation and discourse we had around it. then, for the afternoon, we created a course curriculum for a lecture series that me and my directs are going to be teaching to all the managers on platform engineering. an, i also had people play with my crutches. i also got my blood results back, and my INR=2.4! if it stays above 2.0 for the next 48 hours (doing another blood test on wednesday), then i can stop giving myself shots of enoxaparin. 11 days, tomorrow, until i see the surgeon again. knock on wood.
weekends are a bit of a weird thing for me, because of this brace. normally i want the weekends to relax and to mentally take a break — but, because of my knee brace, i find myself in the awkward position of wanting them to move quickly. i got a lot “done” today: i managed to get my rover near my mün base β, i watched both Margin Call and Iron Man 3, and i got some writing done that i’ve been procrastinating. aside from that, lady friend is in the last throws of trying to get her grant proposal done — so, i’m doing my best to be supportive, but also not be a drain on her.
pretty uneventful day. lady friend has a grant due on friday, so she got a sitter to take care of @babyparasite most of the day. given that, i just hid in the bedroom with my leg in my brace. i watched a crap ton of television and movies. when the sitter left, lady friend drove us to Ici where i got myself a double malt chocolate-marshmallow mint-toffee chocolate chip. with whipped cream & hot fudge. mmm. i also managed to get two physical therapy sessions in — i hope i’m not pushing my knee too far. i just really want to get out of crutches on august 2nd. i spent a long time reading a document on meniscus recovery, and, as i’m seeing my surgeon only 5 weeks after the recovery, i’m nervous he won’t let me out of crutches at that point. then i ready another document on DVTs and blood thinning therapy. sigh. looks like i need to research electric shavers and give up on my razors for a few months. or grow a massive beard. 12 days, tomorrow, until i see the surgeon again.
I had breakfast with @wil, which was awesome. he sadly had to miss my birthday dinner, and we haven’t really spent much time with each other recently - so now we got our chance. on top of that, i got chauffeured into the office in his Porsche, and that was cool too. the day was relatively short as the @twittereng picnic was happening in the afternoon (I opted not to go as going to Golden Gate park on crutches seemed hard). but, @jim_mcbride stopped by to catch up at the office. and I spent some time with @rgbenson. from there, off to physical therapy where they put me on a stationary bike to see how my range of motion was doing. I couldn’t quite complete a full circle. arrived home, and we took @babyparasite to the food trucks at Bites off Broadway. then winded down the night. I’m becoming increasingly anxious about my appointment with my surgeon on the 2nd - I’m really nervous whether I can get off crutches by then. either way, I’m within the two week mark. 13 days,
tomorrow, until that appointment.
early morning out the door for me. i had to get to the hospital to take another INR reading. and, sadly, my mother was leaving this morning as well. we said our goodbyes, and I headed into the hospital. blood drawn, then off to the office (I gotta say - this is getting monetarily expensive). today was spent dealing with calibrations for feedback and promotions across all of engineering. I’ve been spending a lot of mental energy trying to figure out how to make the process more fair and egalitarian - lots of great ideas, and I’m thinking about how to experiment with them in process. once done, I took another trip back to the hospital to talk to my doctor. sadly, my INR is still at 1.6 and I need it to get to 2.0 - 3.0. also, sadly, I found out I need to have two consecutive INR readings in that range that are 48 hours apart. the earliest I can stop doing injections is Wednesday. so I sulked home. @babyparasite was feeding when I got home, but, it was hilarious - he stopped feeding and stared at me! and when lady friend tried to move him, he resisted and continued staring! I moved my head, and he tracked me! so, that made it better. 14 days tomorrow until I see the surgeon again. hoping for good news.
i had set my alarm for 6am, but when i woke up, i asked myself, “why is this set for 6am?” and i went back to sleep. stupid me. when i finally woke up, i quickly showered (as quickly as i could in this condition), and raced to BART (as quickly as i could in this condition). i managed to get into the office for my 9am meeting with 10 minutes to spare. mom stayed at home to watch @babyparasite while lady friend got some work done. my peers surprised me today with a $1000 gift card to uber cab to help me get around a bit better. this way i can almost, for sure, take a cab home every day until august 2nd when i go into see the surgeon. i was unbelievably touched. i went to physical therapy, and my therapist is happy with my progress (i can bend my knee to 90 degrees!). maybe on friday i’ll try getting on a stationary bike. got home, ate, and passed out on the couch with @babyparasite napping in his travel crib on the floor. 15 days, tomorrow, until we can talk about getting this brace off.
mom came by the office today! she hasn’t been to this one yet (she last visited when we were still on Folsom Street). aside from that, i’m trying a few experiments on Platform Engineering with how promotions are going to be run — i’m really trying to get to a “jury of your peers” model, instead of having the managers hold all the power. we’ll see if it works. another long commuting day, however. BART into the office, and BART back. when i got back, we had enough time to give me my shot, and to have a quick dinner. mom then drove my car all the way to SFO, where we picked up lady friend and @babyparasite. it was great to hold @babyparasite. drove home. i tried to do my physical therapy, but, i was so tired that my knee wasn’t cooperating. 16 days until we can talk about removing my leg brace.
really really long day today. I had to get my blood drawn to get a read on my INR. I wanted to do that really early so I could get my day going. BART to civic center at 6:30am, then an über to the hospital. then an über back to the office. the thing that made me happy, however, is that I actually sat at my desk instead of the hole which is my office. I’ve also started weaning myself off my pain killers. the day, though, was just soooo long. my day didn’t even end until 6:30pm, when I got a sad call from my doctor saying the blood thinners haven’t completely worked yet — still have to give myself injections for a while. I got home, exhausted, around 7:30pm and still had to do my physical therapy. people accidentally kicked me a bunch of times on the BART. mom graciously made foul for dinner. and I passed out on the couch. 17 days, tomorrow, until I hopefully get this brace off.