FOR FEBRUARY 2011
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ending Sunday, February 27th, 2011
it's been over a year since I had the surgery on my head and
I thought I was completely fine. Not true at all. Last Thursday
I had what could only be called a seizure. Essentially, my
body writhed and I bit through half of my tongue and passed
out. I was talking to a friend on the phone and he said "I
heard you screaming in agony and then the phone went dead..."
must have been out for at least 1-2 hours before I woke up,
a mouthful of blood. I had to take myself to the emergency
room where the Doctor confirmed that I did indeed have a seizure.
He said "From the CT scan I could see there is some damaged
tissue from a year or two ago and that's probably where the
seizure came from."
little brother thinks that new blood vessel openings to the
damage area might have caused the seizure but the more important
issue for me is that the Doctor said "I have to notify
the DMV and they will suspend your license." Great. Has
nothing to do with me driving, nothing to do with my driving
skills and I was not even in a vehicle but it's the DMV that
is suspending my license. I mean, I can understand they are
being protective but come on. It's the DMV not my parents.
of this is going on while I have to finish up the projects
I have for HP, get my house packed up, get everything on the
truck and drive to VA in the next two weeks. Not fun, eh?
I am meeting with the Doctor tomorrow (neurologist) to find
out what I have to do to avoid having my license suspended
for the second time -- neither having anything to do with
it for this week. I am beat, sick, sore, tired and all I really
want to do is sleep and get better. Going to Jack's for dinner
tonight but I am not even sure if I'll be able to eat given
the way I feel right now...
a great week. I'm trying.
ending Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Birthday to me tomorrow AND the REAL news!
been a whirlwind week for me, that is for sure. The news that
I've been holding back to post until it was for sure was the
news that I am leaving not only the company I work for but
I am also leaving California. :) Honestly, it's time. I've
been here a long time and what I will truly miss are the good
friends I have made. I can deal without California itself
but my friends, that will be the hardest part.
in early January I got a call from a Company in VA looking
for a Storage Area Network Engineer. The hiring manager called
me and we talked for about 1/2 hour. After the interview he
said he really liked my qualifications and my experience and
asked me what salary I'd be comfortable with so I told him.
He said he'd get back to me and I thought that was the end
of it. I woke up the next morning with an offer letter sitting
in my mailbox and it was more than I asked for. A lot more,
really. Enough that I couldn't say no.
company works on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) so that's
the project I'll be working on. But before I could actually
tell my current employer I had to go through their screening
process which took about 5 weeks. I finally learned that I
had been approved (which I never doubted) last Thursday and
then put in my resignation late on Friday. My boss is actually
going on vacation starting Monday for a week so I felt that
I should let him know before he goes.
really thankful for the opportunity I had here. It's been
a good four year run but it was time and I am ready to move
on to greater opportunities. I'm especially grateful for how
they took care of me and my family when I was injured last
year. That was just stand up, good people! And yes, I will
miss California but like I said, more than anything, I will
miss my friends. :(
of which, yes! I did again go on a Limo with my friends last
night for my birthday (yes, AGAIN, like LAST year) and we
had a great time. The time we were supposed to have last year.
This time though I knew I didn't want a repeat of last year
so I made sure that I stayed on my best behavior. It was great
to go out and not have to wear a hat and have to answer the
million questions that came when people saw the huge scars
on my head. All of those are gone and I'm off the medicine
and feel pretty good.
stitches are coming out next Saturday but in the meantime
I have a lot of things to do. I have already put in an application
for a Two Bedroom, 3 level town home in Sterling, VA which
also has an attached two car garage. I need my "MAN"
space -- and a place to park both my truck and my motorcycle.
I am going to give the CR250 to someone who will make good
use of it but everything else is going with me.
I need to work on finding the movers and get all of that taken
care of. The last day I THINK at work will be the 11th of
March but if necessary I will stay another week to tidy things
up. Most people wonder if I am nervous about this but I am
not. I am ready to leave CA and on to new Horizons. Speaking
of which, I have to find a new Church as well so Pastor Bob
and I will be talking about that before I leave.
about it for now. No gym work for me until next week after
the stitches are out and besides, I need a break! No motorcycle
riding either and that's fair too :) Hope you all had a fantastic
week and come back for weekly updates so I can let you know
where things are at.
ending Sunday, February 13th, 2011
-- but it was ALLLLL worth it :)
I am extremely sore today. Yesterday I had the appointment
with the plastique surgeon who went in a fixed the damage
left over from the Neurosurgeon. Granted, the Neurosurgeon
did a fantastic job keeping me alive a year ago (counting
both times I died) but of course there is always something
left over. And in my case I had a lot of scar tissue on my
head that the hair wouldn't grow so I had this huge blank
spot on my head from the top and around the right side of
been ALL FIXED :) The Surgeon did a fantastic job and considering
people fly all over the Country to see him I feel very lucky
to be able to have him do the work on me. He was even cool
enough to call me late last night to make sure I was OK. He
said "Bed check!" haha. Really, really great guy
and he had a great team of people with him. They didn't sedate
me either so I was fully awake during the entire process.
I tried to keep them laughing as much as possible.
was able to drive home later in the day and I basically laid
on the couch healing. I didn't want to take the Vicoden but
honestly I needed it. My head is really, really sore from
all the work he did and it's been really hard to sleep restfully.
I am taking off tomorrow and working from home the rest of
the week. In fact I am not allowed to go to the gym for two
weeks and that is ok. I need a break.
all I really have to say for right now. I am tired and need
some rest. Have a great rest of your weekend!
ending Sunday, February 6th, 2011
-- almost ONE YEAR LATER!
in a few weeks it will have been a year since the whole "knock
my head, nearly died -- twice" incident but it's all
good. I haven't decided what I am going to do this year (aside
from the clean-up surgery next week) but I do know my friends
from last year want to be there and they even volunteered
to be my "wing men" haha. That's funny :)
it's been a good, nice and QUIET week, which I rather enjoy!
Much like last week I decided to take the CBR up to Palomar
Mountain again on Saturday morning. It was a fantastic ride
and yes, I did take it easy. The guy taking pictures was up
there again so I grabbed a few of them and they are posted
with the other ones.
I was busy as ever at work and that was good. I really do
enjoy when my day is full of work to do and make a dent in
the projects as they are all due soon. Like the ol' Marine
Corps adage "Hurry up and wait!" in my case it's
"Hurry up and do it now!" LOL! It's ok, once a Marine,
always a Marine I guess. Lord knows I have a hard head --
just like them all :)
Saturday I stayed after Church because I have been trying
to talk to Pastor Bob for the past year but he's usually very
busy with lots of people that want to talk to him or he's
flying to some distant place. I just wanted an opportunity
to give him my "testimony" and that's exactly what
I got to do. Needless to say he was pretty amazed. I made
sure to tell him that I tell others my testimony not to pat
myself on my back but to bring glory to God. All that I do,
I do in His service. I know a lot of people whom I have given
my testimony to it has definitely had a positive effect on
Wednesday I went out with a friend and we had a great time
macking on Indian food and hanging out and just talking. I
am quite sure we'll be hanging out more often.
normal the gym workouts are going great and I am really enjoying
life and taking it one day at a time. Yes there is more news
coming and when I can post about it you'll see it here as
soon as I know. Hope you have a great rest of your week and
talk to you soon!