Back To Work

I’ve had two epidurals, an MRI, countless x-rays, blood tests, EKGs a few days in the hospital and full fledged back surgery. My insurance policy has a maximum yearly out-of-pocket which I’ll surely reach.

Since August 16 I haven’t worn real shoes. Until this past Friday I hadn’t even driven a car.

I return to work Monday. It’s my first time on-the-job since Thursday, August 16. That’s 53 days spent mostly on my side and definitely off my feet!

I’ve had two epidurals, an MRI, countless x-rays, blood tests, EKGs a few days in the hospital and full fledged back surgery.

My insurance policy has a maximum yearly out-of-pocket which I’ll surely reach.

Since August 16 I haven’t worn real shoes. Until this past Friday I hadn’t even driven a car.

Helaine and I began walking Friday. There’s very little discomfort, but also diminished stamina. That’s to be expected. Walking will begin my physical comeback.

My sleeping schedule has been wildly erratic. I went to bed early (for me) last night–around 4:00 AM. Even though I slept nearly nine hours I still took a nap before dinner. In that regard I’m spoiled.

Is there a way to do that at work? Probably not.

I’ve already written and recorded the audio track for tomorrow’s science story on MRIs! Report what you know, right?

My plan is to get to work a little early tomorrow. There are people to see and forms to deliver. I have learned extended time away is loaded with paperwork!

I also understand Short Term Disability. I’ve seen it on my check for decades. Until now I had no clue exactly what it was.

Helaine has baked! Just like my first day at FoxCT/Hartford Courant, my first day back brings chocolate chip cookies for my co-workers.

I’m not supposed to lift. Hopefully I can find someone who will help me carry my load from the car. Extra cookies for whoever does!

14 thoughts on “Back To Work”

  1. Best to you! The walking is amazingly restorative (have had a similarly rocky summer). Look forward to seeing weather by Geoff again πŸ™‚

  2. Well all I can say is, it’s about time. The entire atmosphere changes at FoxCT when you’re there. Just don’t overdo because you will regret it. I’m so looking forward to your “don’t go to sleep yet” and of course the jib cam. I just feel a little badly for Doppler. She’s going to be lonely without her couch partner. πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful news! We can’t wait for you to be back on the air. It has been a long time for us. Thank goodness you are back in time for the “crazy” CT fall and winter! We have come to not only enjoy you but to rely on you. It must feel great to start getting your life back at home as well as at work. Keep us posted on Doppler too! πŸ™‚

  4. Glad you are feeling better and going back to work. Gotta take it slow and you will get back your stamina and routine in no time. Hope you health continues to improve. Thank God for your health insurance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never knew how important it was until my COBRA ran out and all I can get is Charter Oak.

  5. We were wondering where you were. Had no idea you had back surgery. Glad you are back. Your science info is always informative.

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