It’s certainly been a while since I’ve posted, and a lot has been going on.
Shortly after my last post (all the way back in January!), I went in for double knee replacement surgery. Though I am relatively young for this type of procedure, the abuse I’d given my knees over the years finally caught up with me. If I wanted to remain mobile, this was the only option I had.
Now I am the kind of person that wants to know how things work, so my pre-surgery time was spent learning everything I could about the procedure. I watched videos of the surgery on YouTube (not for the squimish), and read through all of the forums I could find focusing on joint replacement. I was determined to charge into this fully aware of what was going to happen to me, and what I would need to do to get back into shape. I was certain I would be back at work in 3-4 weeks. In reality, I didn’t have a clue.
You simply can’t intellectualize what is going to happen to you physically…
Whatever I felt going in to surgery, it was an order of magnitude worse when I woke up. The pain meds only helped so much, and not having a ‘good’ leg to take up the slack made everything a bit more complicated. The first month after surgery was incredibly challenging – and had me wondering why I ever decided to go ahead with it. It took a few more months of some serious physical therapy for things to turn around, and for me to feel like I was actually making progress. Now, about 6 months post surgery, I can say with confidence that this was a great decision for me, and I have no regrets about having done it. It just took a lot longer for me to get here than I had anticipated.
And the rest of my world didn’t stop while all of this was going on…
For those who aren’t aware, I have been working this past year to get my new company, Gnural Net, off the ground. It goes without saying that my work output during this period was less than I hoped for, forcing me to defer many ‘lower priority’ things to simply keep the ‘big picture’ I was focused on moving forward. Of course, once I was able to get back on my feet – literally – I needed to play some catch up to get the backlog under control. I am very fortunate to have a great technical team around me, which definitely made the process much easier.
Even under the best of circumstances, there is always an element of triage when bootstrapping a business, and you need to constantly adjust priorities to adapt to what is going on around you. Unfortunately, being active on this blog was one of the casualties of all of this. That said, I am starting to get more of a rhythm back to my life now, and hope that I can start blogging again – if not frequently, at least on a more regular basis.
I do appreciate everyone that reached out to me over the past 6 months to check in and see what was going on. And I am definitely grateful to all of you for hanging in there during my long hiatus…