And the Year is Done

Today is the last day of school.  Last Day of Anna being a high school student, and last day of Luke being a Freshman. It was a great school year for both while fun watching the both grow away from each other as much as they grew together. Something about a 15-minute car ride each day that will do it for siblings.

Graduation is Saturday and while Anna is receiving her diploma, Luke will be in the choir singing.

And then it is a busy summer with camp, orientation, wisdom teeth out, and mission trip for Anna.  This while Luke is headed to morning practices for a swim, Camp Trotier, and the same mission trip with Anna.

Bring on Summer! It is going to be Fantastic!

Burned Out

Last Thursday I was talking to a friend of mine before our swim meet and she asked me if I ever get burned out from all the coaching? My quick reaction was No. Can never say you are burned out only 4 weeks into the season, and could never say that when your kid is on team.

But then I got home and I started thinking about it.

Burned Out. What does it really mean? Does it just mean tired? Because even when I am not coaching I am tired. Being a Husband and Dad and Friend and Co-Worker and Coach takes a great deal of energy and time.

I just finished reading The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. I would highly recommend it. It talks a great deal ask_garyvee_template_Podcast_copyabout positive energy and what you can do with it and how to use it to your advantage. You have to have a plan, have the right people supporting your plan, and then help those around you also reach their goals.

Wonder if anyone at my “fun job” has heard me say something like that before. Heck, I am sure there are people at my real job that hear me say that on a regular basis.

The other tie to being burned out is to Gary Vaynerchuk.  Once again, I highly recommend him. But I warn you, he is very energized. I can only equate it to the first time I saw Amy Schumer in Trainwreck.  Never knew her or anything about her. She is not for everyone, but her style can grow on you.  Same as Gary. He knows his stuff, some think he is arrogant. I think he is just confident.

Gary has a segment on his web site called #AskGaryVee  During a recent segment a person asked Gary how he has the time and energy to get things done.  And his short answer basically was that if you love what you are doing then you are All In and then you always have time and the energy to get it done.

So there it is in a nut shell. I do not get burned out, but I do know when to take a step back and decompress. Like I did this past weekend. A little rest once in a while helps as well.

Medical Leave

mw-minimal-deskop-wallpaper-slow-down-10-80-1Sometimes life throws you a curve as a reminder that maybe you need to slow down a hair.  Not full breaking stop, but just enough to make sure all things check out correctly.

Yesterday I had some minor outpatient surgery for an exam under anesthesia (EUA) with a fistulotomy.

The surgery was at 2:30PM and I had to be there by 1:00PM. The DR recommends that I scheduled to be off today and Friday to recover, and should be ready to go back to work on Monday the 19th.

So, how did this happen? The DR performing the surgery said this is just bad luck.

While we were in Disney on vacation I had a growth large enough that it popped the skin back on December 1st.  Called the Care 24 line through the insurance and the nurse thought it was a thrombosed External hemorrhoidI called my primary care physician and she said that I should come in once we returned to Wisconsin because I was not in that much pain after the rupture.  When I went to see her on December 5th, she recommended I go over to Waukesha Memorial and see the on call surgeon and have him lance/cut it open and drain it out. It was not a hemorrhoid but rather an abscess.

My follow up visit two weeks ago revealed that it is not healing properly, thus my DR wanted to put me under and check it further.

What started as an abscess has turned into a fistula.  Meaning there is a pathway that forms when the abscess drains. That can cause drainage where the pathway meets the skin.  So, this has been basically draining nonstop since early December.  Some days better, some days worse.  I would say that about 70% of the time since early December I have been in some sort of pain.  Antibiotics helped for a while but this was the next step.

My DR said that 75-80% of these are on the surface and can be taken care of in 45 minutes.  If it is further “upstream” then he will have to refer me to a specialist for something more invasive.

Luckily it was very superficial near the surface.

Best part is I get to watch Netflix for a couple days!!  Good times. And, I am slowing it down for a couple of days.