July Has Thirty One Days

It’s been a long month that went by real­ly quick­ly. How­ev­er, I sus­pect in a cou­ple of weeks I’ll be long­ing for the good ‘ole days of July ’07. I know that I’ve com­plete­ly dropped the ball on writ­ing on this site this past month. I real­ly regret that as it’s only because way too much has been hap­pen­ing as opposed to just hav­ing noth­ing to talk about.

First of all, and most impor­tant­ly, Angela is doing fine. She is cur­rent­ly stay­ing the night in the hos­pi­tal, but there is no cause for alarm. Her blood pres­sure is a bit high and she has a cou­ple of oth­er signs of a very mild case of pre-eclamp­sia. Ains­ley is almost at full term, as of this Thurs­day (37–40 weeks is con­sid­ered full term) and the doc­tor has indi­cat­ed that she may be deliv­ered ear­ly, although not tech­ni­cal­ly pre-mature­ly, due to this con­di­tion (which goes away essen­tial­ly imme­di­ate­ly after giv­ing birth). While pre-eclamp­sia can be dan­ger­ous to both my girls, this case is not par­tic­u­lar­ly dan­ger­ous and we have a very easy fix: Ains­ley is sim­ply going to come ear­li­er than late August. Like I said, Angela is doing just fine and no one should be wor­ried at all; just excit­ed that our daugh­ter is com­ing a bit soon­er than expect­ed.

Angela has con­tin­ued to work, though she’s been instruct­ed by her doc­tor to not do any­thing else out­side of work, ever since she’s had the ele­vat­ed blood pres­sure (for a few weeks, now). This has led us to both make some sac­ri­fices around the house, as I’ve been work­ing a lot late­ly. That’s not gone over real­ly well with her, but she under­stands. Both mom and daugh­ter are doing well (I just left the hos­pi­tal where we could hear Ains­ley heart thump­ing away).

Okay, now that you’re up to speed on that sit­u­a­tion, I’ll explain why I’ve not been explain­ing all this soon­er. One of the oth­er two engi­neers at my office has moved to upstate New York to open a branch office for our com­pa­ny. This is real­ly excit­ing for him and it’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for him and the com­pa­ny. How­ev­er, this has increased my work load some­what. Add to this that the most com­pli­cat­ed build­ing struc­ture I’ve worked on to date is cur­rent­ly in it’s final stage of design, and you can under­stand why I’ve been work­ing a lot late­ly. For­tu­nate­ly, I work with some real­ly won­der­ful peo­ple who under­stand that when I need to go to the hos­pi­tal for Angela, I’m ful­ly expect­ed to drop every­thing. My boss is going on a week-long vaca­tion in a cou­ple of weeks and so our oth­er co-work­er has agreed to come back down from NY for sev­er­al days to help out dur­ing that time. Like I said, real­ly great peo­ple. So far, our clients have all been equal­ly under­stand­ing, as well.

It’s cur­rent­ly rain­ing and thun­der­ing like mad out­side the house right now, which is fine because I’m not real­ly con­cern­ing myself with water­ing the poor, neglect­ed lawn these days. I’m lucky to find time to come home and show the dogs some atten­tion. It’s going to be like this for a while, I’m afraid. I’ll try and make some time to keep every­one post­ed with what is hap­pen­ing in the future, though. Cer­tain­ly, you’ll all know when Ains­ley arrives.

Tripoli Six Are Alive and Freed

I can­not believe I missed this ter­rif­ic news a week ago. The five Bul­gar­i­an nurs­es and Pales­tin­ian doc­tor who have been false­ly impris­oned and tor­tured for 8 1/2 years in Libya have been freed. They arrived in Bul­gar­ia last week. Their sto­ry is a dark one for not just their lives, but for for med­ical sci­ence hop­ing to bring light into the world only to be snuffed out by fear and igno­rance. Despite the near cer­tain­ty they would all be put to death, they are now free (via Aeti­ol­o­gy)