Two More Days With The Back Monster

(Why am I naming days?) 10/13/14, Day 14,041 (Mercena Day 59): Back Monster, Day Two; or, Soft Launch of Flux Forward Not to much to report from these past days. The back injury is not getting much better, even after a visit to the chiropractor. I’m heading back for a second visit today (a laborious and costly process of careful slow walking and green cabs), so hopefully we’ll make more progress. This second day of back pain wasn’t unproductive; Chinaza and I were able to get all of Flux’s ducks in a row to soft launch FluxForward with our Friends of Flux (more on that soon). A production meeting and visit from Emily gave me some faces to say hello to before retreating to my pain cave. Truly, the hardest part of this is not being able to help with Mercena, who had some serious witching hour action once we fell of the schedule in the afternoon. Heather has been amazing throughout all of this,  which is no surprise but I am filled with even more gratitude for my amazing partner in life. 10/14/14, Day 14,042 (Mercena Day 60): Back Monster, Day Three; or Chiropracting It was a comical, slow-motion journey, but I did make it to the chiropractor yesterday with Heather by my side, and Mercena in the care of an angel friend. As I wrote above, hopefully the second visit to the chiro today will make more of […]

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The Last Day Before Going Back To Work

(Why am I naming days?) 9/21/14, Day 14,019 (Mercena Day 37): The Last Day Before Going Back To Work In my mind, I saw this day going very differently. I imagined we might bring Mercena to the People’s Climate March. When it became clear we couldn’t make that happen, I imagined us  having a peaceful day, building on the success of the past three days. I saw us playing cribbage on the terrace after she settled peacefully down for her longest sleep of the night. I felt confident that Flux Sunday would go well in my absence. Of course, the Gods of Parenting humbled my brazen hubris. She took a big step backwards yesterday, fussing during almost every awake time, including some old timey meltdowns. She wasn’t able to fall asleep on her own anymore, with the pacifier an annoyance and the swaddle, her enemy. And, I completely let down my Flux Sunday team by forgetting to give them the most important thing they needed: the key. While we came up with lots of theories as to why she took the step back, we know it could be all or some or none of those reasons. Babies are mysteries that keep changing their address. Hopefully, yesterday was just a lapse, not a trend. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep this blogging going now that I’m back at work; I do know it’s the next major change, and […]

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