Fabulous Friday Update...
We are still in the hospital, but the surgery was a success and Dick is doing great! We were moved out of the IMCU unit yesterday and hope to go home tomorrow. They pulled the tubes out of his nose, he is off oxygen, and walking. Today they'll pull the epidural and if he can tolerate oral pain medication, and food...we're on our way. He'll need a great deal of help for a couple months, but I will put on my nurses hat. We've been here before and we can do it again.
Flight For Safety:
Late one night while machines beeped and nurses gossiped in the hall, I finished the FINAL EDIT of Flight For Safety. Yesterday afternoon I slipped home and printed 547 pages, and will do a final proofread this weekend. I also sent it to two additional proofreaders. Three sets of eyes are better than one! And in no time we should see it live. To read the current synopsis click on Flight For Safety.
I officially applied for graduate school to continue with the next phase of the plan! Yes... late one night, after I finished my book, I filled out the application for my PH.D in Aviation Safety/ Human Factors. There is a great deal of studying to be done before I take my GRE. But I will do it.
Recurrent ground school Complete!
I finished my recurrent training disk Wednesday night. I'm good for another quarter. This is a huge relief to get have it out of the way. Something I put off for a month due to a crazy schedule.
Yes, I officially had my first panic attack yesterday. Having lived in a hospital before, I know all the precautions of excessive fatigue. One of which is parking in the same spot to find your car. Groundhog day effect is in play and it helps to do the same thing, each day.
I packed my computer in my backpack and threw my purse over my shoulder. I went down the elevator to the lobby and set it down to pay for parking. I carried it out to my car and set it down to unlock the door to my car. I drove 30 minutes south to my house and parked my car. I reached for my computer and it was gone!
Oh God...where did I leave it???
I suspect the excessive fatigue, the complete loss of memory and the stress of the situation helped to create the panic. But my body literally shook. Yes, I panicked. Reality was, I never took it out of the room. Fatigue plays with your brain and the memory of taking it was from the day prior.
We should not fly drunk with fatigue... maybe we should not drive, or be responsible for our computers with fatigue either. But one thing I know.... that when you are hanging out in the hospital and have a computer... you can get a lot of work done.
Enjoy the journey! And may all your days be special wherever you are.