I had my first post-surgery follow-up yesterday, and I’m happy to report that the doctor said I’m doing much better than expected. He’s given me the go-ahead to return to work next week, but cautioned me to take it slow at first because my energy level and tolerance for stress will remain lower than usual for a few weeks. Given that, I plan to start working half days next week, and focus my efforts on coding rather than multi-tasking between coding, support, email, etc.
I want to publicly thank NewsGator for making this down-time easier for me. When I first told them about the surgery and how much recuperation it would require, they basically said “forget all about us and take whatever time you need to get well.” I’ve worked at companies that wouldn’t have been so understanding about an unexpected health problem – especially one requiring so much leave – and I’m sure that’s one reason I’ve recovered quicker than anticipated. So, thank you :)
Update: Almost forgot – the doctor also gave me the go-ahead to see Green Day in concert next month. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a new album as much as I’ve enjoyed American Idiot, so I’m pretty excited about seeing it performed live.