Monday, February 09, 2009
Almost every one of my immediate co-workers has been dealing with some huge hospital-related event. My married co-workers' twins were born very prematurely, and have been in the intensive care unit for a month and a half. Another co-worker's wife broke her collar-bone and needed surgery. My intern had to have surgery, and my assistant's father was admitted to the hospital.
These are not my distant colleagues. This is the team of people with whom I work every single day.
Of course, this did not happen at a slow time. Oh no. We've been swamped with work, and are trying desperately to balance the huge workload with the Serious Life Stuff that we're in the midst of. Each of these challenges puts more pressure on the team. We just keep "pushing through" but I wonder how much more we can absorb.
Robb and I have had intense head-colds that have lasted more than a week, so I'm at work, propped up on cold medicine and being really, really stupid. Darn that "show must go on" ethic, anyway.
My dad and stepmother made the decision to move him from home to the hospital. I know this is the right decision, but it is really scary.
So, if I owe you a telephone call, or a reply to your email, please understand that I may just not have had the energy. I've been doing only the most necessary tasks. (I even skipped the annual Chinese New Year's Treasure Hunt this year.)