It's that time for Heffling's OP of Emotional Dumping!
First up, the wife is doing great. The infection has been totally gone for a month now, and she's recently been feeling brave enough to go swimming. She's lost about 40 lbs since the surgery, and is continuing to slowly lose weight but is entering a plateau. It's finally dawned on her just how little she can eat, so she only makes herself sick about once a week now. She still has trouble with the idea that she can't eat faster to cram more in like she could before the surgery.
I've also started to lose weight again. I stopped for a long time at the ~220lb mark, but since her surgery I've been slowly losing weight. I was briefly sub-200 but that was when I had a stomach bug and was dehydrated. Right now I'm around 205, which considering I peaked at 305 is a huge improvement in 2 years. Recently the heartburn medicine Dexilant came out with a generic version. However, the generic is just about as expensive as the name brand, which just means that my insurance won't cover it. So I'm having to transition to another heartburn medicine and have been having constant heartburn for a week now. I have a doctor's appointment later this afternoon to discuss.
Work wise, from talking to the new engineering manager, I now understand the timeline of his hiring much better. They approached him originally last October, which was right after I was at my lowest point as the acting manager (which was aug/sept of that year). Because we move at a snail's pace to hire, it took until June for him to start.
Speaking of the manager, he just put in his two weeks notice! I expect that I will be asked to once again cover this role, except that this time I'm going to insist that this be accompanied by a promotion.
I cannot recall if I talked much about this here, but last May when my wife was in the hospital, my dad called me about his oldest dog, a 13-14 year old Great Pyrenees named Amber. She has had some health issues and her legs are starting to go out due to her age. My dad has bad ankles, so couldn't properly lift her or make sure she gets her meds even when she doesn't want them. So we agreed to take her. Amber has a strange growth on her rear, but the vet told us that as long as it doesn't seem to cause her any pain or interfere with her ability to use the restroom, we should just leave it as is.
When we got Amber, she weighed ~68 lbs (she should weight at a minimum 80 lbs). She was losing about 1 lb per week, despite everything we were doing to get her to eat. She's a picky eater who likes variety, so we now alternate chicken thighs, meatballs, hot dogs, and the like along with some of her dry food in a bit of broth (from cooking the meats). Usually once we get her started eating, she will finish the bowl or stop when she's full and not before, so the trick is just getting her started. She got down to about 60 lbs, but has stopped losing weight. We may even have gotten her to gain a bit of weight, but haven't felt like taking her to the vet to check (no charge, just lazy).
She also has had a thyroid condition for several years, and when we got her she had almost no undercoat and a very thin top coat. Now she has a full body of fur except around her back skirts, which I don't think will ever grow in.
When we first got Amber, she was in such rough shape we didn't even think we'd have her for 2 months. Now with good food, exercise (almost daily half mile walks), and regular medication and I wouldn't be surprised if we have her for another year.
Grade school education is a huge part of the formative years of every poster we have in this thread, and we have all had some traumatic experience during that time of our life because it's simply impossible not to over a 12+ year period. That being said, we have several educators in this thread. If they share a bad job experience, please treat it like anyone else in the thread sharing a bad experience at work just to get it off of their chests. It's not an invitation to reminisce about a bad education or poor educator you had in the past.
It's disheartening to them both personally and professionally when this happens.
If you want to share positive experiences in education, feel free.