If the past few years have taught me anything, it's that I don't often get much time without some major disaster in my life, so I really should be enjoying my life right now instead of dreading and feeling like the other shoe is about to drop. I hate that I'm so fatalistic and jaded, but I don't know how to be otherwise.
In general, life is good. My wife isn't totally out of the woods, as we had conflicting reports from the CT scan of her neck initially and the ultrasounds at the hospital. But she's having another CT scan this Saturday, so we should know soon what needs to happen next there. Her migraines and some of her lack of stamina has resolved since getting the stent put in, and she's had the first of 4 iron injections to address her iron deficiency. It's a side effect of her stomach bypass, that she can't absorb iron from food or pills properly. But it's manageable and the injection took only about 15 minutes from time she entered the office until she was done, so it's not a major hassle.
I think I talked about my dad's adventures while I was sick before. They're doing good now. My dad has really listened to the talk we had, and called me over to help with several things including replacing some broken exterior pvc, moving some furniture, and changing some light bulbs that are high up. I'm really happy he listened to me.
My mom has finally acknowledge that she can't properly care for her husband anymore. He had a fall while getting out of bed, and broke two ribs. He's healing well, so they moved him from the hospital to a rehabilitation/physical therapy center. My mom is making arrangements for a nursing home for him. The wife and I are both very relieved, as we've known for a while that caring for him has been too much for her. We're going to visit her next weekend, it's about an 8 hour drive.
On the work front, I was told that the new engineering manager (where I've been the interim for all but 3 months of the past 2 years) has accepted the offer. There's some work to be done because he's an H1B Visa holder, but I'm really looking forward to working with him. He's the candidate I ranked #1 out of the several I interviewed.
At work, we transitioned to a new program to manage all of our engineering changes and part creation. Unfortunately, this has been causing hell with a ton of problems getting ECMs and parts released to production, so my team is over a month behind on our workflow queue. I am 99% confident we found the issue on Friday, which is that the ECM process breaks when you are logged in via the VPN (aka working from home), but works correctly when done on the intranet. So I've reached out to the SMEs for the new tool to find out how we can resolve this, as well as to my peers at other sites to see if they are experiencing the same.
I want to make sure and continue to support my team's WFH option, as I know for both members getting to work from home two days a week has been a huge stress relief. I am going to have to ask them to modify their schedules a bit, as right now it's one on M/Tu/W and one on M/Th/F, and I don't want them unable to work ECMs for more than 1 day at a time.
Our team supports both our quotations team and our parts/complete equipment teams, and only the latter two will need ECMs because we don't set up part numbers for quotes. So the focus will be two days a week on quotes, two days a week on orders, and Mondays are for whichever takes priority.