Monday, May 17, 2010
Wanted: Brain Mechanic
The Headache ruins my brain interface with the rest of my body. I don't react right, I forget things like car keys in my hand, I have trouble comprehending conversations or reading because I am experiencing the world through a screen of pain and confusion. What makes it through that filter has to be very clear cut or else it gets all blurry and fuzzy and choppy and my brain can't quite make it out without extra concentration. Extra concentration just is not happening when The Headache makes itself known.
Had a couple of days at home, trying to do what I had to do yesterday because for me it was a good day where I had some extra energy. Today not so good. Going back to the clients tomorrow, second week after go-live. Not sure who all will be there with me besides my programmer/system engineer side kick. Giving the new trainer a week off to be with her family - she has been a real trooper, but even troopers need some R&R. We had a bit of a problem Friday with converted data, but hopefully had it all straightened out of its spaghetti mess at the end of the day - typical of system conversions, something unexpected always happens, but it was easily fixable once we defined what needed to be fixed. My side kick and I work really well as a pair (I'm not really sure which one of us is the true side kick - I truly think I am probably both the side kick and the comic relief rolled up in one) having been down this route a few times over the years. Same drill - different locations.
My bosses (did I ever mention I love my job and my bosses??) bid out new health insurance, and now instead of paying $120 a month for stinky Anthem, I am getting United Healthcare nationwide coverage as a free benefit! Woo Hoo! I am sure there will be a downside to United the same as there was for Anthem, but so far so good. All my specialists are in network, and that includes the Cleveland Clinic! There also is no in-area out-of-area network like Anthem had. Another Woo Hoo! Of course all the people in Canada and other countries are thinking "isn't the health insurance in the United States crazy??" and I'm nodding my head "Yes it is!" - trust us to make something simple into a bureaucratic nightmare.
I think my head needs a tune up, perhaps some new spark plugs...a filter change...or a new cam shaft. Where's a brain mechanic when you need one??