Hi and a little venting...
Well, I haven't been here much lately, not even lurking...so first of all, hi to everyone!!!
I wanted to share my experiences from last year...which I believe was easily the worst one of my life. I've told all of this stuff separately, but it's recap time!
At the beggining of 2005, the situation at my old job was unsustainable. They paid me whenever they felt like it, and later I found out they haven't paid my legal health and retirement stuff for over a year!, So finally, on may 2005 I decided it was time to leave. After that, I was without a job for 2 months, which added to the previous irregular payments left me with a huge debt. Bottom line: 2 of my beloved guitars had to go.
Around the same time, my lower back started to hurt. Long story short: I now have 6 titanium screws in my spine, it still hurts sometimes, and I have to pay about 60% of my salary for the operation until next year. Again, other 2 guitars had to go. Then...1 1/2 months after that surgery, I had appendicitis!!!
If you think that's bad luck...wait! For some time, I've had a tingling sensation in my left hand that comes and goes for periods. I had a lot of testing done, and I don't have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any of the typical stuff...the conclusion of several doctors) is that I have "some kind" of nerve damage, and that there's nothing to be done. Of course, right now I'm on one of the heavy tingling periods!!!! Luckily, it doesn't seem to compromise motion in any way, but it is disturbing!!!!
So to recap...in the last year, I have had 2 surgical procedures, and the back thing took 2 of my hobbies away from me (hopefully not forever): weightlifting and mountain biking. My other great passion, the guitar, was also affected, since I lost 4 of my guitars (I kept my PGM 10th), and I have this hand thing, that I don't know what is! To top it all, I have a huge debt, which killed my plans of buying an apartment.
Well, sorry for the ranting!!! Happily, I think I have had a very positive attitude though all of this (many would have ended doing Prozac!), and things look good ahead: I love my current job, it's good money and there's plenty of development opportunities, things are really good with the GF...I KNOW I'll be OK!
Thanks for reading!