As we’re approaching mid-October, we thought we’d add in this extra post about scheduling time away from the office. And not just, “I’m away from the office… but I’ll still check in.” Full out, I’m out of the office, do not contact me.
For anyone who follows us on social media (and we’ve likely mentioned this in earlier posts), but my daughter has complicated medical issues. One of which is an extremity deformation on her left side – hand and foot. She has 4 fingers and 4 toes down her left side, then 5 and 5 on her right. The issue being, her right hand (with the 5 fingers) has a pousse flottant, meaning her thumb is there, but not attached to her hand. So it tends to just get in the way more than anything, as it serves no actual purpose.
Now, my initial #MomThought was “Well, let’s just reattach it! How hard can that be?!” Well apparently, quite hard. So hard in fact, they’re actually just going to remove it instead. You may read that and think “WHAT!” (that was my initial though, too!) but eventually you shift into logical mode and the thought shifts to “that makes the most sense!”
Here’s why: it’s safer for her to have this done now than to leave it to when she’s older (at this time, she’s 3.5 years old); she has the best chance at recovery and adapting to another 4 hand. Plus, she should be fully rehabbed before she starts kindergarten! Secondly, it’ll be WAY more functional than what she has now. The thumb hasn’t grown much, so it tends to just get caught on her shirts, jackets & mitts, and be more annoying than anything. With having it removed, and her pointer finger shifted to the thumb position, it will be a million times more efficient! Try to open a doorknob with your pointer finger and middle finger – it’s tricky and nearly impossible!
She is going to have that surgery done this month, meaning this mama needs to have all her ducks in a row.
With that medical lesson out of the way, this brings us to preparing to be out of the office for multiple days- and how to not let your business burn to the ground in the midst of it!
We’re planning on shutting down for at least 1 week, if not more, depending on how her recovery is going. She will be confused, sore, and need her mama, and I’m not going to deprive her of any of that as she’ll be going through enough as it is, she doesn’t need me telling her to just “hold on” while I send one more email.
And here is how we’re going to do this:
With all of this said, we’re going to get back to prepping, scheduling, and planning #AllOfTheEverything !