The surgery to repair my left collarbone was an overall success. The surgery took an hour and half longer than originally expected though. Apparently, more of the bone was damaged and splintered than they originally believed. This took quite a bit more time. Today is the first day since the accident the pain was at levels I would consider manageable. I’m down to 1 pain pill every 3-4 hours and only 1 in the middle of the night. I fully expect to be off pain meds completely in a couple more days. *knock on wood* I seem to heal quickly. I’ll post some before and after pics after my next check up with the doctor. I’m gonna try to get digital copies of the x-rays to share. This break was much more severe than the last one and would not have been able to heal w/o surgery. Ironically, I was going slower than the last accident and ended up with a more sever break…
In other news, I think I mentioned I was interviewed by the local paper regarding Prop B.1 I’m happy to say the initiative failed, by a wide margin. I was pretty worried as I would have been faced with some difficult choices had it passed.
I didn’t really want to do the article as I didn’t really see myself as the best choice. Even though my classification as a job is severely underpaid in SF, I make a decent living. I’m also lucky to have protections as my job is considered a vital service. But, the Union asked me to do it so I agreed. They wanted someone other than the poorest city employee to show how the initiative would impact all city employees, not just the poorest ones. Everyone I spoke to liked the piece even though I felt it only touched on a lot of what we discussed.
All that said, the online comments for the article were about 90% negative, with some being pretty awful. I’m not upset or even offended as I know people are hurting with many folks still out of work. It was the primary reason I didn’t want to do the article. On the other side of the coin, I was really shocked at some of the real hatred expressed. Many thought I was acting entitled because I thought I should be able to afford to live in the city I work in. Many (by many I’d say most) thought I was being greedy because my gross salary is just over $70k a year. That sounds wonderful until you look at my take home pay. I actually bring home just under $46k a year.2 In a City as expensive and highly taxed as SF, that doesn’t go far at all. Apple guy and I have even discussed moving out of California once the t-shirt business becomes more successful.
Anyway, with all the negative feedback, I was really surprised the proposition failed. Not to mention, the accident happened the day after the interview.3 You can imagine my apprehension while I was laid up at home wondering if I was going to be able to cover December’s rent.
Anyway, the pain-killer is kicking in and I’m having a hard time seeing the purdy letters on my screen. More later…
- It would have doubled my health-care contributions and most likely forced me into the Kaiser network. [↩]
- To be fair, I donate about 6% of my total annual income to charity, pre-tax [↩]
- I interviewed on the 25th, the accident occurred on the 26th, the article published on the 28th [↩]