Thursday, April 27, 2006


Dear Reader,

This morning I woke with bronchitis, or at least my version. I am congested, weak, with a raw throat and phlegm. I must cancel my other activities and focus on recovering.

It is not surprising that illness should find me today. I felt it coming on yesterday and could not work. Last night I could not sleep until 2:30 a.m., often the final trigger. Above all, I knocked myself out by applying 480 patches in only six weeks to the codebase to bring it up to date. In doing so, I may have set a VistA patching record, but that push came at the cost of my self-care, and ultimately my health. I understand now that price was too high to pay.

Illness is a teacher; I need to become a better student.

Yours truly,

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