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When Your World Gets Turned Upside Down...

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Posted 22nd March 2009 at 09:42 AM by iBldtraffic

Back in October I accepted a 3 month redesign and SEO consulting gig, with the possibility of a permanent full-time position as Marketing Director at the beginning of the year.

Since selling my main site in 2006, I had slowly begun backing away from big accounts and had begun focusing on smaller, local businesses... I had even started the process of dismantling my "corporate" site and, new domain in hand, began designing the "new" me.

Since my wife is a nurse (she can get hired anywhere), and I had nothing on the horizon, we thought, "why not."

It would be an adventure. We had lived in Palm Springs for 6 years... time for a change in scenery. San Jose, here we come. The apartment we rented online was literally a few miles from Google, Ebay, Cisco, Creative, Yahoo!, AMD and others. Companies whose products I used, read about, and, on occassion, bowed down to (Google).

Two Penske Trucks, my Mother-in-Law and our Jack Russell Terrier, and off we went.

We arrived at the apartment around 4 PM Saturday. There would be no moving that day as we were just too tired. Some friends who lived in San Jose met us at the apartment, took the tour, and left us to rest.

I walked to the railing to wave goodbye, and in 10 seconds my entire world was violently flipped upside down.

The wooden planks leading from our front door to the stairs and railing had dry-rot. My right leg went completely through the wood, dangling from the third floor. My left knee was bent awkwardly, supporting my body.

There wasn't much pain initialy, and, my wife being an RN, had me lie down, elevate the leg and ice it. No big deal, right?

The next day I was in the emergency room. An MRI was ordered. (I had never been injured in my life!) The results were not pretty. I would need partial reconstruction of my right knee and arthroscopic surgery on my left knee.

3rd floor apartment. No elevator. 40 degrees and raining or misting everyday. I can barely walk, let alone work. And my wife was taking care of me.

I tried doing work from my laptop for a small circle of clients I had maintained, but I could not stand, sit or lay down for more than 20 minutes. A 2 1/2 month nightmare had begun...we just didn't know it. Yet.

Stay tuned...
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