Flus & seizures

For the first time in about a week I'm sitting at a keyboard again. The flu pandemic kicked my butt hard. It felt like rapidly accelerated aging.

I still didn't feel well enough to travel last night. And so I missed attending our bi-annual LP meeting in Copenhagen today, which is a pity because meeting our investors is always a big learning opportunity. 

But a few years ago I got onto a flight while still congested and damaged an ear drum. That was very painful and I couldn't hear properly for weeks. I promised myself not to do that again, so I feel pretty good about keeping that promise to myself.

On top of my own illness, I infected both my pregnant wife (double brownie points for that one, as you can imagine) and our daughter Charlotte (2). "Charlie" then had a febrile seizure on Saturday. For those of you who don't know what that is (like me, prior to Saturday), it looks just like an epileptic seizure and it's brought on by high fever. She convulsed for several minutes, seemed to stop breathing and started to turn blue.

Thankfully we are pretty good in these situations. We had her on her side immediately, opened her airways, and had emergency services at our house within 5 minutes. By the time we were riding in the ambulance she was getting back to her happy self again (and what's more important an SpO2 of 98%).

So she's fine, but we're a bit shaken. Because, you know, "...to have a child is to forever have your heart go walking outside your body." (Elizabeth Stone via Jerry Colonna). Ain't that the truth.

So, all this to say - I'm back. And I look forward to writing about more boring stuff this week.