“The Reports of my Death are Greatly Exaggerated”

Mark Twain wrote the above words upon reading his own obituary in a widely read newspaper.

I have not posted here in quite a while because life has been a maelstrom!

I have now left the military with the completion of my active duty obligation on 19 October. My wife and I have returned to our New England home after fours years away and it has been grand. I survived the moving (barely) and we are still opening boxes to find stuff. We have even had to put some things in storage because we ran out of room in the house. In the coming months, this will rectify itself, I am sure.

On 13 October, I thought it might be a good idea to work on some of my ham radio antennas. This involved using a ladder on my roof. Needless to say, it was NOT a good idea. I shattered my left ankle and had emergency surgery to repair, plate, screw and otherwise clean up the mess. I have a great surgeon. All is proceeding well but I have weeks more of recovery ahead of me.

Several days after the “catastrophe”, I finally began work at my new position taking care of veterans in this region. I am using my physician executive toolbox this time and not my stethoscope. It is just amazing to me that I have acquired all these skills that I can pull out and use when I need them. As time goes on, I realize I have had very little real control over my career — some higher power is in charge and plopping me in places where I am needed or where I can learn something. I am enthused about this new job. What awaits?

I hope those of you affected by Superstorm Sandy are managing, rebuilding and staying safe. You are all in my thoughts. Happier days will soon arrive.

Will try and be a better blogger! Thanks for continuing to read and follow me along.


About Michael Therrien

Physician, teacher, administrator, military officer -- and a few other roles just thrown in to make it interesting!
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