Thursday, January 28, 2021
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Monday, January 18, 2021
I have started writing my memoirs and to be honest, I have updated those more than I have this blog! So, I will copy and paste everything I have written from 2020 and 2021. So much has happened to me in such a short time since we left China!
Well it looks like in 2019 I was
overly optimistic about 2020. This has not been a great year for anyone so far.
Our plan was that Jenny would leave
for Spain in September and I would stay until January 2020, to finish out my
contract and then I would fly to Spain to rejoin her. This four-month period of
time was the longest amount of time that we had been separated since we met
each other. It was not easy to be away from my wife for so long, but I was
staying busy working and getting ready to move. There were times that both of
us were lonely and missing each other and it felt like the days would never go
However, before we knew it January
24th had arrived and after finishing all the things I had to get done at the
university, I boarded my flight from Shenzhen to Madrid and then onto Pamplona
Spain. Finally, after four months I was able to be reunited with Jenny once
more and start my new life in Spain.
From this point forward, I will need
to arrange my working visa, we need to get a car, I need a driver’s license, or
a new apartment and all the basic things that one needs to start a new life.
We will see what happens for me (and
Jenny and our family and friends) in 2020 and find out what life has in store
for me and us. I look forward to seeing what happens.
As of March 2020, the biggest story
here in Spain and around the world is the Corona Virus (or COVID-19) that has
paralyzed the world. Everything has shut down here in Spain and worldwide. We
are in our third week of total lock down here in the house. We can leave (one
person only) once a week for groceries or to go to the pharmacy or hospitals.
Luckily, Jenny and I are still able to work online. Many people are not so
fortunate. The only people allowed to be out are the ¨essential¨ healthcare
As of March 31st, 2020, there are
801,061 cases worldwide with 38,748 deaths. These numbers will just keep
climbing unfortunately. This is unlike anything the world has seen in over one
hundred years at least.
Spain is currently third worldwide
in the number of total cases (94,417) and second worldwide in deaths with
8,189. Scary stuff. Luckily, so far no one that Jenny or I know here has been
personally affected but that could change. My sister in law works in the
hospital and many people are getting infected.
But Jenny and I now have jobs, an
apartment and a car so as of right now we are still doing ok. I am more worried
about my family back home in the U.S.A. than I am about us though.
The U.S. is generally much less well
prepared, and people seem to be taking it much less seriously there. Our
current President and administration are not helping matters. I truly hope that
things get better sooner rather than later.
Hopefully the whole world will have
learned something from this, and we can all come out stronger from this. The
only positive thing is that (at least for now) we humans are doing much less
polluting and general destruction of our only planet.
April 5th, 2020, a day that I will
remember for the rest of my life. This was the day that Jenny told me she was
pregnant with our first child. I still can't believe that we have created a new
life that will arrive in nine months. I am beyond scared, so nervous and
unprepared but excited. I have no idea what I am doing, and I know nothing
about babies but now I have something beyond myself. Someone who will live
I have a legacy, someone to pass on
not only my genes but also my ideas, parts of my personality and more. Of
course, I am not the only person involved in this process, in fact, I have the
easy part. Jenny has the hard part! Our child has 50% of her as well.
We are partners in this new adventure and many years from now, maybe my future child will be the one reading these words.
Now we have a responsibility to try
and give the best life possible to our child. I hope Jenny and I are as good at
parenting as our parents have been. I couldn’t ask for better parents and I
know she would say the same.
We will have big shoes to fill. As
of May 25th, 2020, we are in week twelve of our pregnancy. We still
do not know if we are going to have a boy or a girl, but we are super nervous
and excited either way.
In three days, we will go for our
first sonogram and hopefully be able to find out the gender of our little one.
As soon as Jenny told me she was pregnant I felt a change inside of me. I
became extremely emotional and excited at the thought of becoming a father and
to have done my part to help create a new life on this planet. Creating a life
is one thing, raising a child is a completely different matter!
However, I am positive that Jenny
will be a great, loving, caring and involved mother and I only hope I can do
half the job that my dad did to raise me and that I will be a good father as
well. I sure am going to try my very best to give our child the best life
I already feel more love than I ever
thought possible for him/her and our baby is not even here yet!
I am excited every day to see and
feel the changes in Jenny's body, knowing that our little one is growing inside
her and I cannot wait to hold my child in my arms.
This is unlike any experience I have
ever had, and I have never experienced the feelings that I now feel with anyone
or anything else in my life.
This is a new and exciting
adventure! I got to feel Eliana kicking in Jenny's belly. That was an exciting
day for both of us.
We are very happy and excited and
can’t wait until she is in our arms. We are hopeful for a smooth and uneventful
delivery so we can see our healthy baby.
After arriving to Pamplona in
January, I got a job at the public university until March but then we went on
lock down and we were basically locked down to the apartment until the end of
June so we didn’t get to do anything outside of the apartment and then I ended
up in the hospital. In June 2020, I started vomiting and experiencing
headaches. This started my eight-week journey at the hospital in Pamplona.
Spain. My mom has come over from Texas and Jenny´s family has been great. I
ended up having three brain surgeries.
The first surgery, the doctors tried
replacing the shunt tubing. After that didn't work. They decided to take out
the shunt tubing for a week to monitor the flow of liquid.
Well that didn't work either, so
they ended up taking my thirty-five-year-old shunt and giving me two new
programmable shunts. These shunts can be adjusted with magnets without having
to open my head to do another surgery. So, I survived three brain surgeries,
but I have a lot of recovery ahead of me.
Unfortunately, I have lost weight
and mobility and I am still weak, and I have some facial paralysis with a wonky
left eye that needs correcting (hopefully it will be self-correcting with time,
but eye surgery is an option for the future if needed)
So, I have lots of rehab ahead of me
to get back to 100%. But I am hopeful that with time and some hard work I can
fix my left eye and get rid of this facial paralysis.
I know that physically I will gain
my weight and stability back, so I am not worried about that. But it has been
nice having my mom here to help and give me some good Southern food. Of course,
we will get to see them again in December when Eliana is born. I can’t wait to
hold her in my arms and hopefully both of us will be 100% healthy in December.