18 years education + 18 years engineering + 18 years Brazilian Jiu Jitsu + Sickness = Stay-At-Home Dad.
This blog is about the thoughts and activities of an engineer who has to be a Stay-At-Home Dad of 3 preteen daughters, due to being sick.
I am a father of three daughters entering their teens, an Electrical Engineer, have a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, born in 1970 and I was diagnosed with Cervical Degenerative Disc disease with cervical Radiculopathy in 2012 due to being in a sedentary office job since 1994.
I thought that I would heal in a few weeks but, realised that degenerative means, as Murphy says "it will get worse".
When I sit, stand or move slowly gravity works directly down on my discs and my vertebrae starts to press on my nerves and I get radiating pain down my arms. When I move the pressure is distributed, giving discs regeneration time and the nerves have more space. The other option to reduce the pain is to get my neck in a horizontal position by lying down.
Meaning, I did not train regularly and began eating too much. Initially the pain was too severe to even do any basic training movements so I spent many hours just lying around.
Slowly started to move again, did housework and worked in the garden.
My new job is to:
- keep the kids fit
- kids home work
- and remain positive
A job as challenging to me as building a power station and probably the most important job of them all.
The Stay-At-Home Dad produces a functional home and the future adults.
The future are the kids and to ensure that the world is a better place I need to be
the best Stay-At-Home Dad I can be.