First of all, thank you to the many people who contacted me about family leave benefits. I talked to HR again today and felt a bit more optimistic about things. The FMLA says that I can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from my job and keep my benefits, and my understanding is that this is in addition to the paid time off and disability leave I can take. I have to admit that I kind of laid it on thick in talking to the HR woman about how our baby is going to have to undergo multiple open heart surgeries in his first months of life, but hey, I think I'm entitled, and after that, I think she did seem more sympathetic and is really trying to help us out now.
Not much else of note happened today, although I did get a phone message saying that I was to call a certain phone number to set up an appointment with a Dr. Moore in pediatric cardiology at UCSF. I had never heard of this Dr. Moore, but I dutifully called the number back to set up an appointment, but then the person I spoke to didn't know what kind of appointment I was supposed to be setting up or when, and of course, I didn't know either, so hopefully they'll call back tomorrow. After that conversation, I looked him up online and it turns out he's the director of the pediatric cardiac catheterization lab at UCSF. Cardiac catheterization is a type of less-invasive heart surgery that can be used to look inside the heart, and sometimes to open up blockages in the heart, in addition to various other things. Our little guy will be undergoing several of these in addition to his open-heart surgeries, but my understanding is that the first won't be until he is at least a few months old, so I'm not exactly sure why they want to see me now, but I'm not complaining...I am very anxious to meet all of the people who will be involved in treating our son as soon as I can.
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