December 4, 2009

Family medical leave granted

I've been granted family medical leave for next Spring, so that I can be the father and the husband I need to be while we see Bertrand through the critical first six months of the ketogenic diet.

I resisted applying for leave as long as I could, because there was a part of me that clung to the hope that a diagnosis and an instant cure would somehow materialize for Bertrand. I do have hope that the ketogenic diet is going to make a big difference for Bertrand, but it's clear it's not going to happen overnight. It's going to take months of measurements, calculations and patience to see its full effect.

We also need to push Bertrand harder than ever in therapy to make sure he gets the most out of his emerging abilities. Cristina is an amazing mother, but she's been sacrificing her own health and welfare for Bertrand, so I need to step in and provide that push. Now that I have leave, I can.

I feel very lucky to work at the University of Utah. My colleagues (and their families), the department and the administration have offered unflinching support to me and my family throughout Bertrand's ordeal. To every one of you reading this blog, THANK YOU!


  1. wow. This makes my day. Much love to you all - Elizabeth. (check it out, Cristina - I found where you are supposed to leave comments.)

  2. To both of you:
    Bertrand is blessed with being your son and having such dedicated parents! All my love, Titi Lili

  3. I agree. We are so fortunate to have such a strong support here in Utah! We couldn't have moved to a better place! :)