Out of hospital

It’s been more than a week that Héloïse had her septic shock, and she just went out today of the hospital. Her dream of swimming in the sea is not at reach yet as she is still to have her stitches removed where the catheter used to be 🙁

I feel a bit sad for her, but it’s so good to have her home again, and without catheter at last!

Recovering from a bad infection

So Tuesday was going to be the day Héloïse would free herself from her catheter. And indeed it has been. But after a black Monday when she started vomiting, got up to 40°C of temperature and down to 8/3 of blood pressure!

Very bad infection indeed that will keep her in hospital for a week to fully treat it, when she was dreaming of swimming in the sea with her big brother. Despite all that courage that amazes us every day, she got very sad, and I almost cried myself while hugging and kissing her.

But yesterday she was better and at night we played a lot. We slept late, hand in hand, and the prospect of getting out of intensive care today to go back to her quarters in Hôpital L’Archet makes her day. At least we saw her little body react quickly which shows that her cells are in order.

Thankfully my parents had come to give a hand with the expected busy routine. They ended up looking after the two boys, food and more. Strange birthday for my father!

Losing hair

Phase 4 is ending and things are going well, but as predicted by the doctors, Héloïse is eventually losing her hair. Ana Paula cut it so it would be less dramatic.

Héloïse kindly accepted that I post this photo from last Monday. Today I could see her skull and I think she will be bald within a few days.


If you think she looks fatter than usual, then yes she does. This is because of the medicines. She shall look slimmer when phase 5 ends!

Phase 4 going well

Not having much to report in Héloïse’s case is a good thing: it means things are going smoothly. Indeed, she starting her fourth phase out of five, and though she developed an allergy for her chemotherapy, there is an alternative that she supports better.

Now we need to make sure that the corticosteroids don’t make her over-eat too much… She just can’t stop eating, and only a small type of aliments, usually pasta 🙁 We can’t complain after we got so worried that she was losing weight during phase 3…

New versions of my backup software and its companion library

HBackup, my backup software has just seen it version 2.0.0 release. The version bump is due to the enhanced backend which now supports storing file data in chunks. This saves huge amounts on disk space for certain files such as databases and mail files. The former are often modified in some scattered places only, while the latter often get data appended at the end.

The companion library HToolBox has also seen a release that goes with HBackup, at 1.7.0. Nothing really stands out.

Changing jobs

As most of you probably know by now, Texas Instruments (AKA TI), which still is my employer, is going to close down its Villeneuve Loubet development centre. The official notification is expected end of June. Knowing that the decision from TI was taken middle of November, one can understand why Google and Amazon are not keen on investing in France! 7½ months to close down a site is just absurd IMO.

Anyway, I was fortunate enough, like a number of my ex-colleagues, to suspend my work contract with TI and start a new job, at NVIDIA. The job is interesting and the colleagues are very nice, helpful and knowledgeable, so I am quite happy so far!

BTW, TI was not about calculators but processors for phones and tablets and NVIDIA in France is not about graphics card (where they are n°1) but modems and integrated processors for phones and tablets.