Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.


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The day ahead: July 2, 2020

I’m out of town, but mostly reachable. (How to contact me)

I’m in New York visiting relatives—one has a birthday, and tomorrow/Saturday is a big holiday in the United States—but am working when possible and mostly reachable.

The day ahead: June 30, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I’m meeting-free and trying to catch up on several pending commitments on this last day of June. I should be reachable if needed.

The day ahead: June 29, 2020

I’m around in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m significantly (but far from completely) caught up on work that was impossible to do before my broken wrist was operated on and while it was in a cast. Expect some new writing over the next several days.

This is a holiday week in the United States, with everything closed on Friday. On Wednesday afternoon, I’m headed to New York to (distantly) visit relatives whom we haven’t seen in many months, though I’ll still be “on the clock” for much of that time.

Today I’m in internal meetings and have a media interview until early afternoon, after which I’ll be free and going through a long list of pending website updates and still-unanswered emails.

Cast is off—regular posting should resume tomorrow

Surgery was 6 days ago; look at those gnarly x-rays of the metal plate holding my radius bone together with 11 screws. I’m only in pain if I twist it the wrong way or lift something too heavy. Nothing now, as I type.

And yes, I can type now, as the doctor took that big cast off my arm this afternoon. I have to wear a brace for the next six weeks and that’s it.

Now that I can type and use a mouse, I look forward to posting here on a more or less regular basis again.

Wearing this until Wednesday

On Thursday I had a metal plate screwed into the broken radius bone of my right wrist. Today (Saturday) I’m in only modest pain, but I’ll have this cast on my right arm until Wednesday.

I’m right handed, so don’t expect much from me that requires a keyboard for the next few days. On Wednesday, I should be going back to a brace that lets me use my fingers.

Thanks to the folks at Georgetown University Hospital who made it look easy on Thursday. I was in and out in less than 6 hours, 2 of them spent totally unconscious.

The day ahead: June 18, 2020

I’m totally unavailable today and tomorrow (Friday). (How to contact me)

I’m off to the hospital shortly to have my broken wrist operated on. It’s an outpatient procedure, but they’ll be knocking me out completely and I’ll be there all day. Wish me luck.

The day ahead: June 17, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today, and completely out Thursday and Friday. (How to contact me)

I go in to the hospital tomorrow for surgery on my broken wrist, so today is my last day on the job this week. I’ve got 3 internal meetings and a coalition strategy meeting, plus a few loose ends to tie up before tomorrow, so I’ll be difficult to contact.

The day ahead: June 16, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I do indeed have to go in for surgery on my broken wrist Thursday, so my work week effectively ends tomorrow. I’ve steered meetings away from today so that I might get some writing done and otherwise get as caught up as possible before that happens. I’ll be reachable today, though replies might be delayed; the arm is very sore and I’m not running on full power.

The day ahead: June 15, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me)

My broken wrist is definitely healing, it’s sore but not hugely painful, as long as I don’t twist it or try to carry anything heavier than a coffee cup. This week, they’re going to make sure it’s healing straight—lots of moving parts in a wrist—and if not, I’ll go to surgery, probably on Thursday.

That means posts to this site will continue to be infrequent. And with doctor visits added to my meeting schedule—I have a long one this afternoon—I’ll be harder to contact, and slower to respond. If I need to be operated on, I won’t post any updates at all on Thursday or Friday.

Though I’m moving slower, work continues. Yesterday I finished and shared with colleagues a draft of a new commentary/report on what the present moment of plague and protest should mean for militaries and police forces in Latin America and the United States. I’m going to move ahead on another one this week, about coca and U.S. policy in southern Colombia.

The day ahead: June 12, 2020

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me)

Yesterday was punctuated by doctor visits for my broken wrist; I might need surgery next week. At least until the trackball mouse I ordered gets delivered, I won’t be posting news links and some other content, because it takes me a long time to select text with a brace on my arm. I’ve got an internal meeting and two coalition calls between late morning and mid-afternoon, but should otherwise be reachable.

The day ahead: June 11, 2020

I’ll be reachable in the mid to late afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got an appointment with a specialist this morning to evaluate my broken wrist. Then an internal strategy meeting and a border coalition meeting. After that I’ll be writing (or whatever this is with a cast on) here at home.

On the disabled list

You can barely see it in the picture, but I’ve slightly broken my wrist in two places while being an idiot in the park on Sunday, trying to jump from a tree stump to a high branch.

I’m not in horrible pain, which is why it took me three days to even schedule a doctor visit. But now I’ve got a fiberglass cast immobilizing my wrist and much of my right hand (I’m right-handed).

My output on this website is likely to slow down for a few weeks, because I can’t type anywhere nearly as fast as I’m used to typing. Bummer!

The day ahead: June 9, 2020

I’m mostly around, but trying to get some writing done. (How to contact me)

I’ve only got a couple of internal meetings on the calendar today, plus a talk to give via video in Colombia at the end of the day. This is the day of this week when I have the most unscheduled time, so I hope to pump out a podcast and an article by the end of the day. I will only be checking email and messages intermittently.

The day ahead: June 5, 2020

I’m around, but trying to minimize interruptions. (How to contact me)

This is my first day in a month without a single meeting on the calendar. I hope to spend it writing about militaries in Latin America, and doing updates to the Colombia peace website. While I’ll be reachable, I don’t want to stop for every interruption, so replies may be delayed.

The day ahead: June 4, 2020

I’ll be reachable late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me)

Joining last night’s protests (at 6 feet of distance) was energizing. Those who advocate sending in the troops need to get out of their fear-bunkers and see what’s happening.

Today I’m giving an interview in Colombia and a talk to another audience in Colombia (sit in at 3PM Eastern), recording a podcast on Guatemala, and joining an internal WOLA meeting. I’ll do whatever other work I can when not talking to my screen.

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