**Edited To Add: I just woke up to the news in Vegas. I’ve only read the headlines, but I’m horrified, sad, furious and my heart goes out to all the victims and their loved ones, and to all who went through the trauma. I just ranted on FB so I won’t repeat it here. But the post below is full of chatter and I didn’t want you all to think I’d do that after the awful mass shooting in Las Vegas.**
I’m back after being taken down by a stomach virus. I was so sick, I think I saw my spleen…ugh. And in the lovely process of performing an up close inspection of my toilet, I wrenched something in my back, probably the latissimus dorsi muscle.
Wizard just shook his head in disbelief and muttered, “Only you.” I know he meant that I’m a rare gem and he’s incredibly lucky to have such a uniquely beautiful and amazing woman as his wife.
Anyway, the nausea mostly abated by early Friday morning and all day Friday and Saturday, I was a zombie, mostly eating saltines and drinking water, weak tea and Seven Up. Finally yesterday I bounced back, Yay! The pulled muscle still hurts, but I can deal with that and will still fly to Tampa on Wednesday. The only thing that will stop me from getting on that plane is either getting distracted by a herd of adorable puppies, or Wizard getting sick. So far Wizard seems fine, but we’ll see.
Now for a sad and somber moment, most of you probably know the wonderful and kind romance author Carrie Ann Ryan’s husband suddenly passed away last week. He was only 32 years old. My heart bleeds for her, and all his family and friends. What a sad tragedy. I can’t even image that her heartache. Here is the link to the funeral obituary and information. Carrie Ann is so very kind and positive, she’s been lovely to me any time I’ve talked to her online, and she once wrote a business focused blog for us here. Please keep her in your thoughts as the days, weeks and months ahead will be difficult.
Okay and a little book news. After getting so ill, I knew I had to step back from my book so I reached out to my editor to discuss it. I had two options, I could give her what I had which is over 350 pages, or deliver later. It turned out to be the perfect timing for her to delay my delivery so it’s a win-win, and I’ll deliver the book in another month. We’re both excited for this book, and she’s been wonderfully supportive as I’ve struggled to write around health issues.
Oh!! The shots…they are helping! I’d say I have about a 20% improvement and while it may not sound like much, it’s an excellent indicator that the full three-session series will provide real relief. The medical staff told me the once the burn on the right sight eased up, I’d probably start feeling it more on my left side and they were absolutely right. The intensity of the right side pain was masking the left–all very interesting. Which tells me they know what they are talking about. Again, all the burning is coming from my cervical spine, but this is all moving in a positive direction. There’s other issues with my rotator cuff we’re working on in PT. And one day, I will make it off the injured list!
I’m going to tell you all about my secret, fun news (non writing or grand baby related) when I get back from NINC. I’ve babbled on enough for today. Just for fun, here’s what happens when I get a bright idea during a pedicure. I saw the pretty blue polish and said, “Can you do a starfish?”
The girl looked up a picture on her phone, showed me and I didn’t love it. But I figured I’d try it. I was right that I wouldn’t love it, but it’s fun
Okay if you made it through this long chatter fest of a blog, how was your weekend?
October 2nd, 2017 at 7:04 am · Link
I’m so glad your stomach bug is on the way out and that your treatments are working. 20% is huge. Cute starfish.
The weekend was good. Then this morning’s news happened. Now I’m just sitting here wondering WTH.
October 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 am · Link
B.E., OMG I just saw the news. I’m so horrified. I added a not to my blog so people realized I didn’t know about the shooting when I wrote the post. I’m sure every decent human is like me, raw and sickened by this tragedy perpetrated by a monster. My heart goes out to all the victims and everyone affected by the shooting.
October 2nd, 2017 at 9:39 am · Link
The news from Vegas is so sad. I just…no words.
I’m betting y’all are getting a dog and that’s the big secret. Have a safe trip to NINC! Ugh on the stomach stuff. Yay on the shots and PT! 20% after 1 shot is HUGE!
Okay. More coffee and then I have many words to write today.
October 2nd, 2017 at 12:35 pm · Link
I totally understood that you and a lot of other people schedule their posts ahead of time. :hugs:
October 2nd, 2017 at 3:10 pm · Link
I’m so glad you’re finally feeling better. Kissing the ceramic god gets old real fast. How is your back today? Pulled muscles and being sick together just rots.
Sounds like the shots are going to work :).
Your toes look cute for your trip. I hope you have a really good time.
I’ve been away from Vegas for a couple hours now. I got as it happened because I was up lifting weights. So sad. So many heroes helped all the injured. Amazing people.
I hope the rest of your day is good.
October 2nd, 2017 at 3:33 pm · Link
Silver, I don’t have the words either. All those innocent people out for a night of fun at a concert–and one deranged monster commits massacre. For what???
A dog is an excellent guess. That’s not exactly the answer but very close
Thanks on everything else. I shopped today and my shoulder hates me now, but I’m still happy to obtain some improvement. There’s so much going on with me healthwise, I’m just over it all.
Hope the coffee and words were plentiful!
October 2nd, 2017 at 3:41 pm · Link
B.E., I didn’t think you were criticizing me! What happened is I slept late for me (insomnia–but I never checked the news) and the very first thing I saw was your comment. I was just in pure horror at the news and my blog all of a sudden felt wrong in my gut–who cares about my toes or stomach virus in that context. As soon as I ready your comment, I checked the news then added a message to my blog so other people who may not blog would know I posted it before I heard the news. Your comment turned out to be very helpful, so thank you
October 2nd, 2017 at 3:45 pm · Link
Viki, the muscle pull is slowly improving at about the rate I would expect. My shoulder’s sore today because I did some shopping–that’s just normal too.
I bet you never went back to sleep after hearing the awful news. It wasn’t on my breaking news feed so I didn’t see it even though I was up and about twice last night. I’m still in shock and so angry at the man. But heroes revive my faith in humanity
Hope your having a good day too.