It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers Group. The purpose is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! A big THANKS to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group and keeping it going. And to this month's awesome hosts Mark Koopmans, Joylene Nowell Butler, Elsie, and Lisa Buie-Collard!
April 2014 is a month I’d rather not repeat. The day after the last ISWG post I woke up with severe pain on the right side of my ribs. It hurt to take a deep breath. Talk about scary. Probably not as scary for me as for my husband when I woke him up with “you need to take me to Emergency.”
Our minds do crazy things when we don’t know what’s happening to our bodies. It took me over half an hour to wake up my husband. Why? Because I’m stupid. First, I figured I pulled a muscle and if I changed positions—rolling over, walking, sitting in a chair—the pain would go away. Yeah, right. Severe pain goes away by all by itself. Then, I tried more self-diagnosing. I’m not a doctor, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn. LOL My son-in-law is a doctor. Did I call him? Hah. As I said, stupid.
Long story short, I had—Surprise!—blood clots in my lungs. I had pulmonary emboli before, after knee replacement surgery. Didn’t feel the same so I didn’t recognize the symptoms. Scary, yes, but I was in the best place, even though three days in a hospital is no fun. Coming home was great, but was I ever tired. My doctor says he tells all his older patients (note, he didn’t say old) that for every day in the hospital figure a week of recovery. I can say he’s right. So the rest of April was pretty much shot.
On top of that, I had a major glitch in releasing my newest book romance. After waiting almost two months for the cover, my designer finally told me that because of health problems she couldn’t do it. I know all about health problems so how could I be mad?
After a crappy April, I have two pieces of good news. The best is I didn’t die from the PEs. (I’m rather glad of that. LOL) And the second is I have a new cover designer, Rebel Ink Designs, who dropped everything to work on the cover of my soon-to-be-released science fiction romance. And here it is:
I have to say that May is starting out great.