Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, andMichelle Wallace!
We were asked to do a short intro. I write science fiction romance, romantic suspense, and mystery. Published in all three genres but mostly in sfr. Since I’m retired from the “other” job and have no children at home, I can write full time. I live in West Michigan, close enough to the lake to visit often. If you want to know more about me and my books, visit my website http://www.dianeburton.com
Instead of sharing my indecision about which project to return to after the holidays, I’m doing a PSA about the flu. Influenza is not just a bad cold turned worse—as my sister discovered. She was visiting our other sister a five-hour drive from home and got sick. Not just a cold but influenza that turned into pneumonia, which led to a “sick” heart, as her cardiologist calls it. She hadn’t had heart trouble before. She was hospitalized for four days last week and was released wearing a “life vest” (heart monitor & defibrillator) with instructions to see a cardiologist when she returned home and to get a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted in about three months. On Monday the vest defibrillator went off. Had it not, she would not be alive. Yesterday, she had the pacemaker/defib implanted.
How did this happen? My sister got the flu shot, which as we’ve been told on TV is not totally effective. She rushed around before the holidays trying to do everything (and more), pushed herself when she wasn’t feeling well, made the five-hour drive to our sister’s, and did cleaning (helping) for our sister, etc. She’s a hard worker and always has to be doing something . . . even when she’s sick. Whether the flu caused the problem with her heart is unknown. At the very least, it pushed a pre-existing problem over the edge.
My point in sharing this is to encourage everyone to take the flu seriously. Know the differences between a cold and the flu. Rest. See a doctor. Take care of yourself.
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