While she was busy editing and handling her own family and business affairs, I had my own health crisis, and I am here to tell you all that I am among the luckiest of women. Of people, even.
On March 13th, I had a stroke. Not a big one, but a stroke nonetheless.
This kind of stroke affects the balance center of the brain, I was told, and I had a rather dramatic demonstration of that even before the results of the MRI were analyzed. The very day of the MRI, I fell and broke my wrist, not to mention cracked my elbow and sprained my jaw from how hard my face hit. (A bit of humor: I was on soft food for a week.) That was followed by a nasty case of bronchitis, which I am prone to, but not this severe. I blame it on the stroke’s shock to my system.
If you have read an earlier post of mine, you know I have a rare disease that took 25 years to be diagnosed. I can’t decide whether to be annoyed or relieved that now the doctors are finally paying attention. (I could have used a bit of this undivided focus for those 25 years!) I have been sent from doctor to doctor as they try to ensure that another stroke won’t follow this one.
Thank goodness my editor didn’t get all the editing back to me, because I wouldn’t have been able to focus on it right now. She tells me it will be another couple weeks, so hopefully I will be through the rash of doctoring when it comes. I fully expect both the editing and the first version of my Warrior audiobook to arrive about the same time, so I will have to listen to one book while I try to rewrite the other! That’s why I have to get this stroke situation under control and quickly!
Just for fun, this is to give you an idea of what editing looks like. This is Warrior of the Heart, taken with my laptop’s very poor built-in camera so don’t try to read it, just look at all the red!
I’m actually a fairly quick rewriter, and she gives me exact details on what is wrong, so that helps me to fix it. All I can do now is take care of myself, follow all the doctor’s directions, get plenty of sleep, and hope for the best.
Hope you feel better soon! I discovered your books while I was laid up after surgery and binged them. Your books are great and I can’t wait to read the next one.
Thank you so much! Having doctors fall all over themselves to keep an eye on me is a totally new experience. I hope your surgery went well, and that you had a good recovery. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Thank you! Hoping and praying your recovery is going smoothly and for wisdom for your doctors. You and Francine Rivers are actually my favorite authors so I just got way too excited when I saw you responded. You have such a talent for developing rich plots and characters that come to life! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child and your writing and blog posts inspire me to keep working on it.
Thanks for responding to this “big fan” and sharing your wisdom and stories. Prayers and well wishes!
Where can I get an audible of A Man to Marry (audible. com doesn’t have.)
There is no audiobook for A Man to Marry yet, but thank you for asking!