Sunday, May 17, 2015

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

The question of the day! And the one my followers have been asking me of late.

My last post was March 13th. Ten days later, March 24th, my husband and I headed to Kamloops to the hospital where he was scheduled to have a stress test. That was the day that changed our lives. He had been having some issues. Mostly as an avid walker, he found himself with a tightness in his chest, no pain, no shortness of breath, just a tightness that forced him to slow his walking and distance capability.

We were forced to walk two blocks uphill to the hospital due to parking, or lack of, which caused him some distress. Once in the facility, they did an ECG, refused to do the stress test, and admitted him into emergency. One day later he was transported to Kelowna General Hospital and we found ourselves in ICU, scheduled for quadruple bypass surgery. 

I can't say enough about the nurses and doctors in the cardio general ward and ICU. They are a wonderfully knowledgeable, caring, and efficient team who not only looked after my husband, but took care of my needs, putting me up at the Cancer lodge beside the hospital with three meals a day for my two week stay, and access to my husband's room 24/7.

On April 8th he was discharged and we returned home He is recuperating as well as can be expected and if our story ended there, I would have had a lot of time to get back to my writing and my blog. 

Uh-uh! We've had our home up for sale for three years, not an unusual length of time for this remote area. Wouldn't you know it. Three days after we returned home from Kelowna, someone wanted to buy our house. Normally I would have asked for at least sixty days, but under the circumstances, I asked for ninety. However, closure depended on the buyer having access in forty-four days. Six weeks! 

After waiting three years to sell, we weren't going to pass up the opportunity and signed the papers. 

So where have I been, dear readers? Home, nursing my husband who can't do a thing to help with the move, decluttering, packing, and cleaning. And, making trips to the Island to find a new home which has exhausted my husband. Another worry in itself, since rest is an important component to his recovery.

Meanwhile, my editor sent me the final proof for Chasing Georgia, Book 2 of the Georgia Series a month ago. I have worked on it a little but cannot find the time to fit it into my chaotic life at the moment and when I do, focusing on it has been elusive. 

Overwhelmed! That's the word of the day! My life is not my own at the moment but this is only an explanation not a complaint. In two weeks we will have relocated to the BC west coast from the BC interior and life will fall into place.

My husband has been given a new lease on life. One that we don't take lightly and we have a new place to live; a cottage on the ocean with a view to inspire my writing world. 

We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to. 

I'll be back.

Keep on keeping on writing!

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