Friday, February 13, 2015

When it snows, it sometimes drifts...

I'm already feeling slightly jinxed, so I suppose it's appropriate that my blog falls on Friday the 13th this month. Thus far, 2015 has not been kind to my family. We had a very pleasant holiday season. I'd gone all out with the decorating, and we enjoyed several fun get-togethers with family and friends.


Then on January 5th, my husband was headed back to work. He stopped at an intersection to wait for oncoming traffic to pass before making a left turn off the highway. He was starting to make the turn when two boys in a pickup truck rear-ended his Honda Fit at what had to have been a fairly high rate of speed. He was trapped in the car for a while and sustained a severe concussion, a chipped molar, and badly strained muscles in his right calf, no doubt from slamming on the brake when he was hit. The side airbag deployed, which is probably the only reason he wasn't more seriously injured.


The police report stated that the eighteen-year-old driver of the pickup was "distracted" and didn't see my husband's car. This was in daylight with dry pavement, no construction, and a clear view of that intersection for at least a quarter of a mile. I have no proof, but I'm guessing both he and his twenty-three-year-old passenger had their eyes on their phones instead of the road. According to one of the ambulance crew, cell phone usage has now surpassed drunk driving as the most common cause of automobile accidents.

Due to the concussion, my husband doesn't remember anything from the time he began to make the turn until he regained his senses in the ambulance on the way to the local hospital. He was then transported by ambulance to a larger hospital in Indianapolis. The neurologist there told him his concussion was severe, but that he was probably in no danger. There was a winter storm on the way, and it hit about the time he was released. Fortunately, although we had a two-hour drive home, we were heading south away from the worst of the snow.

My husband was doing better by Wednesday, but by Thursday night, he began running a fever. I took him to the doctor on Friday. They did a scan of his leg to rule out any blood clots and started him on antibiotics. Over the next four weeks, he finished the antibiotics and seemed to improve, although he was still dizzy at times and had a persistent headache, which, considering the severity of the concussion, was to be expected.

During that time, we replaced his car and things seemed to be getting back to normal. I saw my doctor  for my twice-yearly visit for mild type II diabetes. My Hemoglobin A1C was down slightly, and he sent me to a podiatrist for my plantar fasciitis and general foot pain and numbness. The podiatrist gave me exercises to do, a foot brace to wear at night, insoles to put in my shoes, anti-inflammatory pills, and a pain-relieving gel, none of which have done anything (thus far) to relieve the pain. The podiatrist sent me to another doctor who did a nerve conduction test to determine if I had any peripheral neuropathy. He stuck needles in my feet and legs, zapped me with electric shocks, and told me I had the nerves of a twenty-year-old. My, how helpful!

Then last Friday, my husband began running a fever again. He started back on antibiotics and didn't do too badly over the weekend, but while he was at work on Monday, he noticed numbness in his right hand and leg. The proprioception (that's knowing where your limbs are without looking at them) was also affected. He talked to his doctor that evening and was seen on Tuesday morning, after which they did an MRI of the head and an ultrasound of the arteries in his neck.

Wednesday afternoon, his doctor called and said he still has a hematoma on the right (which affects the left side of the body). He said the hematoma might go away on its own, or it could require surgery. Then he consulted a neurosurgeon who told us to go to the hospital right then. They drew some labs and did an EKG and kept him overnight. On Thursday, the surgeon prescribed Decadron to reduce any swelling and compared the MRI with the CT they did the day of the accident. The Decadron didn't help much, so surgery is scheduled for this morning at 8 am (I'm updating this on Thursday night). The doctor is optimistic, but I won't feel easy until this is over and my husband is back home and back to normal.  

Anyway, through all of this, I've been trying to keep on schedule with the release of the Cowboy Delight erotic novella on February 3rd, the blog tour posts for the release of the first Cowboy Heaven novel on March 3rd, and the first round of edits to the second book in the series, which is due back to my editor on March 16th. That being said, it turns out that the second book isn't actually going to be a part of the series but will be released as a mass market paperback instead of the trade size in which the more erotic Cowboy Heaven #1 will be published. Confusing, isn't it?

Not surprisingly, I'm a bit frazzled at the moment. This blog wasn't even scheduled as a launch for Cowboy Delight, which seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle of other February releases, but I guess I'll toss this out for anyone interested in reading something steamy enough to take their minds off their worries for a bit.
I've actually been reading it myself while hanging out in various waiting rooms. 

For more information and buy links for most vendors visit the Cowboy Heaven page on my website.

17 comments:

  1. Cheryl I am so sorry to hear about your husband! I am keeping you both in my thoughts...

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    1. Thanks! The surgery went well. Just waiting for him to get out of recovery and go to ICU.

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  2. Wow, Cheryl! You really have had a tough go of it. Sometimes authors are able to perform a very important service. To distract a harried reader from a difficult period in his or her life, thereby making that time a little bit easier. No one thinks about those times when the author may need her own escape!

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    1. So true! That's when the support of family and friends is so important!

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  3. Cheryl, I'm so sorry about your husband. Family comes first! And I am sorry this blog didn't get a launch spot. If you ever see that happen again, let me know and I'll move the schedule around. You weren't on the list I received :-(

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    1. No biggie, Shana! I just figured I'd launch it today. Didn't figure on this other stuff!

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  4. Ah Cheryl...I didn't know...I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. I really get what you're going through as I went through a traumatic time with my parents and hospitals a few years back. On top of that I had plantar fasciitis and dealing with Type 1 Diabetes too. I SO GET IT! Just remember this to shall pass and it is a season. I weathered the storm and came out stronger and so much wiser after. I also found an awesome foot doctor that made me proper fitting orthotics (instead of the first ill fitting ones that gave me a bone bruise) and a foot physical therapist who got me walking again...I was at the wheelchair point, sigh. I hope you found great books to escape into when you find yourself waiting and waiting as I did. I know I did thanks to you and others ;-) My son had a rather sever concussion and came through with residual issues but he's good. Let me know how things are going via FB.

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    1. Yeah. I don't have to look far to know things could be a lot worse! Glad you're doing better!

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  5. Best wishes to you and your husband for a speedy recovery!

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    1. Thanks, Martha! The doctor just took the drains out. May let him go hone tomorrow.

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  6. Am so sorry to hear. Hope your husband recovers quickly.
    patoct

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  7. Cheryl, I had a summer as rough as your winter is now, complete with car accident, injuries, and hospital visits. So I'll keep you in my thoughts and send best wishes for your husband's quick and uneventful recovery.

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    1. Thanks, Pamela! Hope you're doing better now!

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  8. Oh my goodness, what a lot to deal with. I'm praying for a speedy recovery! I hope the two of you will be able to spend some time just being together this Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks for the prayers, Amanda! We probably spent more time together today than we would have if he hadn't had surgery. He was supposed to go camping with the Boy Scouts and I was supposed to go to the Indiana RWA meeting.

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