What’s on the iPod: I’m Shakin’ by Jack White
Wow. What a couple of days. Okay, so Monday was a good day. I went to bed after having accomplished a bit of work and having gone to a dance lesson. Felt a little tired, but understandable.
Somewhere around 3:30 am, it became obvious Tuesday wasn’t going to be the same kind of day. Serious pain rushed me to the ER. Medication given. Medication-induced nausea ensues for the next 12 hours. An ambulance ride and an ICU room later, I’m in the big hospital downtown and they’re looking at my liver.
That’s the curse of being born with a birthmark on your liver. Right there.
It’s called a hemangioma, and it’s quite common on the outside of one’s body — birthmarks. On livers? It happens more than one would think. And thanks to fluctuations in one’s hormone levels, they can grow. As mine just did. Now it’s pushing up against organs. Twenty centimeters — the size of two baseballs. That’s a lot of birthmark.
I’m home now, but it’s clear this surgery is in my immediate future. Can’t ignore it any longer, and it’s going to take a few weeks for recovery, I’m told. Maybe three before I’m able to drive, six before I can think about exercising again. The good news? I may lose ten pounds in one operation — I hear they’re chunky suckers! And they do have to remove liver along with it, as well as a gall bladder. Not exactly my ideal weight loss plan.
At the same time, work is coming in, much of it from the conference I just attended. Luckily, there seem to be some really good, caring clients out there. Every one of them understood and told me not to worry — we’d get to things. Does the heart good to see such nice people on this planet.
So we have a Writers Worth celebration to attend to, as well. Paula Hendrickson, who has been one of the most vocal forces behind my annual campaign, got in touch about it this week. I had to answer her from my hospital bed, but Paula being who she is jumped at the chance to help make it happen. That’s why I adore her. So the short-term plan for Writers Worth — keep it to a week this year and expand it as the posts and material comes in. I’m grateful for Paula’s help (and her contribution, which I’m sure you’ll love), and I welcome all of you, beginners to pros, to pen a guest post for the event. The “official” day of the first Writers Worth celebration was May 15th, so I’m aiming to have a full week of posts for you this year (and maybe more, depending). If you’re interested, email me at lwbean AT gmail DOT com.
Meantime, I have invoices to get out. And you’ve not heard the last of me yet — April’s Monthly Assessment should be up on Monday. If not, you’ll know I had to head back to the hospital sooner than expected.
So that was my week. How was yours?