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Slowing Down...

After returning from Elliot's graduation last Thursday night, I took Gus, the Wonder Dog, for a walk. It was dark, and rather than heed Jim's warning about sticking to the driveway at night, I walked Gus through the yard and under the pine trees.  Whoops! Before I knew it, I slipped on wet pine needles and fell hard on my right arm!  The good news is that I was still holding onto his leash and he was safe. I wish I could say the same for me. Quite frankly, my upper arm hurt like hell!

The next morning, Jim insisted on taking me to the doctor. After examining me, Dr. Chamberlin promptly sent me for an MRI and an X-ray. She called me about 3:30 that day to tell me I had a clear tear in my rotator cuff. Because I had surgery for the same thing in 2006, that news was not good. My first thought was―how in the world will I survive another six-weeks in a sling while losing the use of my right hand? It was not as bad in 2006 because I wasn't constantly on social media promoting my book, nor was I in the process of beginning a second book. I convinced myself I might get by with physical therapy.

That plan was dashed on Tuesday when I visited the orthopedic specialist who informed me PT was not an option because the tear was too large. He explained I needed to have the surgery performed as soon as possible before the tear worsened. If that happens, rotator cuff surgery may no longer be an option. Instead, I may be facing a shoulder replacement. That got my attention!

All I could think about Tuesday night was the yard work I need to finish, my weekly blogs and current writing project, my trip to Maryland with my grandson Truman, and my week in July at Chautauqua Lake for my class reunion. Then a little voice in my head said, "Haven't your son and your husband been encouraging you to slow down? Maybe it's time to stop and smell the roses, read a few more books, and take life one day at a time, instead of always having an agenda."

When I started considering all of the people, several of them friends, who are facing life-threatening diseases, I realized my concerns were selfish and foolish. Thankfully, my problem is fixable, and only requires patience and some therapy. The more I thought about it, the more appealing the idea of taking some time-off became.

 In all honesty, I have recently been overwhelmed with the daily struggle of maintaining the social media aspects of self-publishing. I've often wondered if seeking a traditional publisher may have been a better option. My six-week recovery period may enable me to relax enough to clear my mind.  

Instead of constantly running here and there, I can actually spend some quality time with Jim and Gus―although I will no longer walk Gus through the yard and under the pines after dark! My to-do list will be considerably shorter, my reading and research time considerably longer, and heck, I may actually find a television show I might enjoy! The possibilities are endless!

And of course, there is always the option of using my voice recorder that transcribes the recording into a word document. Aha! That may be the answer to continuing writing my next book. Which reminds me―I need to make a list of everyone I need to interview via phone and set-up a plan of action. See? I have already solved my problems and I am feeling better already!

I am meeting with my surgeon next Monday and will find out when the surgery will take place. Undoubtedly, I will be taking a short hiatus with my blog. If anyone is interested in acting as a 'Guest Blogger',  please let me know. I would love to share your stories.  I will keep you posted!

Thank you for following my website and me on facebook. Hope everyone enjoys the upcoming weekend!

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