Home at last!

Mama got her blood transfusion. It went smoothly with no complications, and she feels better, although she’s still weak. She was supposed to have gone in last Tuesday, but her tests weren’t in, so she had to wait until Thursday. Then they didn’t get things rolling until 7 PM (we had checked in at noon!), but her night nurses and attendants were completely efficient. She got three units and various shots and prods, and was all finished by 11 AM.

The rest of that third day she spent sitting in her walker, all packed up, telling them that she needed to check out! The doctor said he’d be by around noon because checkout time is 11 AM, but he didn’t show until 7:15 *PM*. She had by then irritated the two main nurses, and when they came to take out her IV, they jerked it and caused a HOLE (her skin is like paper–toilet paper thin!) and had to make it stop bleeding. They gave her a piece of gauze to hold over it and said she should hold her hand up so it didn’t swell. She said she might need to go to the ER for it, and that made the other nurse rip off the EKG stickies so hard that most of them bled, as well.

We’re going to fill out a very nasty survey form about that, because they were angry with her, and didn’t call a candystriper to get a wheelchair. Instead, they took an Angry Young Man off the floor and had him get a cheapie push-chair. He was rude and sulky, and kind of scared me, but he did push her to the lobby and then abandoned us. I got her into the car and home, and the nice car-parking attendant took the push-chair back to the office somewhere so we couldn’t be accused of stealing it. She’s been pretty weak, but far better than she was, and improving.

So that has kept me off the computer.

But! I got the galleys of APRIL, MAYBE JUNE and CAMILLE’S TRAVELS from the Amazon CreateSpace system (where I won the prizes in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel finals) and the books look gorgeous. Soon I’ll be finished proofing them, do a few tweaks, and release them for sale. Then I’ll tweak a manuscript just a bit and send a requested full of MARFA LIGHTS (it won another mystery contest). I’ll *have* to be on the computer for a bit, for that.

Just wish it would RAIN. Texas has been burning. The drought is ridiculous, what with every other place flooding!


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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