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I haven’t been around social media much….

This past year, especially since October, has really been awful for me. My mom went to the emergency room early in October and was admitted to the hospital. They finally determined they would have to take part of her colon out, and when they got in there, they found they would have to take out her ENTIRE colon. She now has an ileostomy rather than a colostomy. Then, two days before she was to go to a nursing home for rehab, she fell and broke her ankle in two places…at the hospital. She also has a lot of stuff going on in her esophagus and stomach she’s having to take meds for.

Since then, her health has gone downhill. The long incision in her stomach from the surgery came open, and now it’s having to heal from the inside out. She has now developed MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph) where she had surgery on her ankle. She’s still in the nursing home, and her mind is slipping really bad. First, I made them check her for a UTI to see if that was causing the dementia. She did have one, and when she went on antibiotics, she was herself for two whole days. Then it was back to the craziness. It could be the MRSA or other infections causing the dementia. It came on way too fast to be Alzheimer’s. She was really smart and self-sufficient before all this happened. I have noticed a slight improvement the past couple of days, so maybe the antibiotic she’s on now is helping her. Fingers crossed. But as bad as she is, I don’t think she’ll ever be able to stay by herself. So there are some hard decisions to be made. The most likely scenario is that she’ll stay in the nursing home since everyone works and can’t stay with her. I’ve been up there pretty much every night since this all happened, and I see that being my future for quite some time.

So, new things. I’ve tossed this back and forth for awhile, and some of you have seen me post about it. But I think, for 2018, I’m truly going to focus on my other pen name. I’m tired of not making at least a part-time living on my writing. And it looks like Lauralynn just isn’t going to do it in the foreseeable future. I never market the other pen name, but it’s time to start. I’m going to concentrate all my efforts on that name for awhile and see where that goes. The genres are very different. My other name writes sweet romance and mysteries. I’m probably going to add a sweet historical romance and possibly a sweet older woman, younger man romance to the mix. We’ll see. I just think when something’s not working, I need to try something else. I’m not going to retire Lauralynn. If I get a good idea for a story that won’t fit the other name, I’ll probably write it under Lauralynn. I’m just so disappointed that Keeper of His Soul did so badly in sales. I felt sure this would be a book that would take off, but it just didn’t.

So I’m really going to try to be more organized next year and work hard to market my books in a non-spamming way. All that while taking care of Mom. Wish me luck or prayers, whichever one you do. I’m going to need them!

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ROW80 Fail

Due to my mom being in the hospital, I haven’t touched my book in ten days. I had my laptop at the hospital one day, but there are way too many distractions to do anything but a crossword puzzle. 😦 I thought she was going to get to go home yesterday, but she’s having breathing issues that a really sharp nurse noticed and told the doctor. So now they’re trying to figure out what’s going on with that. (She’s really been having those issues for a long while, but her primary care doctor is useless.)

Anway, now I’m trying to decide if I’ll be able to catch up or if I should wait for the next round of ROW80 and start on a new project. Still undecided.

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Update on Mom

My mom now has a pacemaker and is doing well. They don’t know if they are going to do surgery for the blockages in her arteries because they can’t fix all of them. Maybe medication. Her heart function is good, though, and they said that was a good sign.

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Mom’s Heart Attack

I just wanted to stop in quickly and let you know what’s going on. I would like to email some of you individually, but I’m really pressed for time right now. If you’ve not seen me around or if I haven’t commented on posts the last couple of days, it’s because my mom had a heart attack and I’m dealing with that. I was out of town when it happened, so I had to come back early and, luckily, made it by the last visiting hour at the ICU. They are trying to determine treatment option right now and are leaning toward a pacemaker. I came to work this morning, and now I’m waiting for the word so I can rush to the hospital if she ends up having surgery today.

I would appreciate good thoughts and/or prayers for us right now. I hope to be back posting and commenting soon!

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