Sunday, December 9, 2007


I don't know whether it is even worthwhile updating this blog at this point. The last time I posted was in August. That's because I was sick. I'd actually been ill quite a while before that but, it happened so gradually, I didn't realize it until I began feeling better! My first "spell" happened when I was on the road driving to the writer's conference in New York. That was in June. It was bad enough that I seriously considered turning around and coming home but I didn't. It eased off. I knew I wasn't at the top of my game but I forged on although I eventually came home a day early.

One reason I put off seeing Dr Wenrich was because the insurance at my new job hadn't kicked in yet. (Ah, health insurance - I wonder how many major decisions by Americans revolve around insurance considerations?)

My main symptom were 1) feeling as if my heart was trying to beat its way out of my chest and 2) total lack of energy. I essentially worked and slept for several months.

Finally, I was driven to the emergency room by the fear that I was having a heart attack. From there I was sent, via ambulance, to Parkview in Fort Wayne. I was in ICCU one night, and then in the regular part of the hospital for four more days while being subjected to various tests. Turned out, it had to do with digestive tract problems. They started me on new medicine. I began to feel better.

And that's really all I want to say about illness. This post is mainly to explain why I've been away so long.

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