One of Mama Kat‘s prompts this week was to share a day of your life in pictures. Every day of the past two weeks has been the same (except for the days when my fever was above 103 and I stayed home in bed, nursing my own pneumonia)
the ‘roof garden’ the volunteer raved about as she took us up to his room. I think that was supposed to distract us both from the huge ONCOLOGY sign. It worked for Michael. I have yet to see any patient or any family member but me use it. I go there to make phone calls. And to cry. And to yell and stomp around.
edge of Michael’s bed. I haven’t been able to get very close to him. If I lean in I can get a quick kiss when I get there and when I leave most days, but some days he’s in too much pain to even be touched.
It isn’t all bad news, though. What appeared to be a mass in his lung was actually a huge cyst full of infectious gunk. It had exploded by the time they were able to get him on the surgery schedule (a week after admission) so he’s very ill. We don’t know yet what the much-smaller tumor on his bladder is. He’s coming home later this week with a PICC line (a long-term central line placed in his arm for antibiotics and blood draws), oxygen, antibiotics that run on a pump 24 hours a day, and God only knows what else.
Thanks to everyone who has seen and responded to my posts on my personal FB page. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the prayers and positive thoughts!
Y’all know my literary tastes are eclectic. I don’t read non-fiction or Literary Fiction because I live the depressing and thought-provoking parts of life. I read Fiction in all its genres! Here are four recent favorites:
ThiefÂ by C.L. Stone (Mystery/Thriller)
Kayli is a young woman who has supported her younger brother for years as a pick-pocket. Her skills attract the notice of a quasi-government group called The Academy. Full of fascinating characters, fast-paced, and well-written, this is the first in a series I’m sure I’ll enjoy!
Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett (Cozy Mystery)
Lacey Pinkerton isn’t the usual small-town sleuth. She has an enhanced sense of smell that earned her big bucks in the perfume industry. But now she owns a flower shop and ‘sniffs out’ clues. A very original take on the genre – I’ll be reading more of the series!
Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend by Becky Monson Fiction/Humor)
This is the second book in a series, but perfect as a stand-alone. Think real-life bakery owner trying to do Cupcake Wars as well as wedding cakes and Maid-of-Honor duties for both her best friend and baby sister. I literally did laugh until I cried. If you need a mood-lifter this is the book for you!
Sorrow’s Point by Danielle Devor (Horror)
Well-researched, well-written, and seriously creepy. No, it’s not Stephen King or Joe Hill, but it’s horror properly done. Not blood-and-guts but setting-as-character. PERFECT for letting readers pull in their own disturbing details! This involves a de-frocked priest and his Wiccan friend – a combo I’m looking forward to reading more about!