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The Joys of Getting Old

Published November 19, 2012 by jeaniel47

Several years ago I went to the doctor because I had stomach pain. They did a CT and found nothing. I had the lovely yearly woman check, though I had had a hysterectomy years before. They sent me to have my shriveled up little ovaries looked at and yup they were still there. They finally told that it must be adhesions from my surgeries.

About four years ago I left work and told my co-worker it was cold, she told me no it isn’t. On the way home the real stomach pain started. If you have ever been in labor, it felt like I was trying to deliver a ten pound baby. When I got home, I gave in and told my husband that I needed to go to the ER. The triage nurse told me that I had a fever, no wonder I thought it was cold. Another CT and this time the diagnosis was diverticulitis and I would need to stay in the hospital over night. Well, four days later I begged to go home. All I was doing was getting an IV antibiotic every four hours. Yes, my stomach still hurt, but the boredom was worse than the pain. I am glad to say that I recovered and went back to just the “normal” stomach pain. It is not anything that I can’t deal with, it is just there.

Over the past year I have been blessed to have 3 more bouts of diverticulitis. The last time I stayed in the hospital for several hours getting antibiotics and then went home on more. Several weeks later I went to my family doctor and told him that the pain still was not gone. It wasn’t the”normal” pain, though still I could deal with it, just thought it should be checked. He sent me to a specialist. I told him my story and he told me “I don’t think it is your colon.”

He finally decided that I should have another CT. The day after the CT there was a message on the machine to call his office. Well, I work in the medical field and this is not normally good news. I called and they said I was to come in the next day to discuss the results. I can tell you that they don’t call you in to give you good news. She then asked it I usually brought family with me, I said I could and she told me that would be a good idea, this is another warning sign. The 24 hours until that appointment seemed like a lifetime. The next day my husband and I sat in the doctor’s office and I could read the computer screen over his shoulder. I will never forget what I could read. “Highly likely carcinoma of the colon with bladder involvement, metastasized to the pelvic wall”. Honestly, I blinked back the tears. The doctor who said he didn’t think it was my colon was now quite concerned. The colon was too inflamed to do any tests, I had to wait ten days. Those were some VERY long days. I spent a lot of time thinking about my life and what I still wanted to do. I tried to talk to my husband about life insurance and such, but he would have none of it.The day of the test came and thankfully all was fine. It was just a really bad case of diverticulitis. The doctor said “NO cancer. No Cancer!” I think he may have been happier than even I was.

I still had to go to the bladder doctor and he too put a camera where cameras don’t belong, and again all was fine. OK, life back to normal. Six weeks later I had to have a recheck with the colon doctor. I go in not really sure why I am there, all of the tests were fine, so I expect a ten minute appointment. I was wrong again. Now he is concerned that my diverticulitis is “extreme”  and HE wants a second opinion. He is sending me to the university to see if that specialist agrees that I need a colon resection. Oh boy, that sounds like fun. I have been through major surgery before. When I had my hysterectomy they cut the right ureter by mistake and I had to have bladder surgery on top of the hysterectomy. I had a bladder bag then for six weeks, that I could deal with. The thought of maybe having a colon bag does NOT thrill me at all.

I tell you all of this, not to complain. I will deal with whatever needs to be done. I share so that maybe if you have something that doesn’t seem quite right, continue to ask. The doctor’s work for you. You are paying them. Also, please get the recommended tests at the recommended ages. Yes, I did a colonoscopy at fifty and have had to have two since then. The prep for the test is not fun, but it just might save your life. Get your annual physical. Get your mammogram. No one looks forward to having these things done, but they set the recommendations for a reason – to save your life.

I have a wonderful husband, two amazing children and three adorable grandchildren. I am not ready to leave them yet, so I do what I need to do, and pray that you will too.

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Barnes and Noble

Published November 5, 2012 by jeaniel47

I just set up all of my books to be available on Barnes and Noble.com in ebook format. They should be available in 24 for 72 hours for all of the NOOK users. It was just as easy as using Amazon.com and I didn’t even know it was available until my daughter  had friends asking for my books on NOOK.  Amazing what you can find when you take the time to look. Happy Reading! (Just in case there is anyone else who might be looking it is under PubIt!)

I’m a Mass Murderer, Sister to the Future Queen of England, A Washed Out Rock Star…

Published October 27, 2012 by jeaniel47

I am  mass murderer, sister to the future queen of England, a washed out rock star…OK, I am not any of those, but if I was my books would be instant best sellers. I may not ever write the great American novel, but I do have followers who buy my books just as soon as they are available, so for that I guess I should be happy. I just wish I could figure out this marketing thing and increase my readers. Any help? Please let me know what you do to promote your books. Happy Reading!

It Happened in Vegas

Published October 27, 2012 by jeaniel47

My newest book is now available at Amazon.com in ebook format. Paperback coming soon. Happy Reading!!

Mallory couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Brad was divorcing her to marry his secretary, who just happened to be pregnant something that had not happened to Mallory. Her life was torn apart in the blink of an eye. When her boss gave her a weekend trip to Vegas she considered not going. Little did she know how that trip would change her life, she would meet Nate. He was younger than she was, why would he want to be with her? That weekend trip leads to friendship, love and then kidnapping and murder.

VOTE!!!!

Published October 25, 2012 by jeaniel47

I just went and voted and I am proud to say it – I VOTED!!! It is your right as an American to express your opinion by voting. Forever people have died trying to get that right or keep that right. This is a picture of my son who gave 15 months of his life in Iraq, so that we could keep that right. I am blessed that he came home to us. Also in this picture is his friend Cody, his parents were not as lucky as we were, they lost their son. So for all of the parents who have lost their sons or daughters in our fight for freedom I ask you to go and vote! If you want to vote early you can go to your local auditors office and it takes about ten minutes. They are even open on Saturdays so there is no excuse. Please make your voice heard – vote!

Book Synopsis

Published October 18, 2012 by jeaniel47

I freely admit that I hate writing a synopsis of my books. Once I write the last word, I want to be done. Yes, I go back and spell check and all of that stuff that I dislike, but know I need to do. In my heart and mind I am just ready to move on to the next story.

It is probably a good thing that I do not have an agent or editor, because making changes would drive me nuts.

Then finally I work on the synopsis. How do I tell you enough to get you interested, but not tell you the entire story. I do not tell you everything that will happen on purpose. There is nothing that I hate more as a reader when an author tells me the entire story. There is no surprise left. Nothing to look forward to when you have already told me how it will end.

I find as a reader, I will never read the entire synopsis, afraid that you are going to tell me more than I want to know. I like the story to unfold. I like the suspense of not knowing what is going to happen. If you are going to tell me the entire story, why should I waste my time reading it?

If you are an author I would love to know how you handle this.

If you are a reader, let me know if you agree or disagree with me.

Happy Reading!