November 2016: My Back and My Book

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Hi all! Since it’s been – well – over a year since I last posted, I figured I was a little overdue. Here’s what’s been going on:

1. Back pain. Major, awful, getting worse all the time, God-am-I-boring-because-I-can’t-do-anything-now, back pain. But now, finally, there may be light at the end of the tunnel!

2. New children’s book! “Charlotte and the Search Dogs”, which somehow I managed to write during the past year (good thing writing doesn’t require bending, reaching, leaning, or much movement at all…) I really love it and can’t wait to share it with everyone – it’ll be up on Amazon in a few more weeks.

November is normally a month I dislike intensely, primarily because it heralds the end of Daylight Savings Time and it starts getting dark at around 4:30pm. Blech! But THIS November – November 11, to be exact, I’m getting my “trial implant” of what I like to call the Spine-o-Tron 3000 (actually, it’s the Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator from Boston Scientific). Essentially they put electrical lead wires in my spine, tape a charger to my back, and I control where the pain relief goes via a remote control. Yes, a remote control. For 60% of people, it masks back pain signals to the brain!


Jack, of course, asked the doctor if the remote comes with a mute button.

If it works (let it work!!), they schedule the permanent implant, when they put the charger thingy inside you. Yes, if it works and I get it, I’ll be one of those annoying people in from of you at the airport who always sets off the metal detector. Apologies in advance.

As for the children’s book, it’s the first sequel to “Astray and the Shelter Dogs” and tells the story of one of the characters in that book, Charlotte, in her post-shelter life. She’s adopted by a family with a 10-year-old girl named Maggie who doesn’t think she needs a dog. Maggie’s dad is a professional K9 Search & Rescue handler with a very skilled and serious German shepherd named Hans. Charlotte wants two things in this book: for Maggie to love her back, and to become a search dog herself. She’ll have to overcome Maggie’s indifference and her own fear of water in order to reach her goals.

An enthusiastic Charlotte meets a dubious Maggie

Add work stuff and family stuff, and it’s been a pretty busy time. Thankfully, I don’t have to stress about getting ready for the holidays, because I’m one of those freaks who already did my shopping (all online – remember, hardly moving?)

Here’s to a spectacular last 2 months of 2016 – it may be getting dark earlier, but things are looking brighter for me!

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Writer of whodunits, blog posts, humor essays, children's books, and medical copy. Either flexible or indecisive. Your choice. :)

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