Recovery

Last week was not a good one to say the least. This one, at least, is getting better.

My husband’s surgery on Tuesday went well. Many thanks for all the good wishes and prayers–it never hurts! It did take longer than the doctor estimated, which was making me anxious. Then we found out why: his arm and elbow were broken not in five places like we were originally told, but in eight! So glad he’s on the mend, and the very next day was taking much less of the painkillers than prescribed.

The pain’s still with him, but his biggest problem now is that he’s bored to death. He’s watched every movie on Netflix that interests him, and has gotten to the point of spending money to play Clash of Clans (he’s played for months without spending a penny). DH is not much of a reader–he’s dyslexic, and it takes him like, forever, to get through a novel. But now, he has plenty of time, so I offered to recommend a book to him, but he said he wouldn’t be able to read on the painkillers. But maybe now… hehe! I bet he’d like Holly Lisle’s Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood, or maybe something by Bob Mayer

On Friday, we went to visit his friend who had the stroke, and wow, I could not believe how much he had improved, given how bad it was to begin with. His speech was slurred, but mostly understandable, and he could move all limbs. He said he could walk with assistance, and his parents told us he’s being moved to a rehab facility this week. So very encouraging!

DH also had his very, very, brief follow-up visit with the plastic surgeon who stitched up the cut near his eye the morning after the accident, and the doctor was impressed with how well it had healed. So more good news. It helped that DH is well-acquainted with cuts and bruises from his years playing high school football, and knew how to take care of it (and was something he could do one-handed).

Our daughter was here to visit from the university last weekend, and the only downside all week was that she brought me home the “Miami Plague.” So I’ve had a nasty cold all week, but thankfully, it’s not like the awful flu I had back in March/April that took three weeks to recover from.

IndenturedHeartsWhat I read this week: a historical romance, Indentured Hearts, by Hannah Meredith. Usually, I find the books I read on blogs, and therefore, most are by authors I “know,” at least online. This one, I found on a mailing list, where they were discussing book covers. With my graphic design experience, I like to check them out sometimes, especially when someone who says they have no design experience created a great cover after taking one class. Sometimes that can happen; usually it doesn’t. In this case, This cover is decent for amateur work, but what really drew me was the product description: it was a colonial romance about an English noblewoman who winds up an indentured servant, to a man who once was the same. I was especially interested because my own WIP is set in the same time period (mid-1700s), although on the frontier. I downloaded the sample, and was immediately hooked. Writers, if you want to see an example of a fantastic opening, go get this now! The rest didn’t disappoint, either, and I had no trouble clicking the Buy Now link at the end of the sample. Historically accurate, with real chemistry between the characters, I’m 85% through the book–and still hooked! I hope the author writes more in this series soon.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I didn’t expect to get much done this week, writing-wise, with DH’s surgery and all–and that was before I got sick. But I surprised myself! While it’s not as much as I’d have liked, I was surprised to see that I wrote over 1300 words this week. I started out just shooting for 100 words a day, and didn’t even do anything for a couple of days when I felt really crappy. But those words added up! Still going to take it easy this week, and shoot for finishing this scene plus getting a start on the next.

How has your week gone? If you’re working toward goals–of any kind–how are you doing? Anything you need to recover from? And how do you find the books you read? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. People start getting back their ability to move their arms and legs pretty quickly after a stroke, so it’s not surprising your friend came back quickly. The slurred speech will end even quicker. The first time I met with the speech therapist, she said “You don’t need me.” I’m glad he’s doing well; encourage him to take the therapy seriously, and he’ll be back to pretty close to normal by the time he leaves the hospital.

    Eight places? Wow. Is his arm all pinned together?

    Excellent week. 1300 words isn’t a bad week even when you’re in perfect health. Take care of that cold.

  2. I can see life for you is in an upheaval for awhile. Looking forward to going to work? 🙂

    I’ve got a huge goal in front of me. Finishing my first draft by Thanksgiving. I figure I need to set or I’ll never get it done!

    Hope you’re feeling better (and your husband, too!).

  3. John, thanks for sharing your experience, good to know, and hope our friend does as well as you did! And yes, DH’s arm has a plate and several screws!

    Stacy, I’m not looking forward to going back to work, as I’m still tired! But otherwise, OK. Good luck on your draft, and thanks!

  4. You’ve had a chaotic week, but sound like you’re staying in good form. I’m glad your hubby is recovering well; an arm broken in 8 places must have hurt like mad.

    Thanks for the recommendation for Indentured Hearts. I might take a look at that. 🙂

    Congrats on the 1300 words with all the upheaval and I hope this week is as productive.

    All the best.

  5. Glad your hubby is recovering nicely; great news about his friend, too! Does your husband like Playaways/audio books? If reading is difficult because of dyslexia, he might enjoy listening to a book instead.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon! It’s always a pain when kids bring home germs to share;).

    Indentured Hearts sounds like wonderful story–I love the premise (the cover’s nice too). Will have to try it!

  6. Lisa, thanks! I hope you like the book – I finished it last night, and the end was as fantastic as the beginning!

    Thanks, Coleen!

    Maria, that’s a good idea! And thanks.

  7. Good to hear that things are improving. It’s hard when everything hits at once.

    Has your husband tried audio books. Reading isn’t for everyone, but sometimes you can get someone hooks into books via audio.

    I love when I discover something new on the interwebs, whether book, movie, music, or something random.

    Hope this week is good for you! 🙂 ~sending good and healing vibes~

  8. Man, Jennette, you are an inspiration! First of all…so glad that your hubby has pulled through the ruff stuff. That is so stressful girl. And look at you! Writing all those words through it all. I hope things continue in the right direction and that things get back to normal soon. Be sure to take care of you! ((Hugs))

  9. Karen, thanks so much! And if I didn’t mention it, thanks for the blog-tag last week. I’ll post on my inspirations this Sunday!

  10. I third Maria’s and Cindy’s suggestions of audio books for your husband. What’s better than having someone read you a story?

    Your husband’s arm and elbow is broken in eight places? I feel for him and hope the pain fades soon.

    As Karen said, you’re an inspiration, Jennette. When the going gets tough, you still get in 1300 words!