I am trying to write, but outside influences have distracted me. All of this construction in my neighborhood is starting to wear on me.

We downsized. The community is composed of all sorts of people. We have young couples, people who have upgraded and people who like us, have downsized. The houses are smaller in our area but there are million dollar homes as well. The problem? We’re too close together. Parking out front is at a premium.

The workers doing the construction see no problem in blocking your driveway so you can’t get out. Or they stop in the middle of the street to talk to each other while their vehicles block the road. And let’s not forget the food trucks that beep their horn to let the workers know they’re here AND stop in front of your driveway.

Yesterday, a truck carrying a Bobcat parked in front of our driveway. Not only that, they left two mounds of mud in front of my driveway. I thought for sure they would sweep up but they didn’t. They just pulled away. These workers are not related to the construction; they have been hired by homeowners to install pools. I guess they think they’re above the law of courtesy. I tried to remove the dirt but it was mud. So now when I back out of my driveway with my clean car, I have to drive through mud.

Do you think it rude of me to contact the pool company to complain?

Keep Writing

It’s getting harder and harder to make a living being an author. But, I’ve decided to keep writing. If it gets published, great. If not, so be it. If I only make $.70 in royalties, so be it. Thanks Amazon!

Still Praying

My husband is still ill but I’m hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve had to put my writing career on hold while I take care of him. He is more important.

We have had numerous Virtual Visits with the doctors. On Friday, we saw and Infectious Disease Specialist who ordered six more tests, ie; six vials of blood. My husband says he feels like a pin cushion. We will wait for those results.

In the meantime, I’ve had to file for his Short Term Disability. I know paperwork is tedious for the Medical Practice, but they finally filled out the required forms and his Short Term Disability was approved. However, the same day, the FMLA was denied. Come Tuesday, I will have to find out why. They use the same paperwork as the Short Term Disability team.

I’ve had to pick up his chores such as mowing the lawn, paying bills and changing the furnace filters in the attic. I’m the one doing the driving and shopping.

There are days where I just want to sit down and cry but I can’t. I have to be strong and have faith. Prayers are welcome.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

The year of 2020 has not been a good one for my family. Lots of unexpected events that we’ve had to weather through. The worst has been for my husband who became ill while we were on vacation in WI. After we came home, we immediately went to the doctor’s only to find out that his symptoms wouldn’t let him see a doctor with the COVID restrictions. He had to have a Virtual Visit. The doctor suspected COVID. He ordered a test. Fearing the worst, we isolated as a family. The test came back as negative.

Still not feeling well, he went to the ER the next day where he had another COVID test. That was negative. When his doctor heard that, he suspected Jim had pneumonia. He put him on antibiotics for 10 days.

10 days later, Jim wasn’t feeling any better but still couldn’t come into the office for blood tests because of his high fever. Then the doctor suspected Lyme Disease. Put him on an antibiotic for that for 10 days. Still the same. We were able to get his temperature down to 98.6 and I brought him in where they drew 4 vials of blood, a urine sample and a chest X-ray. Still couldn’t find anything and the X-Ray was clear.

Jim said he felt like he had Mono. He had had it in college and he told the doctor. They ran another test for Mono and sure enough it came back positive. It’s very rare to get Mono twice but Jim managed to do it. There is no treatment for it, the body has to work it’s way through the disease. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and it might be necessary to hospitalize him to bring his liver enzymes down.

In the meantime, he’s missed over a month of work. Now, I have to file for Short Term Disability and the Family Medical Leave Act.

But yesterday, his fever went down; his blood sugar was normal and Jim stayed up all day. This morning, his numbers are good and once again no fever. I pray that he is better. He’s lost over 30 pounds with this bout of illness. I’ve never seen him this ill.

Vacation is Over

It’s been over 18 months since we’ve taken a vacation. We’ve had lots of ups and downs in our lives these last 20 months. But we went. We flew from Dallas to Madison, WI to visit our friend’s cabin in a remote part of WI which is mainly Amish. It was beautiful and relaxing. I didn’t want to come home.

But we did. Now, my husband is sick with something, but not sure what. We spoke with the PCP’s nurse on Friday where they mainly asked COVID 19 questions. The only symptoms he had was tiredness and his elbows hurt. He didn’t have any other symptoms. He just feels cold and clammy. He’s running a fever of 101 that goes away quickly when he takes Motrin. Finally, he’ll see the doctor on Tuesday.

But the vacation inspired my desire to keep writing. You know? If it gets published, great! If not? Oh well!

I pray for all of us authors out there that we get our due.