Cold Update

My heart goes out to everyone who’s sick this winter. I think it’s a lot of people. I made it to the store this morning and the first aisle I went to was the OTC drug aisle. I have never seen a supermarket shelf so ravaged and depleted. Chalk some of that up to life in a small town between two high mountain passes after two snow storms, but clearly the whole town is suffering.

I also called to see if I could see my (or any!) doctor. There are no appointments until Friday afternoon.

This cold has been hell as you all know from my copious whining. It’s still hell but climbing up slowly to purgatory. What I’m hoping is I’m not stuck in limbo long.

Sleep has been particularly bad. My sinuses have an intrinsic problem so they don’t drain easily which means — extra coughing. When I try to sleep, it sounds (to me) like a full concrete truck is working in my chest and head. I am forced to cough. It’s extremely annoying, but tonight I realized the trick to dealing with it

“Ignore it, Martha Ann.”

My mom’s wise words. Lying there, the concrete moving around in my chest and head, I think, “I can’t do anything about this, and I’m tired. I’m going to ignore.”

It actually worked.

Mostly. It’s 3 am, but that’s OK. That’s the time when I’ve — lately — actually been, finally getting to sleep. The thing is I’ve already slept 5 hours, concrete and all.

I’ve also had an epiphany about why my Montana aunts and uncles had motorhomes and visited me in California on their way to Texas and Mexico every winter. I totally get it. You must need to be 65 for that bit of arcane knowledge to be made manifest…

On the famous writer front, I have been asked to send The Brothers Path to the largest independent bookstore in Colorado for them to review. If they take it, I will do a book signing up there if I can find 30 people to invite (their rule). Their Colorado Author’s program has been on hiatus for a while, and last week I learned they were reopening it next month, but only for books published in the last three months. As the program has been closed longer than that, and I’ve been waiting, I had a hissy fit and “reached out” (god I hate that phrase) on Facebook Messenger objecting to the vast injustice. They responded right away and told me who to write to. The coordinator of the program responded immediately to my emailed proposal. Thank you to everyone who read and reviewed The Brothers Path and posted reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. You helped my book get the buyer’s attention. ❤

9 thoughts on “Cold Update

  1. This has not been a healthy start for the year for you, but at least the book front sounds promising. Keep breathing and hang on. It really WILL pass. It seems to take forever, but you will feel better. Hugs.

    • Thank you! ❤ It would mean a lot to me to have my book in that store. It's a renovated theater (plays not movies) in my old neighborhood in Denver and I used to go with my aunt Martha to see plays there. We'll see… Yeah, I'm sick of being sick but all I can do is wait it out.

    • Thank you, Lois! I was able to get what I needed yesterday, no problem. I just felt kind of sorry for everyone as I stood there looking at all that was missing from the shelves.

  2. I spent $83.00 on cold meds, then went back for more a few days later. I caught the cold at the VA hospital in Grand Junction, CO. It’s been with me off and on for 6 months. I bet it’s the same virus.

  3. The sickness has been bad this winter. We didn’t have any rain where I live in Florida for six weeks and during those whole six weeks I was sick. Went to urgent care once and my doctor twice. Got better, then a month later the boyfriend gives me his cold for Christmas. I feel your pain. Hope you feel better.

    • Many theorize that this is one persistent virus. I have. Even mostly sick for a month. I’m on the mend and am going to take my time recovering this time so it thinks twice about coming back! Take care!

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