So I forget sometimes that not everyone is on Facebook. It's been easier for me to update there than it is to update my website. Sorry about that!
It's been a long couple of months and I've seen a LOT of waiting and hospital rooms. After the crazy heart episode, some of my blood tests revealed some strange liver results. I also had an issue with swallowing and some other not-so-fun stomach stuff. After a scope and a bunch of clipping of tummy polyps and some biopsies and nearly two weeks of anxious waiting, I learned I was cancer-free.
But I also learned I have liver disease. And not the kind you get by living like a rock star either. It's the boring, genetic, my ass is too big and I have to say goodbye to wine and Tylenol and butter kind. <---Boo.
I'm still in the diagnosis phase of this heart thing. I basically see this interventional cardiology waiting room ^^^ at least once a week. It's a real pain in the you-know-what. Right now, they're testing me to see how my arrhythmia works and whether I need medicine or surgery to make it behave.
So I get to wear this ^^^ contraption for the thirty days. They let me take it off for an hour each day to shower. It's only a problem when I'm sleeping because the wires and the little iPhone-sized box are always in the way. But I keep reminding myself that wearing this thing gets me one step closer to fixing my broken heart and getting healthy again!
I did get to sneak away to the Romantic Times convention in Dallas. I almost didn't go but there were two reasons I decided to go for it.
1) This is the one time a year I get to see my little sister. She's an Air Force wife so she lives halfway across the country. This is our Christmas and birthday gift to each other. This year, especially, I needed to be around my family.
2) RT Convention is paid for many, many months in advance. I had already sunk thousands of dollars into promo (the snazzy lobby clings that Sara Eirew designed!) and into hotel rooms, airfare, convention fees, etc. None of that is refundable.
I didn't actually get to most of the panels or workshops because I wasn't feeling that well. Luckily, I was feeling pretty good the morning of the signing. I had a BLAST meeting everyone who came by to see me.
In not health-related news: we bought a house. We will be escaping our neighbors in just a few weeks!
I can't tell you how thrilled I am about that--or how much I adore our real estate agency for finding us a house in one day. Like no joke. We talked to our agent on Monday. By Wednesday, he sent a list of houses for us to narrow down. Saturday we toured four houses and Sunday we put in an offer. The mortgage officer at our bank went out of her way to get us from offer to close in under 30 days. I cannot say enough good things about either of them. :)
In book news: I'm working. Every day. New books (Kostya, Alexei, the rest of the Outpost 9 serial, the last Dragon Heat book) will start releasing soon. If you follow me here or Facebook or are signed up for my newsletter, you'll know the second those books are live.
Finally: I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the wonderful emails and snail mail and Facebook PMs you've sent. I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was to have those messages to read when I was feeling so low or hurting or scared. They lifted me right up and helped me remember to focus on all the GOOD things happening in my life.
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