continuing the journey

I recently updated my GoFundMe campaign and thought I’d share it here as well.

My continued thanks to all of you who have donated and shared the link to my GoFundMe campaign! Because of you, I’ll be able to cover the deductible for my recent ambulance trip/hospital stay/treatments, and subsequent home nursing care.

As I’ve written before, I believed that the numbness I was experiencing in my right leg was being caused by sciatica. Apparently not. During January, I started having spasms in my left leg and lower torso. They were becoming stronger, so I went to the ER. They did a CT scan, but all it showed was the compression fracture. They sent me home with some pain meds. By the wee hours of Sunday morning (1/28), though, the spasms became so intense, excruciating, that I could not move. My husband called for an ambulance.

They got me up and into a special chair that can roll down a flight of stairs without much bumping. Sooo thankful for that! The staff at the Dignity French Hospital in San Luis Obispo is awesome. They got me settled right away, started an IV with a strong dose of Dilaudid, followed two hours later by a dose of Percocet, and scheduled for an MRI.

The MRI showed there were three cancerous tumours in my spinal cord itself, the largest in the lumbar, one in the thoracic, and one in the cervical. It took four days to get the pain under control and the spasms to stop. On Wednesday, apparently, I was transported via ambulance to my Radiation Oncologist’s office, measured for treatment, and returned to the hospital. He looked at me in amazement that I hadn’t been experiencing pain long before. On Thursday, I was released and Kevin took me over to receive my first of a total of twelve radiation treatments. I was a little puzzled why my doctor told me I could take up to three Zofran/day for nausea.

I found out about a week after my last treatment. During the following week or so, I lost ten pounds. Couldn’t hold much of anything down. Even sipping water when I was taking my meds was a challenge. Thankfully, that has subsided almost completely. Now, I need to build my strength back up, find solid foods that sit okay (still mostly having juice drinks), and continue the healing process.

So, again, thank you for all your support, encouragement, and prayers.

God bless!

pages

Here is the actual, unedited beginnings of my NaNoNovel along with the other 111 pages (printed double-sided to save paper). It’s a collection of the stream-of-consciousness questions and answers I wrote as I started to play with the story. An exploration, or perhaps more accurately, an excavation of ideas. Up until the last day, I wrote my 8 pages (approx 1,600 words) by hand first, then typed it. I find the process of writing by hand to be more conducive to keeping the critic at bay. When I compose at the keyboard, I tend to focus on correcting spelling errors and a host of other highly unimportant writer’s-block-inducing activities.

As soon as I have made some significant progress on my Christmas present for my son — a cosplay costume of Fate Stay Night Archer (see below) — I will begin my rewriting process in earnest. I’m giving myself 3 months to have a decent draft completed that I can send out for reading to a few people. If you’d like to be on my feedback team, please let me know. And yes, Ruth, you’re already on the list :o)