In nine days, it will be six months since I was admitted to ICU. Septic infection (urinary tract infection plus blockage caused by kidney stones) caught everyone by surprise. For five days (three of them while sedated on a ventilator), my body struggled to win the fight for life. And yet here I am, back in the classroom and building strength. God is gracious, truly.
“You know you almost died,” one of the doctors said. I’m not sure I believed him. After all, I was not in any pain, I was just weak–very, very weak. My poor book manuscript would have died with me, a mere five chapters from the end! I have every reason in the world to embrace life–and to finish it.
Even so, recovery has taken longer than I expected. Not that I wasn’t told how it would be (12-18 months), but I am Miss Shake It Off. Or rather, I used to be.
My new name is Sepsis Recovery Girl. Faster than a parked locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings using the elevator. Whose head no longer feels as if there is a gyroscope whirling inside. At least, not at the beginning of the school day. But by the time students go home? I gratefully seek refuge on the sofa for a couple of hours. I creep upstairs for bed at 7:30.
Today’s prompt asks me to reflect on my expectations for the Author Blog Challenge. The most prominent expectation was that my book would have been released by now. I had not reckoned on the toll teaching would take–still. There’s only so much available energy in a day, and when I spend it all, I’m done.
On the other hand, Darcy By Any Other Name is now in pretty good shape. I’m hoping the Table of Contents pagination won’t take very long to have done. Same with the spine and back cover design. An end-of-October release? We’ll see. In the grand scheme of things, a couple of additional weeks don’t really matter.
One day left for the Challenge. After that, I will need to come up with my own topics. Thanks for stopping by!