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Yes, I’m Alive (Really)…

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Folks, the last few weeks haven’t been much fun at Chez Caffrey.

First, I’ve been dealing with some sort of digestive issue, so it’s not easy to eat much or keep it down. No one has any idea what this is about as of yet, though they did find out I have gallstones. (However, the surgeon I consulted said he felt it was an “incidental finding” and the gall bladder should remain inside my body rather than yanked.)

Second, because I haven’t been able to eat as well as I’d like, my energy has been affected. This means the five — yes, five — editing projects on the table have all been slowed. (I haven’t stopped, though. I am still working on them, and two are close to completion, while the others are all in various stages.)

Third, because of all this, my online time has been much less than usual. And that time mostly has gone into reassuring my clients that I’m not dead and am doing the best I can.

I legitimately have felt too awful to even write a short bloglet for you all, to let you know what’s been going on. Everything seems like it’s been a big blur since I was in the ER a week-plus ago, when they found the gallstones.

But that’s only a rationalization. And I think you, my readers, deserve more than that.

When I started this blog nearly eleven years ago, I vowed to myself to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (so help me Deity) even when I felt rotten. I wanted others out there to know that they weren’t alone if they were battling physical illnesses; I wanted others to know that I, too, understood.

In that vein, I am openly admitting that my health has been rock-bottom bad for the last three weeks or so. I have no answers for what’s wrong. And it’s been all I can do to get out of the house a few times a week, go see my Mom and her dog as per usual, and carry on.

I am extremely frustrated by this as-yet unknown illness. If I had my druthers, I would wake up tomorrow free of it, with boundless energy, and be able to spend many hours editing, then going over to see my Mom, then come back and do many more hours of editing. I pride myself on getting things done, dammit, and this is no way to get stuff done.

That said, I am alive. And where there’s life, there’s hope.

I hope to be back writing more blogs about books, life, the universe, and everything ASAP. But for now, I’d best go back to rest a bit, so I can edit and get a few of these projects out the door. (My clients depend on me. I’d better step up and get it done, no matter what.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 29, 2021 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Get well soon. I hate being sick myself so I can imagine what a toll that takes. ((( hugs )))

    Kayelle Allen

    March 29, 2021 at 7:31 pm

  2. It sounds frustrating! I’m sending you good thoughts and hugs, with the hope that you will soon be doing better (though that might help you beat me at Word Blitz! :-)).

    Catherine Asaro

    March 30, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    • Thanks, Catherine. 🙂

      Yes, I’ve been ailing. I try to get within a few hundred points of you at Word Blitz, and am happy if I win a round even if it’s only with a few more points than you (and I know full well I’m not likely to win hardly ever, ’cause you’re so good at the game). But lately, I have been losing by four or five hundred points, and that is just wrong for me…sigh.

      Anyway, thank you so much, and *hugs* back! 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      March 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

      • You beat me sometimes, though, on individual rounds. I’ve been practicing techniques to get faster, too.


        Catherine Asaro

        March 31, 2021 at 10:43 am

      • Yes, sometimes I do win a round or two. It probably helps me keep going. 😉

        Barb Caffrey

        March 31, 2021 at 4:30 pm

  3. Sorry to read of your health problems Barb, I hope there some sort of way of either sorting this out or at least supressing it for you.

    Best wishes


    April 1, 2021 at 11:00 am

    • Thanks, Roger. I’m hanging in there.

      Once they do the endoscopy (in a few weeks), I should know more.

      BTW, today is my first Covid vaccination day. 🙂 (Later today.)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 1, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      • I hope that endoscopy is fruitful for you.
        We had our 1st Covids last month and apart from feeling a very,very,very slight flu and a little ssssllloowwww all went well.
        We will be due our 2nd ‘jabs’ in May, this one does have a track record of making folks feel a little unwell, but that’s a good sign as it proves resistance in building up.
        Best wishes 💐🌸🌻🌼


        April 2, 2021 at 3:04 am

      • I’m glad to hear that you received your first vaccination. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        April 3, 2021 at 12:06 am

      • Waiting for the next one in May😊


        April 3, 2021 at 2:31 am

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