February Progress Report

Well, when I made my 2015 goals public at the end of December, I was hopeful that things would fall into place rather quickly.  Originally, I had planned (and I still do) to report back to you once a month with my progress.  However, what I did not count on was still being sick!  I woke up on Christmas morning with the worst sore throat I’ve had in a while, as well as a fever and BAD sinuses.  I’m so stranger to sinus infections.  In fact, I used to get them as often as four times a year.  Luckily, now, they only come about once a year.  However, here we are, over a month later, and I’m still feeling snotty and gross.

I actually have a very touchy immune system, though there is no reason for this that any doctor I’ve ever had can figure.  (Personally, I believe it’s due to all my allergies.)  It takes me much longer than anyone else I know to heal, and I’ve been this way since I was a kid.  For example, I can be with other people and we all get bit by the same mosquitoes or ants, and within a few days, they have no sign of a bite.  However, three weeks later, I still have yucky, open sores where I was bitten.  Gross, huh?  Yeah, it’s no fun on this side of them, either.

Over the years, I’ve left many a doctor scratching their heads.  When I’m initially asked what medicines I’m allergic to, medical personnel will often reply with, “No, I need to know what you can NOT take.”  So I started carrying this card with me to identify my numerous allergies.

Once, my doctor sent me straight to the hospital when I had a rapidly growing MRSA infection on my leg.  The ER doctor didn’t believe I was allergic to all those antibiotics, so he started me on an IV of one of them, and within minutes, my arm where the needle was inserted turned bright red, and the rest of me got splotchy and feverish.  An entire staff of medical personnel rushed to get the IV out of me and give me Benadryl, and the nurse took the doctor aside and yelled at him.  (It was pretty funny.  He was truly the worst doctor I’ve ever experienced.  I sat in a waiting room full of people for 23 hours waiting for an available bed, and he didn’t even give me as much as a bandage to cover my open MRSA wound.  When I mentioned this to the infectious disease doctor who saw me the following morning, he left my room and raised hell at the nurses’ station.)

Besides dealing with illness for the entirety of this year, I’ve had a bit of a personal setback as well.  A couple of weeks ago, my son Jeremy decided to “borrow” (steal!) my car while I was asleep one rainy night, and he hydroplaned and hit a street sign!  The street sign broke in three pieces, and he stopped inches away from hitting a guardrail!  The damage pictured here was actually much worse before he bent it back.  The tire hit so hard, it came off the rim.  (I’ve had it repaired since this photo.)  The wheel well needs to be replaced completely.  And the bumper may need to be replaced because it is broken where it separates from the headlamp.  I believe the quarter panel can be repaired.  Fortunately, Jeremy and his friend were uninjured, because I wanted the pleasure of killing them to be all mine.  (In all seriousness, I am very thankful he and his passenger were not hurt, and that he wasn’t going fast enough to deploy the airbags… AND that he eventually told me the truth about what happened — only a few hours after he made up a very unbelievable story about being hit while he was parked.  I actually think this accident was a good thing in that it gave him a scare and a good sense of what can happen to even the best of drivers, which I think will help his to be more cautious in the future.)

At any rate, I got two refills on my antibiotics and I’m finally (slowly but surely) getting better.  I haven’t yet felt healthy enough to start my running program, to count calories, or even to write every day.  But I have made some very small steps in the right direction.

I managed to do a lot of research and find numerous literary agents to query who specialize in my books’ genre.  I’ve also written a little (though far less than I’d have liked) on my current work in progress, entitled Judge, Jury, Executioner.  Right now, I’m a little more than three-fourths done with my first draft.

So in conclusion, I’ve not made as much progress as I’d have liked, but at least I didn’t move backward.  I am ever hopeful that next month’s progress report will evidence more progress in all areas.

Let’s talk:  How are you doing on your 2015 goals?  Did you ever take your parents’ car without permission?

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47 thoughts on “February Progress Report

  1. Rachel, I think it’s great that you do a monthly progress report — maybe that’s something I need to do as well. Hope you start feeling better soon. I never get sick, but in November I got the terrible cold-into-bronchitis that was going around and I’m still feeling its effects. So, above all, take good care of yourself first! 🙂

  2. I cunningly didn’t make any 2015 goals and am therefore right on track 🙂

    I’m glad your son and his friend were okay, and that he remembers this incident the next time he’s driving in bad weather.

      • When I get to work on it, it progresses. Clovis changed the whole game on me when he got to NOLA. I think it will make the story better, but now I have to ponder it some more.

      • Oh, cool! NOLA has a lot of rich, “witchy” feel to it, so that should add an air of spookiness. Of course, for me, it just means “worst road trip ever,” but I can see the value to a story like this one. I hope there are a few more (in a row) Clovis chapters like you had with Gina. He’s an interesting guy.

    • Hooray! That’s awesome! So since this will be your last Valentine’s Day in your current home, what special thing are you going to do for Miss Shirley (besides write her a romantic poem)? 🙂 When do the renovations on the new place start?

      • It is looking good – however always one last panic! The couple buying our place live in France so they were not able to do their bit in the chain of exchanging contracts (it all has to happen at exactly the same moment in the chain of purchase) yesterday as planned. So this could now run into early next week before the deal is 100% although our solicitor has told us not to worry as it is just the geography of it all!

      • Oh no! 😦 I hope that doesn’t mess everything up! 😦 You didn’t tell me the buyers were from France… Why didn’t you just exchange homes with them?

      • They are English moving back from France I recall – I really need them to get their act together today. I would love to move to France yet dare not what with the right wing parties threatening to pull us out of the EU. If successful then Brits living abroad within in EU will lose the right of residency. Also what are US politicians doing talking about arming the Ukrainians – do they want to start WW3 off in Europe. Worrying times young Rachel!

      • Yes, plus I would worry about you both in France with that terrorist stuff there! 😦 Okay, so if that bloke doesn’t get on the ball, you should trade in your home for a boat trip to the U.S. and live next to me! 😀

  3. I always say that it’s not about where you are right now, it’s about which direction you’re going. You’re headed the right way, and good for you! Here’s to a better 2015…cheers!

  4. Carrying that card around with you is a great idea, Rachel. My daughter has had her bouts with MRSA too and it is not pretty. I have to say that you made me laugh out loud over the wanting to kill themself yourself remark. Ahhh, I love an honest blogger.

  5. Goals are great but sometimes you have to give yourself a break. Once I had tonsillitis, and ear infection and pneumonia at the same time. I didn’t write for weeks. When it was over, even thought the break was dreadful, I was rejuvenated and wrote better. Life goes in waves, I think, so ride the highs and endure the lows. Best of luck to you. You’ve got the guts.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your health issues but at the same time amazed that you have gotten so much writing in. Oh, and here’s a progress report for you…it seems every time I set aside time to read your book I get interrupted. That being said, I have managed to make it about half way through and hope to get some more done today!

  7. Sorry for how January went, but I know February will be better for you. My January goals were up and down as I was figuring out what I want to focus on in 2015. I finally made up my mind on what to focus on (my writing), so that is one thing I accomplished 🙂

  8. You are one sick kitty, my friend. Yes, that card of yours can be a lifesaver. And you should crown Jeremy for crashing your car AND for taking it without your permission. Your last name is not Hertz nor Avis, and he should not be so Enterprise-ing with your wheels. Freaking young adults. Grrrrrrrrrrr. Get better then ground make him pay with humiliation and money. 🙂

  9. Jeez, lady! You poor thing. I demand you get better at once!
    I never make yearly goals. At least, nothing specific. Vague ideas only because when there are too many goals in front of me, I end up keeping none of them. But I’m glad you’re finally on the mend! Good luck with the querying. It’s a beast, but such a great learning experience.

  10. sounds like you’ve done a lot already, rachel, in spite of thinking you haven’t gotten started yet. get better soon and on to bigger and better things. you are one amazingly strong lady.

  11. Yikes, Rachel! You’ve had some rough times. I’m glad you’re feeling better. That card is a brilliant idea. I don’t have monthly or yearly goals–maybe I should. 🙂 I just make daily “to-do” lists (that I often ignore.) It sounds as though you’ve still done quite a lot even with being sick.
    No, I never took anyone’s car without permission! I hope your son learned his lesson.

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