Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction--March 25, 2013

Step in the Write Direction

March 25, 2013
(A little longer than usual; sorry!)
It’s been a crazy, tiring week. After my husband (Gary) was admitted to the hospital last Sunday for a high potassium level, they discovered he had a bacterial infection in the colon called—for short—C Diff. They put him in isolation and we had to wear gowns, gloves, etc. He came home Tuesday, but will be on the antibiotic Vancomycin for the next two weeks…In the meantime, they said the diuretic he was on for congestive heart failure—spiralactone—caused the high potassium, so they took him off that. Within the next few days he gained eight pounds, his stomach is bloated, and his ankles and right leg are swollen, so we’ll find out tomorrow what they’ll do for that…
Also, they said the C Diff was caused by the antibiotic Augmentin which he’s taken for 13 years. (He had osteomyelitis in his foot years ago and they had set an appointment to amputate, then it got better, but as soon as he went off the Augmentin, it came back, so the infectious disease specialist told him to stay on it for the rest of his life.) His primary care doctor told him Friday that when he finishes the Vancomycin, he could go back on the Augmentin…
As if that weren’t enough, Monday, April 1, he has an echocardiogram to check on the blood clots in the heart they found last September (he’s on Coumadin for that); will find out the results on April 15, then on April 22, he’ll have surgery to replace his second defibrillator which hasn’t even lasted two years. Complication from that: Normally they would just unscrew the lead wires, take out the old device, put in the new one, then rescrew the lead wires, BUT two of the three lead wires are bad and will have to be replaced. Unfortunately, one of the bad ones is the third one which requires a different surgery and a different surgeon. So he’ll be released after the first surgery, recuperate, and then go back for the second surgery. Added to all this is the fact he’s a diabetic. (Won’t even go into the other 12 diseases he has!) So—as you can guess, we really appreciate your prayers!
I’m supposed to go to Amarillo April 12 to teach at a conference on the 13th, so will have to let them know within the next couple of days if I can still make it.
Thought for the Day:
“If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me and if my life if fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me” (John Bunyan, quoted in The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren).
To go along with this, an unknown person said, “Never let others’ compliments go to your head or their criticisms go to your heart.”
Laugh for the Day:
From a woman in New Hampshire: “I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so this year, I decided to join a fitness club and start exercising. I signed up for an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour…but by the time I got my leotard on, the class was over.”
Writer’s Tips: (organization, continued)
After purchasing necessary equipment such as a computer, printer, and desk, below is a list of other supplies to keep on hand.
Toner—can get refilled at some office supply stores
Paper—copy paper fine (not “Xerox” paper; “Xerox” is a trade name, not an adjective).
Go in with other writers and buy a case.
Pens, pencils, paper clips
Envelopes—#10, 9x12, priority
Address labels
Scotch tape; scissors
Maps, travel brochures
Stapler, staples, ruler
Tape recorder—tapes and batteries if you’re not using digital recorder
Camera, film, batteries, memory cards
Index cards
Rubber bands
Postage, postage scale (but anything over 13 ounces has to be mailed at a post office)
Legal/steno/scratch pads
File folders
Telephone message pads
Business card holder
Telephone/address/Internet address book
A “Do not disturb/Writer at work” sign (unless they bring chocolate!)
Use this list to keep track of your writing expenses. As a writer, you are considered self-employed and will have to file a Schedule C. All of your writing and speaking income will be taxable; however, your business expenses are deductible as well. You may want to purchase two sets of supplies: one for the family and one for your office.
Have a good week spreading the gospel through the printed page!
Donna Goodrich

"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"
"The Freedom of Letting Go"

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