It’s time for another “Health Adventures with Becka”! I know, Aledans, I’m getting sick of the health adventures too. You turn thirty and suddenly your body is the wrong kind of wonderland.
I’ve still got this horrible cough left over from the flu three weeks ago, and while I was getting an adjustment at the chiropractor on Tuesday I had a coughing fit. Which apparently made a light bulb go off in his head, and he said he was going to check for something. He started pressing around my stomach just beneath my ribs, and it turns out I had a hiatal hernia, which is when your stomach slips above your diaphragm. It can cause all sorts of weird symptoms that can’t be diagnosed (even heart issues, since it’s pushing up into your heart/lung region). Hmmmm, interesting. So he pushed it back down where it belongs, which felt really strange, and sent me on my merry way. And guess whose blood pressure has been a little higher since then? And guess who hasn’t had heart palpitations since then? (And guess whose dog jumped on her stomach this morning and probably gave her another hernia?)
So we’ll see what happens with that. If my heart problem was that my stomach was trying to take over my chest cavity, well, I won’t know whether to laugh or cry. Probably laugh, because what else are you going to do when you hear something so ridiculous? I went to the cardiologist the next day and got a passing grade (despite the low blood pressure) so I don’t have to go back for another year unless I have another crazy episode in my heart. And if I do have another crazy episode, the first thing I’m checking for is a hernia.
In other news, I finished the final read-through! I even got a little teary in one scene, which I totally didn’t expect. And I still really like the changes I made in the re-write, so it’s time to really start querying. I’ve been testing the waters a little, getting some feedback (mostly no, but you gotta smile when you get a request!), and now it’s time to go full-speed ahead.
It’s also time to start working on Apollo. I’m going to do some beta reading while I work out the changes that need to be made, and I plan to start re-writing Apollo by March at the latest. I hope to have the re-write done by the end of May (I wrote the first draft during NaNo, so I figure two months should be enough – it’s not nearly as long as Nameless). Then spend the summer editing, and start querying in the fall. If nothing’s come of Nameless by then I’ll start working on Book of Souls.
Here’s hoping I won’t have yet another adventure in health next week. Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans!