Part of that has been surgery for endometriosis, which I am recovering from as I write. I am on the mend, and my surgery turned out as well as could be expected, which was very good news to me.
But my incisions are arguing with my laptop! Am I the only writer out there who likes to write lying down on the couch? I theorize that there's no strain to my brain and my words can easily flow while I'm in this position.
In an attempt to ward off future surgeries, I intend to add another hobby to my list: running.
I've never been much of a runner. In fact, I've always wondered about people who run pointlessly, with no bear or other beast in hot pursuit behind them.
But I understand from medical research that I will have a 70% reduced risk of ending up back on my surgeon's table if I strap on my running shoes. So there really is a bear behind me!
I have bought the running shoes, and I have been doing some walking as I recover from my surgery. Still, I am very smug in the knowledge that I MUST wait another three weeks before I can start my couch to 5K program.
I hope I like running. I REALLY hope I like running because I REALLY hate surgery. This was my third surgery since 2007, and my surgeon and I have a bargain. If I can make it another five years, he thinks that I will be okay and not need any further surgery, at least for this malady.
In the meantime, my incisions are just going to have to knuckle under. I have a manuscript that needs to be finished and revised by February 15 if I am to keep my promise to my wonderful editor Kathryn Lye -- and I intend to do that.