Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Clone Blog II


Health issues necessitate me writing another one of my clone blogs. Those issues are numerous. Final diagnoses: Pneumonitis; multiple right lung nodules, likely benign, but with no comparison cannot exclude neoplasm; left kidney upper pole low-attenuation exophytic lesion, likely a hyperdense cyst. Must follow up with CT scan in 3 months to compare.

So here I am, at home. Completely exhausted. Everything I do tires me. But I still suffer from insomnia (some things never change), so the night before last while I was awake for several hours, I had a bowl of cereal and watched a movie. The following morning I awoke at 8 a.m. (very late for me), made myself a breakfast smoothie, then became so overwhelmingly tired, I had to rest on the couch where I fell into a coma for several minutes.

I have to admit, I'm a little overwhelmed by what has been happening lately. I think I handled the breast cancer problem quite well. I've always said that nothing scares me more than not breathing. But while still dealing with the lung problem and continuing to take all my asthma and cancer meds, I've had to assimilate what occurred at my oncologist's office the day before yesterday.

During a routine mammogram, something "suspicious" showed up on the breast where I didn't have breast cancer. Whoa! Really? I decided right there that if I have breast cancer again, I'm NOT going through chemo and radiation again. The surgeon who cut out my tumor left a gigantic scar that deformed my right breast. If I have to go through that again, I'm having a double mastectomy.

And the CAT scan I had on my lungs while I was hospitalized showed some sort of growth on my kidneys. My kidneys? Are you serious? And then I remembered this lump that had been on my lower back for the past couple of years. I had asked a doctor what she thought about it, and she thought nothing of it, so I let it go. But now I know that the lump is probably the growth that showed up on the CAT scan. 

So all of these new conditions were found quite by accident but they require me to get another mammogram next week and a CAT scan on my kidneys next week too. 

In addition to those visits, I'm supposed to return to my new GP (who started this whole thing rolling by admitting me – thank you, Dr. Gowda – I'm not being sarcastic – if not for his quick appraisal of my breathing problems, I don't know how quickly my condition would have deteriorated). As a result of all of those tests and doctor visits, I think I'll hold off on seeing the pulmonary doctor again until after I return from Virginia the beginning of July.

If you know me, you will know this is killing me. I can't write for long periods of time, I can't crochet for long periods of time, and I can't do anything that requires physical effort without becoming completely exhausted. I suffer from dizziness and lightheadedness, which, I've discovered may be a result of my persistent low potassium count. The infection still rages in my lungs and if I could just get rid of that one thing, I know I would feel so much better.

So yes, to save myself from even more exhaustion, I have cloned this blog, which appears in all of the following blogs:


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why Writers Sometimes Need Other Jobs


Like many people in the creative field, I derive practically no income from my writing. Not that I expected blogging to pay the bills, but in the three years I've been blogging, I've made a grand total of $600. Jealous? Of course not. And you're probably thinking that $200 a year isn't that bad, but $500 was from this year alone, so yes, if you are calculating right now, it took me two years to make my first $100.

Those first two years were dismal, but I forgave myself because I was going through chemo and radiation. However something had to bring in the cash while I awaited my big break in Hollywood, and the only other thing besides writing that could possible bring in money was my crochet work. So I reasoned, why not sell the items I make while I wait for my screenplays to sell?

At first I considered selling my crocheted items through etsy, eBay, or Craigslist. And then yardsellr became another option, and now that I'm also making jewelry, I've decided that another alternative might be to open my own online shop. An ecommerce website builder would allow me to create a professional website with my own shopping cart and product catalog. I could offer PayPal, integrate shipping methods, generate invoices, allow friends to sell items through my shop, and basically provide all of the services a "real" shop offers, except that most of it would be completed online.

The only thing that bothers me about that scenario is the actual work involved in photographing, packaging, shipping, and receiving payment for each item. I think I will need a "detail" person to handle those facets of the business so I spend can spend my time writing, researching, and crocheting. Any takers?

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