Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Life experiences

Hello, everyone!

A couple years ago, I attended a talk by a popular author where she suggested that if we have a big life experience of any kind, we should use it in a book. And so, for my November release, I did. 🙂

I fell and broke my wrist in February of 2018 and had to have surgery. One lesson learned? DO NOT try to walk on ice in slippery boots when you thought more than once that you might fall if you kept going!

So a titanium plate with six screws now hold my bones together. I worked with occupational therapists three times a week for months (my hand was more swollen than most, post-surgery, and they told me I was so ‘special’ I had to have therapy longer than usually necessary!) I don’t know if you’ve ever worked with occupational or physical therapists, but they were awesome and managed to make a painful chore almost fun.

Having only one usable hand was horribly handicapping. We take for granted having everything working the way it should, until it doesn’t, don’t we? It was extremely difficult to wash my hair and virtually impossible to dry it so that it looked presentable, and I had to accept that I would look disheveled for a while! Once I started trying to cook dinner, I couldn’t chop anything so I had to buy pre-chopped onions and such. Had to ask hubby to pour out pasta water, or pick up a big pot, or whatever. Had to wear loose-fitting, elastic waist pants I could pull up with one hand. Couldn’t tie my sneakers. Couldn’t type, or play piano. It was NOT FUN.

Here’s my sad face as I felt none-too-good the day of the surgery, with soup and toast and flowers on a tray that my sweet hubby fixed for me. And my crazy swollen hand after they took the cast off. Looks like a latex glove blown up, doesn’t it? HA!

Me, Sad after wrist surgeryMe, swollen hand

It was a drag to go through, but I’m certainly blessed that I was able to get it fixed and eventually heal. While it’s never going to be quite back to normal again, I can do everything I want, and can’t ask for anything more than that.

So I thought, ah-ha! A life experience I should use in a story! Which is why my November release, Second Chance With The Surgeon, features an orthopedic surgeon hero and an occupational therapist heroine. The heroine breaks her wrist and has to ask her ex-husband to help with the dogs that she took custody of after their divorce, and it ends up that she has to stay with him for a few days post-surgery as well. Being together again reminds them of all the reasons they parted – and all the reasons they loved one another, once. As they begin to understand better what happened between them, will they try again, or is it too simply too late?

Have any of you suffered broken bones or injuries that were difficult to recover from, and how are you now? Anything you learned from the experience?

You might remember that I also had an October release, set in Antarctica. So I’m sharing both covers. Happy November! xoxo

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12 thoughts on “Life experiences”

  1. Wow, that picture of your hand sure takes me back!
    I broke one of the little bones in my hand during a sparring session in tae kwon do class — I fell on my knuckles while executing a high kick, and my poor hand swelled up too! It’s amazing to realize how many simple activities require use of both hands. Makes me admire people who have to cope with permanent changes to their abilities.
    I wonder if you tried dictating your work while your hand was healing. I’m trying to teach myself to dictate, but it’s hard to establish the new habit.

    1. Ouch, that sounds painful, Saralee! Poor you.

      I thought exactly the same thing you did – I knew I’d eventually be more functional again, but so many people have to deal with permanent disabilities, and it does give you a new appreciate for their struggles.

      I actually did try dictating, but got very frustrated. I think it was harder because I was trying to revise, and that felt impossible. But I’ve heard so many people say that, while there’s a learning curve when you have to be patient, eventually it’s worth learning to dictate a first draft. Goals! 🙂

  2. Hi Robin! Love the cover, and I can’t wait to read the book! I’m so glad you were able to use this experience as inspiration. I’ve never broken any bones, but I did have both feet operated on at the same time (years ago). I didn’t have a hot guy to help me out during recovery. Just my dad, who left my pain medicine WAY out of reach, then went outside to mow the lawn. Ha!

    1. Both feet at the same time, Susan?? I thought they didn’t do stuff like that! Sounds pretty terrible. Especially with no hot guy to help, and your dad leaving you on you own to go mow. Too funny! xoxo

  3. Broke bones from the time I was 4 ( my left leg) on. From fingers to my right leg in half , all the bones in my ankle to my foot . Painful and never funny. All I can say in Morphine and I became good friends at one point. Lol. Spent lots of time on morphine drips .

  4. Yikes. That hand looks painful. I’ve never broken a wrist, but when I was dancing I used to get stress fractures in my feet a lot. Ouch. Glad you’re mended now and back to writing your fabulous books, Robin! ❤

    1. Stress fractures in your feet sound pretty bad, Traci! Glad you’re mended, too – thanks for your sweet words 🙂

  5. Hi Robin
    That must have been so painful for you but I am glad that things have improved, I did break a toe and a rib once that rib break was very painful, I have been helped by physio therapists after shoulder surgery a couple of times and they are so positive and lovely they really are an asset to the medical profession.

    Have fun


    1. Helen, I’ve heard that broken ribs are horribly painful! So sorry you went through that. And, yes, I should have included surgeries in my question because I know several people who’ve benefitted greatly from therapy after surgery to get mobile again. Hope your shoulder is pretty functional now, and pain-free 🙂 oo

    1. You’re the sweetest, Amy! I’ve been worried about the terrible wildfires near you – sending hopeful thoughts your way that it’s contained soon xoxo

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