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!
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