Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Five

(I'm actually writing this on Thursday night, but hey, it's almost Friday)

1. Waiting is hard. At any stage, or in any process. Waiting for a critique to come back, waiting for an agent to respond, waiting to go on submission, waiting for an editor to get back to you, waiting for your book to come out, waiting for royalty statements. And in non-writing related subjects, waiting to get medical test results, waiting at an ER, waiting for a baby to be born, waiting for your child to sleep through the night... oh, you get the idea. Good thing I'm such a patient person. Ha ha. Ha.

2. Wanna know a great way to make your day insanely unproductive? Spend half of it in an ER and get sent home looking like a lab rat or science experiment gone seriously wrong. Nothing too horrible (I hope) but I've got some stuff going on with my heart. You know what I don't need right now? More health problems. So, I've decided to tell my heart to get its act in gear, and shape up. I've got enough going on without it messing up too. Are you listening heart? No more! Beat normally! I do all this stuff called exercise for a reason - to keep you healthy. Or, at least, that's one reason. So start behaving!

3. It's hard to get dressed with tons of wires strapped/taped/glued to your body. Just sayin'.

4. No, I am not looking for pity, I just have this stuff on the brain right now, since I just spent the last seven hours dealing with it. On the bright side, I didn't get admitted. Yay for small victories.

5. I love reading. It can distract me from just about anything. Even the horrible stabbing, burning pain of potassium being dripped straight into your blood through a (very badly done) I.V. Also, reading can help you pass hours and hours of time while waiting. (see #1)

Um, in other nonrelated thoughts that are probably more interesting to you than the rest of these, I am so excited for my friend Ally Condie who just announced her amazing book MATCHED has had the film rights bought by Disney! (In a bidding war, how exciting is that??) I'm thrilled for you Ally! Can't wait to see Cassia and Ky and Xander on the big screen.
Also - Elana Johnson just revealed her GORGEOUS cover! Go check it out now (as if you haven't already).

Your thoughts are bound to be more interesting than mine this week, so lay it on me. What are your thoughts today?


Stephanie McGee said...

The burn of potassium is natural but can be avoided if they drip it in slowly enough. It sounds like they should have added a numbing agent so that the injection site wouldn't hurt. (My mom went through the same process a few years back when she was really sick.)

Hope the docs figure it out soon and that you can get back to life as usual.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I hope you're feeling healthy soon. What you're going through kind of puts the waiting to hear back from CPs, agents, etc in perspective.

sraasch said...

Health problems SUCK. Here's to hoping you feel better soon. I'll talk to the Universe for you:

Dear Universe, You know what would make Sara feel even better? A book deal. It sounds like you owe her, so GET ON THAT. Love, Other Sara

Sara B. Larson said...

Stephanie - yeah, once I told the nurse it was so painful, she hooked it up to some saline to dilute it and then it was fine. And thank you!

Stina - Thank you, and yes it does. However, I wouldn't mind some good news to offset the stress. ;)

Sara - Ha ha ha, you totally made me giggle. That was awesome. Universe, you'd better be listening to her! :D

C.E. said...

Feel better!

Melody said...

Whoa, crazy!
And wow, #2 really reminded me of a post by another blogger when their daughter was in the hospital with heart surgery:

Angie said...

Oh, dear. I hope it turns out all right. When it comes to waiting (on the writing side of things) I try to send it off and forget about it. That makes it easier. Good luck with everything!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Congrats to Ally! But I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having health issues :( Keeping you in thoughts and prayer, sweetie. Hang in there.

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your heart. I'm praying for you that things go much smoother.

That's awesome news for Elana and Ally! I love seeing great things happen to wonderful people!

Elana Johnson said...

I'm sorry about your heart. I hope everything winds up okay.

Thank you for giving me a shout-out. You're so kind!

Christine Fonseca said...

Yep - health problems seriously SUCK!!! Elana's cover IS amazing....and yes, writing is just plan HARD.

Hope you feel better. {{hugs}}

Russo said...

Oh my goodness, what a crazy night you had. I hope that you are feeling better. I am sending all my good vibes your way.

PS-Do you know what I admire about you, girl? You had a health scare and yet you still posted about your friends movie rights news. You are incredible.

WindyA said...

I just lived through a whole and hole heart incident. Yes, I totally get you on the difficulty getting dressed with that stuff glued to your body! Hope it all works out!

DL Hammons said...

My thoughts all involve admiration! Your body is putting you through so much crap and still all of your posts come across as vibrant, bouyant, incredibly positive. That is a rare trait...and I look up to you for that.

That's enough mushy stuff...time now to watch college football, eat pizza, and somehow forget to take a shower. :)

DLCurran said...

Just wandered onto your blog - hope your health issues work out quick for you. Best wishes. :) ~shakes hand~ Good to meet you!

Sara B. Larson said...

Russo and DL H- Thank you so much for making me feel like this was still an uplifting(ish) post. Your comments made me feel so happy. Thank you.

And thank you everyone else for your well wishes, I appreciate them more than you know!

Jemi Fraser said...

I've spent more than my fair share of time waiting for doctors in the past couple of weeks - it's no fun at all! Hope you're feeling totally well very soon!