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It’s a Long and Ugly Story, Dear Readers,

January 10th, 2009

but suffice it to say for the moment that there have been some changes in my appearance schedule, which was already abbreviated, for a book launch. Last Tuesday I took my husband to the emergency room with what turned out to be acute kidney failure, and he’s still there, undergoing every test medical science has yet devised. Seems he has a blockage in both kidneys – large stones in the ureters, which they were unable to remove the ordinary way because of their size and since his kidneys were so huge and swollen and backed up. So, the put tubes in both his sides and his kidneys are draining into bags. The doc says the tubes will have to stay in for several weeks, then they’ll go back and get the stones. He’s doing well, kidney-wise, much improved. He should be able to go home soon, if all goes as planned. However, they have discovered some other problems they want to check out (are there more problems than he already has?), so there are several tests to come. But if nothing else rears its scary head, the doc is hoping he’ll be home early next week sometime.

So – needless to say, I didn’t make the Jan 10 signing in Oro Valley, nor will I be able to go to Glendale on the 14th. I’m still going to do the actual launch for The Sky Took Him on January 17, since it’s local and will only last a few hours, unless the unforeseen happens. I’m trying to renegotiate the Feb 14 date in Tucson, but thus far am planning on the Feb 15 date. By that time I expect I can do a day trip, with the help of friends, but I won’t be able to be away from home for two days and a night. March and April still stand. I insist that this whole nightmare be wrapped up by then.

I’ll try to fill you in a bit on the fun details of these last few days here and over on Type M as soon as I can. Until then, send me your good thoughts, come to the book launch if you can. I’m about to find out how well a book release can go with minimal input from the author.

p.s. On January 10, a guest blog I did for Poe’s Deadly Daughters came up. If you’re interested in what inspired me to write The Sky Took Him, go over to www.poesdeadlydaughters.blogspot.com and have a look.

6 Responses to “It’s a Long and Ugly Story, Dear Readers,”

  1. Janice Ben

    Donis, Hope all goes well for you and your husband , your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,Keep us posted when you can. The book was great, ready for the next, Janice

  2. Lesa Holstine

    Oh, Donis. I’m sending prayers your way. And, here are my good thoughts for you. I published my review of your book on my blog today, Jan. 13. I loved The Sky Took Him. And, usatoday.com picked up the review, but the link isn’t working, and I can’t find it there right now. If it starts to work, I’ll send it to you.

    And, I’ll be there on Saturday, with hugs for you. Take care of yourself.

    Hugs, Lesa

  3. Donis Casey

    Oh, thank you, Lesa. (Lesa’s blog is at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com, by the way.

  4. Lesa Holstine

    Hi Donis,

    The link for usatoday.com is http://tinyurl.com/79q39z. Lots of hugs and prayers.

    Lesa

  5. Jude Johnson

    Hi Donis,

    Good vibes being sent your way for you and your husband.

    Best Wishes for your book launch. I’m looking forward to meeting you in February, if the Fates allow. Ah, and more new books to read, YES!

    ~Jude

    Forum Director
    The Society of Southwestern Authors
    Tucson

  6. Donis Casey

    Thanks, Jude. I’m looking forward to meeting you, too.

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