Friday, 12 March 2010

Slight interruption of service...



About 3 weeks ago I took a couple of pictures of my desk, which were going to be the basis of a blog post. Didn't get around to writing it because I had a slightly stiff back, which progressed into a sore leg, which escalated into a shooting pain from my back, down to my toes. Several visits to the doctor later I was introduced to the lovely MRI scanner. To distract you from the confines of the scanner, they get you into the most uncomfortable position possible, before switching on the road digger sound effects. An interesting experience! This discovered the slipped disc, introduced me to some extremely strong painkillers, and finally an epidural which may have done the trick. Although I'm still sore and walk at the speed of my Gran, it's a big improvement!

So, back to the pictures. I was going to write about the alarming quantity of writing advice books I seem to own, and the time I spend reading them, but I seem to have broken that habit (Those are just the ones I was reading, there's a whole shelf...) For the last 3 weeks I've not touched them, and though haven't been able to write much, I have done a lot of thinking. Getting away from the books has enabled me to focus on my story, rather than ways of analysing it. I'm fairly sure I now have it as I want it, and just need to write the bits I'm missing!


So hopefully normal service is about to resume, and I can go back to writing, complete with moisturising gloves and socks... Oh, the glamour.

8 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

Hope you're feeling better really soon. I hated having an MRI scan as I'm seriously claustrophobic, so it totally freaked me out.

Karen said...

I've had an MRI scan before too, and don't envy you - glad you're feeling much better now :o)

I've got most of those writing books too, they're gathering dust behind the computer!

Captain Black said...

I hope you have a speedy recovery and are pounding again soon.

Lorna F said...

Oh Denise, hope you're feeling lots better now! I've never had an MRI but have always thought it would be a freaky experience. As for the writing books - yes, we all have shelves of the things (and I think they breed at night ...) In my well-known position as Queen of Displacement Activity I find advice books a wonderful distraction!

Denise said...

Helen - thanks, getting better. A friend told me she went in with her eyes shut and felt less scared, but I forgot to try that!

Karen - Hopefully mine will gain some dust soon, and I'll be writing not reading...

Cap'n - Really!

Lorna - Thanks, am getting there slowly! Breeding you say? That explains a lot...

JJ Beattie said...

OMG, a slipped disc? Ouch. I hope it heals soon.

Yes, I could open a well stocked library with the number of how to writing books I've got. It's embarrassing frankly.

I don't know why you weren't on my feeds but I've put you on now.

Debs said...

I've never had an MRI scan, but my mil has and said it wasn't pleasant at all. I hope your back improves and you're much better soon.

I have to admit that I own copies of at least four of those books too.

Denise said...

JJ - thanks, is getting better slowly. A well stocked library of such books is something to admire!

Debs - Given the size of the books on writing section in some bookshops, I think a lot of us own quite a few!