I'm very busy raising an eight year old grandson who has cerebral palsy and is blind in one eye.
I'm editing several novels and have completed two illustrated poetry books. Currently I'm looking for interested publishers.
Would love to keep in touch with everyone who enjoys my poetry but there is never enough time. If you'd like updates on what's going on, you'll find it here.
Newsletter Dated: 2/8/2004 9:49:12 AM
Subject: Sandy's Chatterbox
We received disheartening news about Doogie's eyes on Friday. We honestly misunderstood why we were seeing an eye specialist every 3-4 weeks--we thought it was eye pressure problems rather than lens problems.
As it stands now, Doogie has a calcium build-up (yes, a bone) in his right eye that has grown as a result of not having a lens covering the right eye (natural defense mechanism). Although they didn't wish to operate on his eyes so soon, it may be necessary to insert an artificial lens in the right eye or, if the bone is too prominent--has grown too much by our next appointment, March 19th, a corneal transplant.
None of this will change the fact that he's permanent, totally blind but these things going on with his eye, left untreated, could threaten his health and well-being.
So~since I write to relieve stress, I have plunged into editing the novel, Banjos, I wrote in 1992 but put aside whenever my son, Doug, was murdered. I'm only on page 50 of 250 so have quite a ways to go. Forgive me for not writing to each of you separately but to repeat this news repeatedly--hey, I don't have the heart.
Several friends are encouraging me to finish my fictional Gothic American novel (based loosely on some research done long ago) and to try publishing it so I picked it up again. I need, at times, to emerge myself in work.
My doctor said, I had a physical in December, that my 'course of action'--writing--was doing wonders for my blood pressure. For the first time (since age 32) my B.P. medication was CUT BACK! Now I only take 1/2 pill daily. Cool!
Thank you for your friendship, compassion and understanding. I'm grateful.
Your friend always.
Love you all,