Saturday, August 1, 2020

Stacking the Shelves &. Sunday Post (70)

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This month has been a very difficult one for me.  I've been having a lot of health challenges.  I can't hold down most of my food, have been having horrible acid reflux, heartburn, and GI problems.  I've also been having really bad pain running throughout my whole body.  My doctor ordered a ton of tests, because he is concerned.  He is checking me for a compression of the spine, as well as having me to a endoscopy, and sending me to G.I,  My blood pressure has been significantly up, and I've been struggling.  I decided to start juicing again, so I'm taking vitamins, and just eating raw fruits, vegetables, salads, and smoothies right now hoping to improve my health. 

As far as reading this month, I attempted three books, and struggled with all three of them.  I DNF'd The Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth, and am going to give the other two a little more time, but might end up DNFing those as well.  I began Nightfall by Penelope Douglas, and am hoping it will be the book I need to pull me out of my book slump. I didn't blog this month, but hope to get back in to the swing of things.

My daughter starts school on Wednesday, and we will be doing distant learning.  I'm waiting for her new teacher to contact me to see how it will work, but the paperwork said 8-2 instruction via Zoom.  I'm hoping that I will be able to do independent study, because there is no way my daughter can sit in front of a computer for six hours a day.  

I got some really exciting ARC's this month and can't wait to read them.  Sadly, I was turned down for Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews, one of my most anticipated reads of the year.  

Life feels like "Groundhog Day," with the monotony of the same thing happening day after day.  I find myself losing track of what day of the week it is. Being high risk, we are staying inside for the most part, and when we go out it's just for a drive, walking while socially distancing, or picking up food through the drive-thru.  I live in Southern California, and we are one of the hardest hit states right now. 

On my mother's side, my cousin and his family caught COVID, and his wife was in her last month of pregnancy.  My cousin's wife couldn't breathe, was on oxygen, and they had to give her a c-section.  The hospital kept the baby in an incubator to keep him safe. My cousin also went to the hospital for not being able to breath and they sent him home, because there wasn't enough room in the hospital.  His mother-in-law is now on a ventilator, and his father-in-law, two sisters-in-law, 8 year old stepson, and grandfather-in-law all have COVID.  We lost my 48 year old cousin on my dad's side to an unexpected stroke, and I wonder if it was due to COVID as well.  His wife and son got it.  The wife had mild symptoms, but his son had double pneumonia, lost a lot of weight, and was very sick.  My brother-in-law also lost his uncle.  

This thing is more of a reality to me now, and most definitely here.  Another cousin has had repeated exposures because she works in a bank, and they keep having to shut down the bank to clean everything, and get employees tested.  Thankfully, she's been lucky so far.  My sister and brother-in-law, had an exposure, but were lucky thankfully.  I'm hoping we can stay healthy, but at this point I'm wondering if it's not a matter of if we'll get this virus, but when.  How are you all holding up?  I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

Thanks to Berkley Romance, St. Martin's Press, and Entangled Teen


  1. I am so sorry for everything that is going on right now. I hope they can figure out what's wrong with you and make you more comfortable. Good luck with the distance learning. I can't imagine any child could sit in front of a computer for that long.

  2. I am sorry for all you are struggling with right now, Lindy. I hope the doctor is able to figure out what is wrong. I hope school goes well for your daughter. Mine will be doing virtual too--but hers is broken up with three hours of teacher led learning and then three hours of independent studying. At least that is what they are telling us is the plan right now. We'll see. The six hours your daughter is supposed to do in front of the computer does seem excessive. I hope it works out for all of us facing this school year.

    I am so sorry too about how much COVID-19 is affecting your family. It's so frustrating that so many still think it's a hoax or not that serious. We're still hanging in there as best we can. Keeping to ourselves still and only going out when we have to.

    I hope you enjoy your new books. I liked In Five Years. I want to give Lyssa Kay Adams series a try. I keep hearing good things about it.

    Take care of yourself. Stay safe and well.

  3. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues, Lindy. That sounds miserable. I hope you get some answers very soon. And I'm sorry that your family has been hit so hard by COVID. It's so frightening. And yet so many people refuse to take it seriously. I just don't understand.

  4. Well, you have certainly had your fair share and then some, Lindy. Hopefully the tests will help determine what is going on in your body and that your daughter won't be stuck with six hours of on-line instruction. Your family connections have really been hit hard with the virus. Tough times, indeed.
    Bummer about your reading slump. Books are a good way to get away from it all for a bit so hopefully your new Penelope Douglas will help with that. I got Crazy Bromance, too.

    Wishing you a much better August and wishing your relations well.

  5. Gosh, I'm so sorry to hear that so many in your family got the virus. I do hope they figure out what is going on with you so you can feel better.

  6. I'm so sorry you've been having so many health issues. I really hope the doctors can figure out how to best help you! Good luck with it and with your daughter. School is definitely going to be a challenge for us all this year!

  7. wow...that is a full plate. sorry for all the challenges in front of you and your family.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. Lindy you and your family are in my prayers what a month you've had. Some of your symptoms sound like what my daughter was experiencing and her doctor finally after many misdiagnoses learned she has celiac disease and now has to live gluten free. You'd be surprised what they add wheat to. I hope you feel better and that your family recovers with no lasting effects. xo stay safe

  9. I hope everything will be all right fr you

  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues and about your family's battle with COVID-19. That has to be so frightening for the whole family.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about everything you are going through, Lindy. It's so much. Stay safe.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your bad month Lindy. Covid is definitely real and is hitting everyone in different ways. I'm so sorry to hear that it's been hitting your family exceptionally hard. We had some close encounters when my in-laws were here as they don't give a crap about anyone but themselves. It was a measure of trying to keep them at a distance while they were here. I'm sorry you didn't get the book you wanted and that reading was difficult this month. May be due to you not feeling super well.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

  13. Good heavens! When it rains, it pours, yeah? I'm sending prayers your way. For you to stay healthy and your family. I'm so sorry it's hit y'all like this.

    I'm in Cali, too, but up north. We don't have as many cases up here--but, then we have fewer people too.

    I'm sincerely hoping that your August is better than your July. That the doctors can get your health sorted out and that school for your little one doesn't include being on the computer for that long. I know it's a difficult time right now. :(

  14. oh no my darling...I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling so much. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and healing vibes. I hope you can get your health back on track.

    I actually think eventually we will all get this, there is no running away from it. Especially with how it how spreads, I am just trying to live as healthy as I can so that when I do get this (considering my brother got it) I can fight it off easily and recover faster.

    Let me know if you ever need anything. Here for you love.

  15. Wow, your family has been hit hard by Covid! I wonder if you cousin did have Covid (the 48 yr old who died from a stroke) because they've said it does something with the clotting factor of blood and people who had it with relatively mild symptoms have come back with strokes. So scary. I think if you're careful and wear a mask and sanitize well if you go out, or are around anyone not part of your household, you shouldn't get the virus. I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well either! I hope they figure out what's happening and get you back to 100%!

    On top of all that you're having a reading slump? Noooo!!! If it makes you feel any better I got rejected for Emerald Blaze, too! Wasn't too happy, but that'll be one less book I have to review. I'm looking forward to Engagement and Espionage. I'm going to wait for the audio though.

    Take care, Lindy!

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