Like many of you, I suspect, I’ve spent the last weeks trying to recover from some mysterious illness undiagnosed by my doctor. I say undiagnosed because despite having every single symptom of H1N1 (swine) flu, my medical practice chooses not to test unless a patient has just stepped off the plane from Mexico. I’d stepped off a plane, all right, but one from Ohio, and therefore lost that lottery.
So all those statistics about where swine flu is and isn’t in this country? Suspect. And all those stores of Tamiflu being laid in for an epidemic? Well, there is no epidemic if there’s no diagnosis, and therefore, no helpful drugs administered.
Am I unhappy about this? Nah. . . . I love being told not to bother coming into the office, because I probably just have a cold. Then my personal favorite: it doesn’t matter if I have regular flu or swine flu anyway. (Somebody ought to explain that to the CDC.)
My rant is complete. Here’s the good stuff. Illness can be surprisingly fruitful. Without the energy and necessary concentration to work on Fortunate Harbor, I’ve been working on ideas to promote Happiness Key. Having a brain that’s “flipping through the channels” is an asset when promotion’s the question. Yesterday I finished something really fun for my readers, something new and different. Prizes are attached, of course. I’ll be telling you more very soon. But the best place to learn about that will be right here on this blog, so stay tuned.
Furthermore, as a get-well gift, my wonderful publisher just sent me a reader coupon for $1.50 off Happiness Key. The coupon will appear in my email and print newsletters. So make sure you’re signed up for one or both. You can sign up for the email version here on my website under Get In Touch–Join Mailing list. Here’s the link if you’re feeling lazy, or recovering from that undiagnosed illness. If you prefer the print version–created by my talented graphic artist daughter-in-law–then send me your name and address and I’ll make sure you’re added to the list.
There’s still so much to do to get ready for the debut of Happiness Key. But at least I’m back on the road. I wish all of you reading this good health, happy immunity, and excellent medical care.