Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2008 - Year of the Snake

by Deb Baker

Whew! 2007 was a fabulous year, personally and professionally. I wrote two-plus mysteries. Not to mention blogging with Killer Hobbies and Midnight Ink authors over at Inkspot. I turned in Dolls & Guise on January 3rd, then sat back to relax. And noticed the pain. Of course, this isn’t the first time my chronic sciatic has reared its ugly head. But suddenly, I have time to notice my excruciating back pain, especially when I sit.

That’s why this is the year of the snake. In Chinese zodiac lingo, I’m a snake. In 2008, I’m going to work on a few ailments. Yesterday, after months of going from one medical doctor to another without relief, I had my first acupuncture treatment. Jury’s still out, although the pain is duller, less intrusive. This isn’t going to be a one-stop-cure-all. I have another appointment on Thursday.

Oh, and a bunch of little black Chinese pills. “Take 12 each day.” “Okay.”

Then I bought an inversion table. It took a while to find. Most stores were sold out. It’s a hot item. Son and husband will put it together for me. Friends and family are in line to try it out.

Next, as sad as it is, I have to spend less time at the computer. No more surfing mystery listservs or googling my titles in the wee hours of the morning and night.

Dear readers and friends, I’m also taking a hiatus from blogging. Camille will move to Tuesdays and Terri Micene, author of two exciting new series (quilting and rubber-stamping) will blog on weekends.

I’m not gone, since I’ll still guest blog and read all your posts from my up-side-down position. Not sure how I’m going to accomplish that, but I’m working on it.

See you later. Maybe we can “hang” out together again soon.

Hui tou jian (see you later),


Kathryn Lilley said...

Oh, Deb, we'll miss you! Take good care of yourself! And please give us a progress report as a guest blogger on a Friday real soon, about your experiences with inversion and acupuncture!

Camille Minichino said...

I think of Deb as our Foundress, not only because she's the one who invited me, but because she answers all our "how to" questions and is always always patient and affirming.
I hope you end up right side up, Deb ... early in this new year, pain free.
And I hope you'll stop by often and reclaim your spot whenever!
best ....

Anonymous said...

I'm not a writer and started faitfully reading this blog because I am a scrapbooker and Joanna is one of my favorite. She mentioned the blog in one of her columns. Deb, I'll really miss you and will have you in my prayers. I hope you'll report in on the acupunture. I find yoga a big help with my aging back. Good luck, my new friend. Alice

Deb Baker said...

Thank you! I'll still be in the background following up on all my friends and their exciting adventures. Alice, thanks for being part of our family.

Monica Ferris said...

Best of recoveries, Deb! Maybe you can pop in now and again and let us know how your treatments are going?

Joanna Campbell Slan said...


It was fate that led us to "get together" and cook up this crazy idea. I'm so thankful for the opportunity--and I'll keep you in my prayers. My family has had awesome response from acupuncture.