Oh the curveballs life throws our way.  I caught one of those balls right in the left kneecap last week. While walking my dog Jack I slipped on wet concrete and fractured my patella. Thank god for great neighbors. A ton of folks came out to help me.  It was such a surreal experience.

I’ve had a lot of  health issues over the years but I’d never broken anything. I’d never been in an ambulance. And I’d never been to the ER.

To top off an already crappy day I found out I had another squamous cell cancer on the same leg as the fracture. This will require surgery once the splint/cast comes off.

Just call me Debbie Downer.

A few things I learned while lying on the stretcher in the ER.

-Dilaudid is the best drug ever created. (Disclaimer-kids don’t do drugs.)

-The ER at Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston has the cutest doctors. Mine was fantastic. He was sweet, patient, and explained everything that was happening.

-At certain times ignorance is bliss.

-I have a very strong aversion to the word exposed being used. Specifically when its referring to something that was meant to stay inside the body.

-When I’m in pain modesty goes out the window.

-My sister is the most incredible sister. I knew she was a great older sister (notice how I made sure you knew she was older?) but she blew me away that night, holding my hand every second.

-Just when I didn’t think it possible to love and admire my mom anymore than I do, she amazed me with her selflessness.  Not only is she staying with me while I recover but she’s walking my little dog Buster.  Now you have to understand my mom doesn’t like dogs in any way, shape, or form. But she stepped up and said she’d walk and feed Buster until I was able to. A mother’s love in action.

In case you were wondering, Jack’s on a mini vacation staying with my Uncle Jerry. It was just easier since he’s such a big boy. He’s enjoying a large yard and lots of attention. Jerry has already brought him home for a visit.

So, what does all this mean you guys?

Well, I’m postponing the release of The Dance. I was in the middle of revisions when the fall happened. I could push and rush to get it out by March 23rd but that wouldn’t be fair to you guys.  I won’t short change you. You deserve the best I have to offer. I love the story of The Dance and I’m beyond excited to share it with you. It’s just going to be a little while longer.

Look on the bright side . . . I’m on some awesome pain meds so no tellin’ what type of blog posts will be coming your way in the weeks ahead.

Let’s end this baby on a fun note.

I’m excited to announce that Tweet and Noah are headed to Italy! The Italian publisher De Agostini bought the rights to Present Perfect and will be releasing it in March. They had the reveal of the beautiful cover this week.


I’m so appreciative of all the sweets notes and prayers from readers and author friends. I’ll get through this. The ride is just going to be bumpy for a while.







3 Comments on Life's Balls

  1. clickclickmycat
    February 13, 2016 at 12:40 am (2 years ago)

    Oh My Allison! I am so sorry to hear (read) all this. You poor thing! So many first for you, also. Get yourself better soon, and keep us all up to date. I really am sorry. I got my order from “Blue Apron”, that I won from you, and we loved it. Thank you so much. I just hate it that this happened to you. Faye Gates (jozywails@gmail.com)

  2. Beth Hyams
    February 13, 2016 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    I’m praying for you girl!

  3. Jackie
    February 13, 2016 at 12:58 am (2 years ago)

    Sorry to hear about your boo boo. At least you got to see some nice looking doctors. That is a plus. Hurray for your family! It’s wonderful to be close to them so they can help. Good luck on the pain meds *grins evilly*. Years ago when I had my gallbladder taken out I was given morphine. My husband said I would call him from the hospital while he was at home And I made no sense what so ever. *giggles*. To this day I have no memory of calling or what I ever said to him. Take it easy, get rest, let others help you and best of healing wishes sent your way. Hugs, Jackie O’Donnell



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