ROW80: In the Belly of the Beast, Week 4


Hi, y’all ROW80-ers!  Still 2 hrs before the end of Sunday at this end of the American continent, so I still got my post in, right?
Many of you know that my youngest (11 yrs old) had surgery on Thursday at Children’s Hospital for a congenital abnormality in his kidney, which we had just learned about the hard way when he got really sick a few months ago.  So it’s been feeling a bit like I’m living in two different universes over the past few days.  So I’m sure this check-in will reflect that disconnect.  Bear with me, folks.



My goals:
1. Check-ins on Sundays

It’s Sunday?  Time seems suspended, where days of the week aren’t really named.  We’ve been counting it in bodily function milestones and nursing shift changes.  7am, or 7pm?  Look out the window.

2. Blog posts on Tues/Fri schedule.

Yep, I did it, and wrote my Friday post ahead of time, asked a few fab tweeps and WWBCers to check and see if it really came out on Friday and wasn’t gibberish, since I figured I wouldn’t have reliable internet at the hospital (I didn’t).  The one time I had internet and looked for tweets and didn’t see them, I was bummed, until I realized that it was still Thursday and not Friday yet!  It was a very long day, LOL.

3. Research/write new historical mystery for WWBC group.

Before the surgery I was a writing fiend, and got really far on my antagonist character profile.  I’d been hoping to finish before the day of the surgery, but it didn’t work out.  I brought my laptop to the surgery waiting room and got a surprising amount of writing done.  One little boy kept running over to me while I was typing away; probably making sure I was giving my antagonist sufficient motivation for his heinous deeds.  I could see it in his eyes.

4. Support fellow writers/bloggers.

Yes, between last Sunday and Wednesday; since then, not so much, although I’ve tried to catch up.  Yes, I heard the collapse of Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader all the way from Washington, DC.  Oh, the humanity!

5. Exercise.

Do you hear me laughing?  I’m laughing for my son, too, whose abdominal muscles can’t take the strain right now.  Hey, someone has to do it.
Next week has to be better; even if it isn’t, hey, at least I’m not playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl!

So how are my fellow ROWers doing!  Hope all of you have had a great week!

Until next time,



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13 thoughts on “ROW80: In the Belly of the Beast, Week 4”

  1. JessJess

    Wow, I hope your son recovers quickly! I admire you keeping up with your goals so well despite being a worried mama. Great job…I hope this week goes smoothly for you!

  2. Karen McFarlandkKaren McFarlandk

    Oh Kathy, look at you. You made your post! Hooray! How is your son? My goodness. Isn’t life crazy these days? My husband was just in two weeks ago, I know how you must be feeling. You did great Kathy. And I’m sure that it’s going to take a couple of days to catch up to the world. The world outside of the hospital. Because it is another world in there. Hang in there Kathy! 🙂

  3. Lynn KelleyLynn Kelley

    I hope your son is recovering with flying colors, Kathy. Poor little guy. Isn’t that the hardest part about being a parent, when our kids are sick or hurting? Keep us posted on his progress, and hang in there! It’s amazing that you’re keeping up with your posting, Twitter, etc.!

  4. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    LOVE the ROW80 update! You should be so proud of yourself this week, Kathy. Believe it or not, you’re ROCKIN’ the ROW. 🙂

  5. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    You had a great week in spite of it all. I hope your son is doing well. One of the hardest tasks as mom is to stand by and watch your child endure illness or injury. I’m sure your head has been full of worry, but I hope your heart is full of comfort as well. We’re out here cheering for you!

  6. Eden MabeeEden Mabee

    To have such a flow halting week and to still have so much done, it’s pretty wonderful. I really hope your son feels better (as soon as possible), and that he gets to laugh with you soon too. It really is great for both body and soul.

    Best until next week.

  7. Gloria RichardGloria Richard

    Jiminy Cricket, Kathy!

    I thought “the grounding prong broke off my laptop and I’m without it for a week” would be a dandy excuse for missing the Row 80 check-in (again).

    YOU dealt with so much and stayed on task. I am in awe. Hope the little guy is doing well now.

  8. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    So glad to hear Corey is on the mend. Here’s to a smooth recovery! We are keeping him in our prayers!
    You had a kickin’ ROW80 week…wow! I bet your antagonist is shaping up nicely!! Woot woot!
    Take care of you and your family darlin’! We will all be here when you get back to routine. :))) Hugs!!!


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