#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Phew! I made it!

First, our winners: Patrice Tinsley and Marilyn Costich, who will each receive a copy of–wait for it–“The Marriage Season”, nearly two weeks before its official release date.  :)  Since I’ll be traveling next week, or hope to be, we’re running the contest a little differently this time around.  The rules are the same: two winners will be chosen at random and receive copies of the new book.  The difference is, Jenni will draw the names and notifiy them on Friday instead of Monday, just this once.

Now, about that PHEW!  I’ve been feeling achy for almost ten days now, and I kept thinking it would go away, the pain I mean, but of course it didn’t.  So today I went to the doctor.  A big deal was made; I had a chest x-ray AND an EKG–no sign of significant problems.  (Gratitude Journal Entry #1 for today.)  Still, I feel pretty crummy and my temp was 101.1–not bubonic plague, I know, but the thing is, I never run a fever.  The final diagnosis was pleurisy, for which there is no apparent cure.  Alas.  I have to wait it out, rest and drink fluids, which is pretty much what I already knew, and the main reason I resisted going in for as long as I did.  (Plus, I’m stubborn.  It runs in the Lael family.)

Mother’s Day was great–I hope you all had a happy one as well.  My brother Jerry drove over from Kittitas, WA, picked up Mom at her condo, and they met Wendy, Jeremy and me at our favorite Mother’s Day hangout, the Onion.  Mom was her usual spunky self, sporting a very spiffy pair of turquoise glasses.  :)  She’s always marched to her own drumbeat, which is one of about a million and one things I love about her.  We definitely missed the other two sibs, Sally and Pam, but they both live pretty far away, Sally in Oregon and Pam on the other side of the state. 

So far so good on the jury-duty front.  I called in tonight and the recording said no jurors were needed.  Another phew.  I take my responsibilities as a citizen very seriously, but I’m not a hundred percent at the moment, physically, anyway.  Also, there are things  I need to do before taking off for Gettysburg next Monday.

More tomorrow.  Stay safe and well.


51 comments to “Phew! I made it!”

  1. Teresa F
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:29 pm · Link

    Oh my hope you are feeling better!! Fevers can be scary no matter what age, so take care

  2. Peggy Rubach
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:29 pm · Link

    I hope you feel better soon!

  3. Roberta Giordano
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Glad it was nothing real serious. Hope you feel better soon. I have never heard of pleurisy. Will have to look it up. Hope your week goes great

  4. Gloria
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:32 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Patrice Tinsley and Marilyn Costich!

    Linda, I pray you soon feel better, and get through with jury duty so you can go on your trip.

    I remember my mama saying she had side-pleurisy. Is it the same thing?

    Get well!

  5. Laska Bull
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:34 pm · Link

    Take care of yourself and rest lots. Will be praying for your good health and quick recovery.

    ~Laska Bull

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Congrats to Patrice and Marilyn on there win. So sorry you are feeling a little under the weather Linda. Hope you feel better soon!! I am patiently waiting on that new book of yours!!

  7. Diane Sallans
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:38 pm · Link

    one of my favorite teenage books was ‘Mrs. Mike’ and I still remember that it mentioned she had Pleurisy – time to pamper yourself with lots of rest and strengthening comfort foods.

  8. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners.

    And better health and wellness to you,.Linda.

  9. Pam paterakis
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Hope you are better real soon. Safe travels!

  10. Patti
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners!
    Hoping you feel better soon.

  11. Virginia H
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I feel your pain, I had pleurisy many years ago and it was pretty painful and made it hard to breath. It did get better and I haven’t had a problem since, knock on wood. Mother’s day was quiet here husband had to work and son was sick, but we did get to go out to eat the week before. :-P Take care of yourself and I hope you are feeling better soon.

  12. midge watkins
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:56 pm · Link

    I’m so glad you are not in the ICU ward. I thought pleurisy
    came with pneumonia (and it does sometimes), but I guess it
    attacks on it’s own, too. Take it easy. It’s just wrong to be sick
    in this beautiful weather. We want you on top of your game
    when to do the big Gettysburg thing. We are all expecting a
    fabulous book (or more) to come out of that! Have a great trip.

  13. carole
      · May 11th, 2015 at 9:58 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! feel better soon!

  14. Janey McAnulty
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:09 pm · Link

    Take care of yourself first. Pleurisy is no fun! Prayers for your speedy and complete recovery!

  15. Terri Shortell
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I am so jealous right now. Lol. I’m sorry you don’t feel well Linda. What an inconvenient time to be sick. Right before your trip. Have fun in Gettysburg. That is one of the places on my To Visit list.

  16. Colleen
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Am sure that the winners are very excited to get their hands on your latest book. I can hardly wait for it to arrive in my favourite bookstore.

    Hope that you are feeling better soon, it does take awhile to recover from pleurisy, I know from this past winter.

    Take care, Colleen

  17. margy hawkins
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:23 pm · Link

    I sure hope you feel better soon!! My daughter just got over the same thing. Don’t forget to get lots of rest, also.

  18. Diana E
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Sorry your not feeling very well, Linda. Hopefully you will improve every day and your number will be skipped this week. I had pleurisy years ago a couple weeks after giving birth toy daughter, don’t remember any details except I had to stop nursing her.
    Prayers that you feel better soon. Blessings.

  19. Leanna
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Hope you will feel better! I had pleurisy when I was in junior high and it was no fun. I thought I had it again a couple of years ago, turns out I pulled a muscle in my rib cage. Have a nice trip next week!

  20. Pamela Devereux
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:45 pm · Link

    Sorry you are not feeling. Glad you had a great time with your mom and some siblings on Mother’s Day.

    I just wanted to let you know that I am reading Sweet Talk and yesterday I finished Interlude. I loved it. G.W’s son Henry is a pistol. Duke and his stories. Annabell’s and Duke’s on again off again relationship. Cassidy coming home to plan her wedding only she is having second thoughts. Her best friend Shelby is not letting her off the hook. Just a fun, fun read.

    Thank you for writing this novella for such a good cause.

  21. ruth
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:54 pm · Link

    Hope you have wonderful and safe travels this week!

  22. Lynn
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:56 pm · Link

    I have a tendency to get that too. I was told 2 Advil four times a day for a while. I think 4 weeks. Good luck Sweetie. Feel better soon.

  23. Linda Holmes
      · May 11th, 2015 at 10:59 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better. Have a good time on your trip.


  24. Kelley Morrow
      · May 12th, 2015 at 12:25 am · Link

    Congrats to the winner’s. Hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day. I enjoyed every minute of mine! It was bittersweet this year but it was the best. Linda, I pray you get better real soon! I can’t wait for the new Charm story, I know I will love it! Don’t forget the chicken soup and orange juice.

  25. Pat Parker
      · May 12th, 2015 at 1:20 am · Link

    Had to chuckle at your not going to the doctor because you did not like what you knew he would say.
    I hobbled on a sore foot for a month while I was having our “new” house rehabbed before we moved in, because I was sure he would tell me to stay off the foot, and I didn’t have time to do so. Instead, when I finally went, he injected it and the pain went away right away! Don’t know when to procrastinate and when to just go!

  26. Carol Luciano
      · May 12th, 2015 at 4:43 am · Link

    Cngrats winners. Linda, I sure hope you start feeling better.Pleurisy can be so draining. Best wishes for a quick recovery. :-D
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  27. Donna Brant
      · May 12th, 2015 at 6:08 am · Link

    Good to hear that you had a nice Mother’s Day. Envy those two winners for the advance reading of “The Marriage Season”. I am anticipating the delivery of my copy. Enjoy your week and hope you start to feel better soon.

  28. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · May 12th, 2015 at 6:19 am · Link

    get well soon,love your books

  29. theresa
      · May 12th, 2015 at 6:32 am · Link

    Feel better. I hate when I’m not quite 100% but well enough not to take off.

  30. Peggy Casey
      · May 12th, 2015 at 6:36 am · Link

    OH MY! I was unfortunate enough to get plursey a few years ago. That was horrible! I thought I had a broken rib or something… it hurt so bad to even breathe. Take care of yourself! It is so frustrating having it and knowing there is nothing that can be done for it!!!

    I pray you start feeling better before your trip next week!

  31. Renae Kinsey
      · May 12th, 2015 at 7:14 am · Link

    Follow doctors orders!! And I pray you will be better soon. I also will pray to the “jury duty mercy Angels” that you’re able to make your trip- I’ve been told that if you ever want to “get out” of Jury duty responsibilities just make a politically incorrect statement once you arrive and you’ll be released asap! So I’m waiting on a few good one liners when I get my call. I can’t repeat these on here but I’m sure you can whip up a few! All our love!!xoxx

  32. pat Dennis
      · May 12th, 2015 at 7:29 am · Link

    I can’t wait for the Marriage Season – pick me pick me! I have pre-ordered my copy. Hope the pleurisy goes away soon.

  33. Lois Rotella
      · May 12th, 2015 at 8:42 am · Link

    I hope you feel better and soon.It is hard not feeling better. Rest as much as you can and drink plenty of fluids. It is hard when you want to move and don’t feel up to it. Our bodies tells us when to go and when to stay. Stay well :-P

  34. Barb
      · May 12th, 2015 at 8:43 am · Link

    Not bad. “Back in the day” our jury duty was for a full day for 2 weeks straight…whether or not your panel was called in for a case. Yep, 2 weeks, one TV, no Kindle/iPad, no laptops….had to sit in a huge room on uncomfortable unpadded wooden chairs….and people actually lived through the experience !!! Great opportunities for “people watchers”…or psychology majors !!! :lol:

  35. Sandy
      · May 12th, 2015 at 8:58 am · Link

    Glad to hear you had a great Mother’s Day. I did as well. Hope you feel better soon and enjoy your trip.

  36. Sherry Marks
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:01 am · Link

    Sorry to hear your not feeling well I hope it doesn’t last too much longer. Sounds like you had a nice Mothers Day. I’m looking forward to the new book coming out, I love all your books! Get some much needed rest before your trip and gave a great time. God Bless.

  37. kathy parsons
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:16 am · Link

    Hey Linda well i am sorry that you aren’t feeling well I will pray that u will be better soon,sometimes we just pick up something in the air and it takes the wind out of our sail for a few days, I sometimes think it is our body making us do what we don’t want to and that is rest and catch a breath, I know I was very low on IRON and my body just craved greens and stuff so that it could get what it needed, u have been running and running , so glad u have your grateful book and also that u had a wonderful mothers day with your family, I do hope that u get some rest and feel better before u go on your trip, I have to get my blood drawn every month because my liver doesn’t want to work and make the iron my body needs so I have to go in every 2 months and get infusions, but I am grateful that there is treatment for me to get, some people don’t have that luxury, have a blessed day and rest , sending lots of love hugs and thoughts and prayers always… :-D 8) :!:

  38. therese lopez
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:18 am · Link

    So glad you are feeling better!! I have had that several times and the pain is awful. I hope you have a good week, take it easy and be careful. Congrats to the winners!!!

  39. Margy Manear
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:21 am · Link

    If I win, I can drive the 30 minutes to Gettysburg and pick up my book!!! Lol. Hope you enjoy the trip. It is a beautiful area, especially this time of year.

  40. Alison
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:27 am · Link

    I agree that jury duty is an important right here in the US. I have been called to serve at both the county & federal level. Both were interesting & educational.

  41. Eriko
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:28 am · Link

    So sorry you are not feeling well. Hope you get well soon!

  42. Jo-Ann Baker
      · May 12th, 2015 at 9:39 am · Link

    Way to go winners :) Glad you went to the Dr. and got something to work with. Hope you feel better soon.
    Had a quite Mothers day, calls from my boys and there other halfs. It was also my Grandson Wills 9th Birthday. All 8 Grandkids are growing up so fast. I am so glad I have the supprise 2 year old Beckam as he is a gift. The older ones are doing there own things as they should.
    Have a wonderful week and I did preorder the last of the Marriage Pack ! Can’t wait to read it.
    Thanks for all the good stories! The sun is out an have all my plants in the garden so all is good. 8)

  43. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 12th, 2015 at 10:13 am · Link

    Hope you get better soon and can enjoy your trip to Gettysburg. I started my Gratitude Journal last week and have enjoyed writing in it morning and night. I gave my daughter one for Mother’s Day and 17 year old granddaughter one for her birthday. Then I sent one to a good friend. At this rate, Barnes and Noble will have to restock! Thank you for the idea.

  44. Ida C.
      · May 12th, 2015 at 10:31 am · Link

    Get well soon Linda, from what I hear, that is not a good ailment to have. So nice to have Mother’s Day with your mom. Enjoy her as long as you can. Sending healing prayers your way. Take care so you can enjoy your upcoming trip.

  45. Melaine
      · May 12th, 2015 at 10:44 am · Link

    Have a great trip next week, Linda, and stay safe. Hope your health improves quickly.

  46. tammy carter
      · May 12th, 2015 at 10:58 am · Link

    Get well soon. I am so excited that your new book is out so soon. Happy Mother’s day!

  47. LynneW
      · May 12th, 2015 at 11:53 am · Link

    Glad to hear you are taking care of yourself, Linda. So glad the news is not worse, but pleurisy, if not checked, can lead to all sorts of nasty things like pneumonia, and you wouldn’t want that. I hope you recover soon and can enjoy that long-anticipated trip to Gettysburg.

  48. Carol Catto
      · May 12th, 2015 at 12:02 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better.

  49. Debbie
      · May 12th, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book! Enjoy your trip.

  50. Christina
      · May 13th, 2015 at 9:41 am · Link

    I do hope you feel better soon. I’m not great at being under the weather either. I get a little whiny LOL
    Sounds like a fabulous Mom’s day. Wishing you love and Luck!

  51. Darlene Holley
      · May 14th, 2015 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better so that you can enjoy your trip next week!!

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