#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and a Brief Update

Winners are: Valia Smith and Elma Lamoureux.  Congratulations, Valia and Elma!  New contest in progress; as always, just comment.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and posted here.  Each will receive an autographed copy of my latest book.

Now, for the update.  I am still under the weather.  I became dehydrated and went in yesterday for an IV, and I was given some tests, mainly to diagnose or rule out a condition called c-diff, which results from overuse of antibiotics.  Ironically, it is treated with more of the same.  :)  It is highly contagious (who knew?) so no one can come near me except for one ranch hand, Kat, who has already been exposed.  It certainly makes a person grateful for ordinary good health!

That’s all the news that’s fit to print.  (Trust me, some of it isn’t.)

83 comments to “Winners and a Brief Update”

  1. Diane McCarthy
      · April 25th, 2017 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Feel better Linda. I sincerely hope you do not have c-diff. I’ve been exposed before as my mom had it when she was having chemo. It’s not just from antibiotics as we found out, but is treated with them. Again I have or you feel better soon.

  2. Frances Cox
      · April 25th, 2017 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Get well soon. God bless.

  3. Diane Sallans
      · April 25th, 2017 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Hope you are all better soon! Sometimes it’s nice to have to go incommunicado – time for lots of writing & reading! :roll:

  4. DWn Roberts
      · April 25th, 2017 at 9:54 pm · Link

    Well, first. Feel better. As I am a pharmacy technician it’s best to follow the direction the doctor gives. They do have a lot of years of education.

  5. Tia
      · April 25th, 2017 at 9:57 pm · Link

    I’m sending you get well wishes and hope you feel better.

  6. Leanna
      · April 25th, 2017 at 9:58 pm · Link

    I loved Forever a Hero! I hope you feel better soon!

  7. Lauri Robinson
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Prayers for fast healing and good health going forward.

  8. Brenda Miller
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:20 pm · Link

    I would like to suggest a couple of things I take to help me fight off colds, flu, etc. I take Seagate Olive Leaf (seagateproducts.com/) and IMMUNITION Beta Glucan NSC-100 Extra Strength 60 Capsules. Seagate also has an olive leaf tea that I really like, too. I usually order the Beta Glucan from mynaturalmarket.com. The olive leaf is effective as an antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial. And, after all the antibiotics, you need some probiotics. I like Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula, which you can get from mynaturalmarket.com also. If you take probiotics along with antibiotics, you should allow at least two hours between the two. I would be glad to furnish any other info if needed. Hope you get on the mend soon.

  9. Nancy MosBrucker
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:24 pm · Link

    Dear Linda. I have a best friend who has had C-diff 4 times. Take it easy and slow,I will send some prayers your way. I really enjoy your blogs, am so sorry you’re not feeling chipper. Take care

  10. Gloria Herring
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Valia Smith and Elma Lamoureux! Enjoy your win.

    Linda, you just ain’t having no fun, a’tall, are you? Seriously, I pray you begin to heal and stay well. God bless you!

  11. Pamela Devereux
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:37 pm · Link

    Linda, I went through that a year ago. I was in the hospital for pneumonia and on massive antibiotics. So all those antibiotics wiped away all the bad bacteria and the good. Now you need to go on another antibiotic to help promote the good bacteria which you need. Yes it is highly contagious. That is why we have 2 bathrooms in our house. He wiped down the bathroom every day with Lysol for 10. It is awful. Take care. This leaves you weak and not in the mood to do anything. Hugs

  12. Clarita Goodspeed
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:38 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear you are still under the weather. Sure hope you get feeling better real soon.

  13. Jeannine Klimt
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:54 pm · Link

    Linda, I hope you heal quickly and feel all the love and prayers coming your way.

  14. Jeannette
      · April 25th, 2017 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I’m sorry to hear of your medical problem. I can empathize with your plight. I was diagnosed with one thing, was over medicated which caused numerous infections throughout the winter. I am no medical leave due to the various problems I endured.
    On the bright side. Went into Edmonton yesterday and was at Chapters where I picked up Always a Cowboy and Forever a Hero.
    Now I can recover reading your stories.
    Until next time,

  15. Joanne Bitts
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Linda please get well soon. I’m adding you to my prayers.

    This pneumonia stuff is no good, I know as I get it about every other year. The best thing to do is rest plus lots of fluids. You need to get well so you can visit with your mom plus do fun things like your Weight Watchers.

    Rest & get well soon

  16. Deborah Nelson
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners.

    And please get well soon

  17. Deborah Nelson
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners.

    And please get well soon

  18. Marilou Frary
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Congrats to winners. Hope you feel better soon Linda.

  19. Tammy Carter
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:31 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon. C-Dif is no laughing matter. I am glad you were tested. Hope you GI is back on trac soon.

  20. Doris Brooks
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:39 pm · Link

    Get well soon Linda. So sorry you are having so many problems. I’m on my second round of antibotics – because of bronchitis. I’ve coughed till I’m sore. I’ve never heard of c-diff, but it sounds bad. Hope you are feeling better.
    Elma, I want to share a story with you. My middle name is Elma. When I was an infant my aunt (Daddy’s sister) was coming to baby sit me so Mama could go back to work. She wrote my parents how excited she was that she was going to see me for the first time, and to keep me. Her last remark was, “I just know you are calling the baby Elma.” Daddy had picked that name. Mama said, “Why does she think we are calling the baby Elma?” He finally confessed that at 16 he had been in love with a girl named Elma. If I’d been Mama, I’d have killed him and told folks he died!!!!!!

  21. Melaine
      · April 25th, 2017 at 11:56 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this week’s winners. Linda, I’m so sorry you are still not well. Let’s hope that by next week you’ll be back to your energetic self.

  22. Teresa G
      · April 26th, 2017 at 12:20 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you’re still under the weather. I hope you feel better soon.

  23. Lucy Brewer
      · April 26th, 2017 at 12:29 am · Link

    Sorry you’re not feeling well. Hope you’re well soon. :wink:

  24. Beverly Sivacek
      · April 26th, 2017 at 1:49 am · Link

    Lots of prayers and healthy lots being sent to you for a complete recovery SOON ! :)

  25. Roberta G
      · April 26th, 2017 at 2:15 am · Link

    Hope your feeling better soon. Will be keeping you in my prayers.

  26. Desly Alsleben
      · April 26th, 2017 at 5:24 am · Link

    Oh dear, I do hope you recover soon, I had the flu a few years ago and it definitely can not be recommended.

  27. Lorraine Hammersten
      · April 26th, 2017 at 6:22 am · Link

    I’m not sure what website I use . I hope you are feeling better soon. I love your books and have for a long time. I have saved many of them to re-read in the future.

  28. Mary oswalt
      · April 26th, 2017 at 6:37 am · Link

    That’s nasty stuff, but the new antibiotics should take care of it really fast. Hope you are back to your o’l self soon.

  29. JoAnn Baker
      · April 26th, 2017 at 6:54 am · Link

    Feel better soon. Thank goodness for Internet an phone you would be all alone. Except for your an hand. Lol.
    Prasyers have s wonderr day!

  30. JoAnn Baker
      · April 26th, 2017 at 6:55 am · Link

    Feel better soon. Thank goodness for Internet an phone you would be all alone. Except for your an hand. Lol.
    Prayers have s wonderful day!

  31. pat Dennis
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:00 am · Link

    Good luck on getting your health back to normal. We spent the winter in Florida and there were a lot of our friends that had pneumonia. We missed that, thank goodness.
    Get well soon!

  32. Donna Barrow
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:02 am · Link

    I certainly hope you don’t have c-dif. Our Pastor’s wife had it a few years ago and it was terrible. We will keep you in our prayers.

  33. Jane
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:14 am · Link

    So sorry – hope you are better soon!

  34. Linda
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:24 am · Link

    Wow, so sorry you are still sick. I am finally recovering. Just some coughing and hacking left. I did some antibiotics too. Could not afford to go to doctor, but husband had to go for another reason and his doctor ordered some for him so we shared.

  35. Linda Beaudoin
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:25 am · Link

    So sorry to hear you are still so sick. My prayers are with you to get well soon.

  36. Maria Sanchez
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:26 am · Link

    Hope you feel better soon! Sending prayers for a speedy recovery!

  37. Linda Holmes
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:33 am · Link

    Hope you feel better soon.

  38. Linda Holmes
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:34 am · Link

    Feel better soon.

  39. debbie
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:42 am · Link

    very familiar with c-diff; my father-in-law contracted c-diff when in hospital and since my kids were very small (he was diagnosed with cancer and had to live with us-3 yrs)-sent him to nursing home to recover. then my mom, while recovering from her cancer (colon) surgery, got it from the hospital. omg-what a mess, as you are aware. she had a colostomy and didn’t double check her ostomy bag was secure. we laughed later but at the time-what a shitty mess (no pun). after that, when ever she was admitted, always got a private room because of the c-diff. sorry you are going thru that nasty infection. but it will clear up, given time and the proper meds. as they always say-wash your hands well and make sure all health care workers in contact with you-wash their hands too, in view of you. take care

  40. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:05 am · Link

    So sorry to hear you are still way under the weather. I feel guilty telling you I sat in my Adirondack chair yesterday afternoon reading Always a Hero. The weather in southern KY is perfect for time outdoors. I hope you get well quick and stay well. Take care of yourself!

  41. Lois Rotella
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:08 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you are still under the weather. Hoping soon you feel better and get stronger. Congrats to the winners. I just got back from Florida. I visited my family down there. I got to see my newest member. He is my great great nephew. He is so cute and his hair stands straight up in the air and he has a lot of it. We were calling him Albert Einstein!

  42. Andrea Lammly
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:26 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you are still not feeling well Linda. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to you that you feel better real soon.

  43. Rose Marie Moran
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:44 am · Link

    Sure hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your notes.

  44. Roz Goodenough
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:54 am · Link

    So sorry Linda. C-diff is dangerous and contagious. It likes when people are weakened. You are so health conscious I know you will overcome. Take good care of yourself.

  45. DONNA
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:56 am · Link

    feel better soon!!

  46. Trudy Wilson
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:57 am · Link

    Linda – praying that you recover fully and quickly from this awful stuff!

  47. Marjorie Hawkins
      · April 26th, 2017 at 9:07 am · Link

    My dear friend, Alice, who lives in Valdosta, Georgia was sick for a long time, followed by severe weakness. She is back to normal now, so I’m hoping that soon, you will be also Prayers go out for you. I am one of your biggest and oldest (73) fans!!

  48. Donna Brant
      · April 26th, 2017 at 9:17 am · Link

    So hope you are feeling better soon.

  49. Eugenia Riddick
      · April 26th, 2017 at 9:30 am · Link

    Feel better! C-diff makes your belly hurt. This comes with many other unpleasant side effects. It seems to me that rainy weather manifests the worst viruses, and aggravates the respiratory tract.

  50. Jo Pankey
      · April 26th, 2017 at 9:33 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Hope you are better soon. Am currently reading “Forever a Hero” and as usual am enjoying the read.

  51. judy (jep)
      · April 26th, 2017 at 9:42 am · Link

    Linda, I hope and pray you are better soon! judy/jep

  52. Linda J Wilson
      · April 26th, 2017 at 9:59 am · Link

    Get well soon

  53. Eriko
      · April 26th, 2017 at 10:11 am · Link

    Oh Linda! Oh dear! I am sorry you are still fighting this new bug, however, I am glad you went in and got fluids. NOW, you will get 100% well! Keep visualizing!

  54. Teresa Wilson
      · April 26th, 2017 at 10:16 am · Link

    Feel better soon Ms Linda!!

  55. Ida C.
      · April 26th, 2017 at 10:24 am · Link

    Oh my goodness – feel better soon. Soft Hugs!!

  56. Carol Luciano
      · April 26th, 2017 at 11:02 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Linda I’m praying for you to get well soon. Hopefully with the IV and other treatments you’ll start feeling better.
    Carol L

  57. Kathy Duffell
      · April 26th, 2017 at 11:25 am · Link

    Congratulations to winners! Linda, praying for your full recovery. Would love to have an autographed copy of your new book. Feel better soon.

  58. Lynn Hill
      · April 26th, 2017 at 11:48 am · Link

    Oh Linda, please take it easy and get better! I am very sad to hear that you are still not well! Congrats to the winners! That is awesome!

  59. Elma Lamoureux
      · April 26th, 2017 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Hope you recover soon. You have had your share of illness this year. Take it easy, and come up with lots of new plots and plans. Thank you for all you do.

  60. Betsy
      · April 26th, 2017 at 12:31 pm · Link

    That is serious stuff. My doctor always recommends and urges when prescribing antibiotics Activia twice a day and pill form of probiotics. Of course they always could do what I call the $hit shake. Introducing healthy bacteria via a nasal tube down to the gut. Can you tell I volunteered in an infection control dept.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  61. Caryn Horn
      · April 26th, 2017 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Did they actually diagnose that awful stuff? So sorry you’re not healthy. Can they at least tell you what causes all this stuff? Get well and come back to us! :-D

  62. Tina M Laws
      · April 26th, 2017 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Oh no!! This is definitely nothing to mess around with. I pray that you start feeling better soon.

  63. DONNA
      · April 26th, 2017 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon

  64. Nancy Rieks
      · April 26th, 2017 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Oh my be very careful and get well soon….

  65. Susan Craig
      · April 26th, 2017 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Goodness! I hope you feel better soon.

  66. dixie hadley
      · April 26th, 2017 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Linda, Praying that you recovery SOON.

  67. Ruby Norwood
      · April 26th, 2017 at 4:30 pm · Link

    So sorry that you are feeling bad, hope you a speedy recovery, and congrats to the new winners!!

  68. Fran F.
      · April 26th, 2017 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you are battling C-Diff. That’s so scary. My Mom had it at the age of 98 after a stay in the hospital. Took forever (it seemed) to get rid of it. (By the way, she was 7 weeks shy of 100 when she passed away.)

    Prayers for speedy recovery.

  69. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · April 26th, 2017 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Prayers are with you to get well soon the best, Jo Ann

  70. Phyllis Odell
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Sorry you are under the weather. I had cdiff a few years ago and had not been on any antibiotics at all. No idea where I picked it up. Get well soon.

  71. gretchjen maine
      · April 26th, 2017 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Get well soon Linda! just wanted to tell you that I just finished “Forever A Hero” and as usual, couldn’t put it down. Love your ‘stuff”!!!

  72. Donna McCord
      · April 26th, 2017 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather. I work in a hospital. I know all about C-Diff. Take the meds they tell you and stay close to a bathroom!!!

  73. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · April 27th, 2017 at 4:44 am · Link

    Bless your heart! I’m praying for your quick recovery.

  74. terry myers
      · April 27th, 2017 at 8:59 am · Link

    Get well soon with Love and prayers

  75. Jessie R.
      · April 27th, 2017 at 12:04 pm · Link

    It is a total bummer being sick. I’m sorry your having such a difficult time because of it. It doesn’t sound like you average flu. Hopefully it’ll get better soon. I’ll be praying for you to get well.

    Rest up, cowgirl! :wink:

  76. Janet Hurt
      · April 27th, 2017 at 12:58 pm · Link

    I always enjoy your entries…just sorry you are still under the weather. Speaking of weather…how about the terrific storm last night over Spokane…wow…thunder and lightning…and plenty of rain!

  77. Debbie Bleege
      · April 27th, 2017 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Good Lord I hope you start feeling better soon. So sorry that you are that sick. Thanks for writing and letting us know about you. Take care :(

  78. Jan
      · April 27th, 2017 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Love reading your books. Take care.

  79. Brenda ireland
      · April 27th, 2017 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear that you are not well,please look after yourself.

  80. Patricia Pelkey
      · April 28th, 2017 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Linda, please take care of yourself, and I hope you are feeling better soon!!!!

  81. Patty C
      · April 28th, 2017 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. Happy Friday everyone! :)

  82. Marilyn Fish
      · April 30th, 2017 at 10:46 am · Link

    Wishing you a return to good health!

  83. Louise McCourt
      · April 30th, 2017 at 8:16 pm · Link

    Hope you are feeling better soon..

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