Because I love my readers, I figure I should be honest and let you guys know what to expect from me in the next little bit – as I have some issues that have (and will) come up that are going to affect my blogging and reviewing frequency. I guess I am also painfully open and honest – probably to a fault, so whatever.
I have been having a really hard time recently with some health things, which will probably require me to spend a good amount of time this week at the doctor’s office. Because of that, my reviewing will be rather slow, as I really haven’t been reading that much recently.
For those of you who don’t know, your thyroid is one of the things that kind of controls the “energy” level of your body. It affects everything from metabolism to moods (depression/anxiety), to hair loss, skin tone (dry or not), weight gain/loss…everything. So now that I don’t have one (thank you, cancer), I have to get my thyroid hormones through medication. It takes about a year (usually) to get the level just right. For that year, people in my shoes usually bounce between extremes (and I cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly hard this can be). These extremes can be not only physically horrible but mentally incredible so I’m going to the doctor to hopefully get my blood tested and my meds altered a little so I can feel a little more human.
The only reason I say that is because I’ve been having a hard time eating recently, much less reading and this week my reviewing will pay for it, and I apologize.
Another event I should mention is that in a week-ish (starting on January 2) I’ll be getting ready for radioactive iodine treatment. I have to be on a special diet for five days, and then I have to go to the hospital and get shots for a few days in a row. After that I get a fully body scan and drink some radioactive juice. Then I get to be quarantined for four days because I’ll be… well, radioactive. I doubt during those four days I’ll be online much because I don’t think I’ll be allowed to touch a computer for longer than an hour at a time, if that (but I’m not 100% sure on that issue). The process will take the first week to two weeks of January, which means that in roughly two weeks I might be a nonexistent online presence for a few days. While doctors have assured me that it won’t make me feel very sick, I’ve also heard that treatment can take weeks to recover from so even after that I might be a little infrequent on the blogging front. While this radioactive treatment is far less invasive than pretty much any other radioactive treatment, I’m still killing off part of my body and I can’t expect that will feel very nice. I’d expect me to post 1-2 reviews a week from now through February. Hopefully in February I’ll be back up to my normal pace (3-4 reviews/week) and all of this will have just been a bad memory.
This all kind of terrifies me (even though I’ve been told it’s “no big deal, really”) which is probably affecting my uh…anxiety level a bit.
I probably shouldn’t be so open about this, but I have authors, publishers and friends waiting for some of my upcoming reviews, and I have readers who I don’t want to let down with my next few week’s potentially infrequent reviews – so there it is. There’s what’s going on, and that’s what you can expect and why.
Take it for what it’s worth.
And for those of you who have been nothing but supportive during this really intense time of my life, I appreciate it. This can be incredibly emotionally challenging, and knowing that I have a virtual community of people who give a damn really helps more than any of you will ever know.