I have a new hero. She smiles, she's cheerful, she gets the job done, and it's a job I couldn't be paid enough to do. I have no idea what her job title is, but what she does is make all the arrangements between hospitals, insurance companies, patients, medical suppliers, rehab facilities, etc. for a very busy surgeon. I've gotten to know her because I'm having knee replacement surgery on Monday. I've about gone crazy making the arrangements I've needed to make, but she has smoothed the impossible, gotten through a maze of telephone push button answering systems, tracked down records, and steered me through the process. She's superwoman in my book. Thanks Lisa!
I seriously dislike phone systems where an automated voice tells me to push buttons and gives me nine options, none of which quite fit what I'm calling about. After I've been transferred a minimum of four times, I get another machine that tells me to leave my name and number and someone will call me back--but they never do. Argh!
It's probably best if I don't even get started on all the new regulations that have just gone into affect for medical providers and insurance companies! And there's more to come.
Outside of the medical end of my upcoming surgery, it's been comically sad trying to get ready the things I'll need to take with me to the hospital. My hospital stay will be followed by a week or two at a rehab center. I think I've spent the most time trying to decide what to load on my Kindle, copying material I might need from my desk top to my laptop or onto a USB drive, and trying to get a couple of reviews written ahead for incase I feel too rotten to read or write reviews for awhile. Funny what us writer-types consider important at such times! My laptop is old and slow; I'm not looking forward to using it for a few weeks.
If I don't blog or answer emails for awhile, be patient. I'll be back as soon as possible, hopefully with a new bounce in my step, or at least a step that doesn't hurt. I may be a few days late posting the name of the Wish List winner for September, but if so, be assured I'll do it as soon as possible.
I posted a different kind of review on Meridian today. Open Fire, J. Golden Kimball Takes on the South by Scott M. Hurst isn't strictly fiction. It isn't even listed as fiction, but then it's not entirely fact either. My review can be found here .