September really was not a great month. It started out okay but the second half just went downhill very quickly. October is likely to be rough too because my son will be having his seventh heart surgery soon. I’ll talk a little more about it in the life section at the end of this post. First though let’s talk about BOOKS!
This probably won’t be a great wrap up and for that I’m really sorry. I am drained of all energy in every way possible but I’m trying.
I haven’t been reading much the past few months and it’s really bumming me out. September only saw me getting through 6 books and I’m just ready for life to calm down a bit so I can play catch up! Of the few I did read this month here are the ones that were 4 or 5 stars:
- Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
- Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
- Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
This is the section I’ve been dreading writing for about a week now. Because of Elliott being in the hospital the last half of September I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to writing posts. I know it isn’t my fault and I know my focus needs/needed to be on Elliott but it’s hard. I am definitely my own worst critic and when everybody else says something is okay I’m over here beating myself up. It’s just really hard for me to accept that I can’t do all the things all the time.
In August I had a post go up every single day but September saw 6 days without anything. I hate that. And even though there is nothing I can do to change it I’m still struggling with the guilt. I don’t know how great October will be but I’m going to try to be easier on myself. And if you have any tips on how to do this please share them with me.
My three most popular posts from September were Ten Books on my TBR I’m Avoiding, Tips and Tricks for Writing Book Reviews, and Taylor Swift’s Lover Book Tag [Original]. If you missed out on any of my other posts from the month, I’ve linked them all down below for easy browsing!
- Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
- The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer
- Watches and Warnings by Ryan Wolf
- Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
- Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Top Ten Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesdays
- Library Lowdown: Sharing My Recent Library Finds
- Author Interview: Sonia Hartl
- Author Interview: Candace Ganger
- Celebrating Sweater Weather with the Autumn Tag
- Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019
- Sunday Stacks Week Fifteen
- Eight Things You Need to Pack Ahead of a Tornado
- Novel Aesthetics: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
- Four Upcoming Fall Debuts You’ll Fall in Love with Too by Taylor Tracy
- September Book of the Month
- Fantastic Niches and Where to Find Them: A Short Musing by Marissa Osman
- Nancy Richardson Fischer’s Favorite Travel Destinations and What She Can’t Leave Home Without
- Six Jodi Picoult Books You Should Try
- A Brief Glimpse into My Life and an Explanation on Where I’ve Been
Where do I even start?
On September 12, Elliott started having problems keeping his oxygen levels in a safe spot. Thankfully we have equipment at home to monitor him and put him on oxygen if needed so we did this and took him to our local emergency room. At this time we knew that he had a possible stomach bleed but we didn’t know what was causing his increased oxygen needs.
They gave him some fluids and sent us home a few hours later since we had oxygen at home. He continued to require more and more oxygen and then on September 28/29 he started refusing fluids. On the 30th dehydration started to set in and he was getting sicker. I talked to a few members on his heart team and we decided it was time to have him admitted.
I drove him the 2 hours to the hospital his heart team is at and the only place we feel 100% comfortable him being admitted at. They got his stomach bleed taken care of but they could not figure out what was causing him to require so much oxygen when normally he doesn’t need any.
We’ve been in the hospital now for about 2 1/2 weeks and they think they’ve finally found the culprit. Unfortunately, he’s going to require surgery. This is going to be his seventh heart surgery. He hasn’t had an easy life and has suffered from so many complications following surgery in the past so we’re incredibly scared. We know though that he has the best heart team and they will take such good care of him no matter what.
I went into all of this and talked about hospital life just a bit more in a post a few days ago if you want to read more.
Now for a bit of fun news from the month! Elliott was sick on Friday the 13th but he was home and stable and I knew my husband was capable of taking care of him so I went and got a tattoo! I almost didn’t go because I wanted to stay with Elliott but I’m trying to learn that it’s okay to do things for myself. Also, somebody had gifted me the funds for it so I felt like I needed to make sure I used the money for its intended purpose.
My favorite shop did a special event where for just $31 you got to spin a roulette wheel and whatever design you landed on is what you got tattooed on you! This was my 3rd random tattoo and the 2nd time I’ve spun a roulette wheel for one (the other time involved rolling dice) and it’s honestly one of the most fun experiences. I love this new tattoo so much and I’m really glad I ended up going!
How was your month? Did anything exciting happen or did you read any amazing books? Let me know in the comments!