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Monday, April 16, 2007

Stress. There’s no way to get around it. It’s a fact of life.

I’m on deadline. My book is due May 1, and I have a lot of work yet to do on it. Every day counts for me and last Friday the unexpected happened. Our daughter who is seven months pregnant started having severe pains that landed her in the hospital and having contractions. They needed someone to watch their three girls at home, so of course, I went right over.

Long story short, I ended up staying overnight, sleeping on her sofa—with the family weiner dog who stretched out about as long as the sofa—and went home the next morning when the other grandma came to babysit. The good news is my daughter came home on Saturday and is feeling much better. Baby is fine, and things are looking up.

When I came home, though I was tired, I got right to work on my story. I went to bed later that night and partway through the wee morning hours, I developed a migraine that lasted most of yesterday and didn’t get a single word edited on my story. So I lost two working days when I’m down to the wire.

Normally, I finish my books early, but things got in the way on this book, and here I am.
Life happens. There’s nothing we can do about it, but do the best we can and move on.

Today I’m committed to working hard on my manuscript—unless something else comes up. But if it does, it does. All I can do is what I can do—well, that and eat chocolate.

So how’s your stress level these days?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:07 AM  
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12 Comments:
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Katy said...

Oh, you poor girl!! I am glad your daughter is doing better, and that she's got two moms who are willing to help out with those kiddies. But, man.

I, too, fall prey to migraines when I don't sleep well, am over-stressed (right now I'm the Wedding Planner!), or the weather shifts from clouds to sun or vice versa. That means, in KC, a migraine about 5 days out of 7. And I'm erring on the conservative side.

Isn't it shocking that we continue to be of good cheer? ;) That must be the Lord, don't you think?

Taking as few meds as possible actually keeps my stress down. If I medicate to try to sleep, I'm groggy the next day, which makes me more stressed out.

Coffee, on the other hand, is always beneficial. Bring it on, baby!

Praying for you and your family!

Katy McKenna www.fallible.com

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks, Katy! I don't know how you do it with that many migraines! Colleen has a lot of migraines too.

But if stress means I get chocolate, I'm okay with that. LOL

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

My stress is pretty managable these days, I just had family visit for a week and I didn't let it bother me (yay me!!) Course, after the left I dragged around ready to fall asleep from exhaustion--working too hard to not be stressed? LOL

I find that stress is less when my home is quiet, no tv, no music...kids at school. Just me and the peace.

And tea, lots and lots of hot tea.


(happy to hear that your daughter and grandbaby-in-utero are doing well!)

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Mine's a bit high. I'm up at church today, putting the finishing touches on the set for our dinner theatre. As you already know, I broke my hand doing my stunt of flipping over the couch. Now, after the fact, I have a stunt double. LOL Not a real double though. She's just doing the flip as I stand by, watching. Since it's a comedy farce, it works. But my pride is wounded. :o}

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

BTW - glad all's well with your daughter. All the stress made me almost forget!!!!

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, wow, Ane, already time for the dinner theater?!! Let us know how it goes! I'm sure it will be awesome!! How are you typing one-handed?????

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger SaraBeth said...

For stress - which I have experienced a lot of lately mostly because I was in a car accident last week (the second week I had my licence - foretunately it wasn't my fault and I'm not getting blamed either!) - I have discovered Hershey's Kisses Truffles!!!! These are amazing...I must confess, never had DeBrand's or any of the other y'all have mentioned, but CVS is selling these Hsrshey's truffles 2 bags for $4 and I am ecsatic! Also, a good book and a bed...rainy weather makes it even better. Friends who distract you also help...But these things, besides the chocolate, are sort of time-consuming, and you obvisouly don't have that much time to do things other than work on the book! So chocolate, Blizzards from DQ, and being thankful you are no longer in high school latin (hmm...guess who is putting off their latin homework today?) should probably relieve your stress!

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Oh Diann! I have the same deadline and I too have had things rolled in my way. But I'm so glad your daughter and baby are well--that's great news! Let's pray God redeems the time for you (believe me, that's been my own prayer of late.)

Btw, do you think God would honor a request that all the extra chocolate we're eating would add absolutely NO extra poundage? lol

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Cheering you on, Girl!! How do ever get them done early.

I work and work and still don't. On time, never early.

You da bomb!

Glad to hear your daughter is all right! How fun, a baby!

Love, Rachel

 
At 2:49 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

I'm sorry that happened to your daughter. I'm so glad she feeling better and baby is o.k.
Your are in my Prayers!.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I'm so sorry you lost those two days, but I'm glad your daughter and her baby are doing better. I'm becoming an expert in stress. My husband has been called to pastor a church in Florida and we are preparing to move with our six children as soon as our firstborn graduates from highschool next month. In the meantime I'm trying to finish editing my wip and get it in to the editor that requested it by the end of the month. I'm also preparing to MC and teach a ladies class at a seminar next month, and my daughter just broke her ankle. Thank goodness for chocolate!

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks for all the encouragement! You guys are awesome!!!

Jill, YOU win the chocolate award! Wow! Talk about stress! You have a lot on your plate right now. Praying for you!

 

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