Satisfied? Define “Satisfied”

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Just a week or so after my wife died, she got a survey in the mail, asking how satisfied she was with the care received at the hospital.

I was really tempted to fill it out and sign her name, but figured the irony would be wasted.

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Ways To Buy The Book

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Loss Of An Angel – Paperback Version

Loss Of An Angel – Nook Version

Loss Of An Angel – Kindle Version

12 Years

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For the first few years I looked back at July 9, 1999 as the day my life ended.

Now I look back at July 9, 1999 as the day my new life began.

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Due to better than expected sales, Loss Of An Angel will be available for the Nook at the Barnes & Noble website as well as in Print format and Kindle format through Amazon’s website.

Thanks to everyone for the purchases and the great reviews so far!

When a sign is more than a sign

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My wife died at a hospital which is part of a system that I now work for. I just happen to work for a different affiliate.

A year or so after I started, the hospital closed. As such, I was asked to go there and pick up a bulletin board and bring it to my affiliate. I kinda gulped but told myself that “I can do this”. I was at a good place in my life and thought this might be a good milestone to pass.

I got to the hospital, and followed the directions to where the board was. The labyrinth of hallways and stairways (since the elevators were all turned off) brought me to a familiar place. I found myself right there in the hallway of the critical care unit. In a hosptial that size, with eight floors, I just happened to wind up in the critical care unit.

As I entered the hallway, I experienced a distinct feeling of tunnel vision. My eyes fixated on the signage at the very end of the hall, and I walked. The same hallway I had paced countless times. The same marks on the walls. The same spots on the floor. The same smells.

When I got to the end of the hallway, I faced the entrance to the CCU. There was a chain across the door (the hosp was closed, and homeless people were a problem). I looked at the chain. I pulled it. It opened.

I entered the ward, and went to the very room where Melanie died. The bed was there. And I stood beside it. Staring.

I don’t remember a single detail after that moment. The next thing I knew, I was back at work. People asked if I retrieved the board, and I just said that I could not find it. I had no memory of even seeing it. I didn’t even remember driving back to work, and the clock told me I had been gone for two hours. A trip that should have taken 30 minutes somehow consumed two hours.

When I went to my car to go home that day, there in the back seat, was a plastic sign displaying the visiting hours for the CCU. The one sign that I stared at, and reread thousands of times during my visits to the hospital somehow wound up in my back seat.

I still have that sign. And visiting hours were over 30 minutes ago.

Great News On The Book

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I have learned this morning that Loss Of An Angel will be published in print format very soon. I will be receiving a proof copy within the week. Once approved, you will be able to purchase it in paperback, as well as the current Kindle version.

This is all a result of the faster-than-expected sales in just the first couple weeks of availability. Thanks to everyone who has helped make it a success!

Thanks

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I just want to say that I appreciate the thoughts and the feedback (and the sales) of my book. It is very gratifying to learn that people appreciate it and understand the reasons why it was published.

So, I am sorry that so many of you have had to join this club, but I am happy you have allowed me to write for you.

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