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Obviously, if you’ve been following my blog or my facebook page, then you have been hearing me whine about my anticipated (now completed) nasal and sinus surgery.

So the night before my surgery, I decided to have a little fun. I had to shave most of my goatee in prep for the procedure, so I decided to mimic the hundreds of pictures on facebook that claim to be for one cause or another. I drew a home-made sign, the kind you see homeless people carrying everyday on subway platforms and in front of churches, and took the picture looking as pathetic and forlorn as possible.  It must have worked because I got dozens of responses and I actually saw a spike in book sales. Truth be told, any sale at all shows up as a spike, but that’s not the point. This might have been my best promotional tool yet.


By the time I left for the hospital on Monday, I must have had 20 comments and a few dozen likes. At the very least, I went to the hospital with a huge smile on my face.

I won’t bore you with the minute details of my surgery except to say that I now understand why so many people get into trouble with opiate pain killers; those things work! When I came out of the ER, I had a pretty severe headache, from my nose to the top of my head. One percocet and 30 minutes later, headache gone, smile on my face, dancing shoes laced up and ready to go.

The next few days have been up and down; not much pain, but my head is pretty clogged and I’ve been dealing with a level of fatigue that I wasn’t expecting. Today I went for a walk to the drug store and came back exhausted. I went straight to the couch for a three hour nap.

But please, I’m not looking for sympathy, just searching for an excuse for not coming up with any blog topics this week. I’m gonna blame the anesthesia. Hopefully, next week will be better. Until then…

And don’t forget, next Thursday I will be having my first book signing/reading at the Bookmark Shoppe on 3rd ave and 84th street at 7pm. Hope to see you there.