Life in the Land of IS – Friday Fiction

By Bette Lee Crosby / September 19, 2014

Life in the Land of IS – Friday Fiction

I don‘t remember arriving at Baptist Memorial Hospital nor do I recall the brightly lit emergency room. When I finally came to, I was in a dark room and somewhere in the distance I heard a voice calling, ―Mo…ther …Mo…ther…ple…ase… The sound of that cry was followed by a hurried rush of footsteps and a second voice telling me to calm down that a nurse was on her way. Only then did I realize the earlier voice had been my own. Before I could clarify my thoughts, a nurse jabbed a needle into my arm and I drifted into nothingness.

I can‘t say how many minutes, hours or days passed before I opened my eyes again, but when I did, it was daylight and the pain in my head was excruciating. Mother and Carl, her third husband, the man I called Pappy, were beside me. ―Thank God, you‘re awake, she sighed, ―we‘ve been sick to death with worry.

Sick to death with worry? Where was I? What had happened? ―Wh…wh… It felt as though an elephant were sitting on my chest. I could barely breathe and a single syllable had to be sandwiched in between shallow wisps of air. There were so many questions to ask, but each effort to speak brought more pain—pain that raced through my body and settled in my head, pain so intense that it was impossible to think beyond it.

Ever so slowly Mother began to peel back the layers of what had happened, ―The water at that seawall was far too shallow for diving,‖ she explained, ―When you dove in, you hit your head on the bottom and it caused a form of paralysis, but mind you, it‘s only temporary. You‘ll probably be on your feet again in a matter of weeks.

Pappy, still looking shell-shocked, nodded.

Mother, having known me all my life could read the questions in my eyes. ―Pa…in, I gasped, ―Pa…
―I know, she said sympathetically. ―It‘s what the doctors call spinal-shock. When a spinal cord is injured, and yours was…

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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