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How’s Nick Keeping?

Arden and I are back in Ireland with Nick after a year gap.  Nick is mostly staying in the house while one of us does the shopping and runs the errands.  Since Nick is not out much, people are asking about him.  I never really know how to answer this question.  Oh it should be simple, right?  If you asked about one of my other kids and their families, that is easy.  I give the standard answer of, they are doing great, and then add in a few details depending on who is asking and how much they might want to know about the people, such as they love their new houses, and the kids are growing up, some of them are taller than Granny and Grandpa now.  Everyone’s getting good grades in school, etc, etc.

However with Nick, it’s different.  Typically if someone is asking about Nick, I feel that it is from a point of real concern for what he has been going through and interest in his general well being.  On any given day, if he has not woken up yet, I don’t know how he is doing.  And even then, if he is already awake, his condition can change from hour to hour during the day.  How he is doing is much more of an immediate thing instead of a generic answer of “he is doing good.”

Epilepsy is a progressive disease and overall Nick is not doing good.  His capacity to do things is diminished somewhat because of the years of seizures and mostly because of the impact and side effects of the various seizure medicines that he is on.  It is a delicate balance that we try to achieve.  Enough of the medications in combination to achieve the lowest number of seizures while having the lowest blood levels of the meds in order to increase his quality of life.  It is a nerve-wracking dance.

And so my answer to the question is usually, “He’s happy.”  Which is not always a satisfactory answer to their query, but it is the most honest one that I can give.  Throughout everything, Nick is happy.

What do you think?  How do you answer the questions from others?

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  1. Though Nick has been struggling, it’s been nothing short of joyous to hear him singing his Irish songs here! He’s definitely a blessing to those around him.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.