Colonoscopy, a Pain in the Ass #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Because I don’t drive, I need to call our local transit service here in Sheridan, Wyoming, to reserve a ride in advance whenever I need to go anywhere that’s not within walking distance or when the weather is bad. Recently, I was notified that it was time to schedule my colonoscopy, which was recommended that I have done every ten years. I called and was told that I would need to see the nurse-practitioner before the procedure could be scheduled, and an appointment was made for December 9th at 8:20 a.m.

But when I called the transit service, I was told they couldn’t fit me in then. I called the gastroenterologist’s office, and because the only other available appointment in December conflicted with my lunchtime music livestream I’d scheduled at the senior center, I was told I would need to call back around the middle of December to schedule an appointment for January. Oh, well, I wasn’t looking forward to having that colonoscopy, anyway.


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt, in which the given word is “reserve.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.


This coming Saturday, December 4th, I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, from 1-3 p.m. at Sheridan Stationery Books and Gifts here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you’re in my neck of the woods, please stop by. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page to learn more.

You’re also invited to attend my state poetry society’s monthly virtual reading on December 12th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share a poem or two or just listen. Click here for details.


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?



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