Island Life: The Path to Good Health Never Did Run Smoothly

On the evening of December 30, 2020, I was sitting in the living room with my husband and mother-in-law. We were playing a board game after an enjoyable, not over-large, dinner when I began to feel some tummy distress.

On the morning of Monday, March 1, 2021, I had surgery to repair a hernia.

The path between these two dates…well, it would be as tedious for me to recount it to you here as it was to live through it, I suspect. But suffice it to say, living on an island without a hospital, or even an urgent care center…or even a clinic that’s open nights, weekends, or holidays…can make the simplest things extra-challenging.

It wasn’t until several weeks after the initial tummy distress showed up (fortunately, it had stopped hurting by then, as long as I didn’t poke at it) that we were even able to get it diagnosed. This involved off-island travel, to the hospital in Anacortes.

For the rest of the story, and some, er, less scenic photos, come on over to my blog!



About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static,, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.


Island Life: The Path to Good Health Never Did Run Smoothly — 1 Comment

  1. I hope you are recovering well! There are certainly a lot of complications to life in the beautiful San Juan Islands. I, too, miss those scenic ferry rides these days.