My father passed away many years ago, but one of my clearest memories of him is his stepping into the house on cold winter nights and holding up his hands to display his bloodless fingers.
Yes, bloodless. And even though we couldn’t put a name to the condition at that time, we realized his fingers were so white because they were being deprived of blood. Fortunately, the blood would start flowing when he warmed up, and his fingers would turn rosy again.
Many years later when I began experiencing the condition during cold weather, I decided to research it on the Internet. That’s when I discovered the condition had a name: Raynaud’s disease.
What is Raynaud’s disease? According to the Mayo Clinic website, it’s “a vascular disorder that causes intermittent interruption of blood flow to the extremities. The affected body part may turn white or blue and feel cold and numb until circulation improves.” In most people, including me, Raynaud’s disease is more a nuisance than a real medical problem.
So how did I use this particular condition as a plot devise in Dealing with Denver? My heroine, Mattie Meadows, knows she is adopted. She also suffers from Raynaud’s disease, and she’s aware that if the condition is genetic, she has little to worry about. But if it’s not genetic, it can be a symptom of several serious conditions, including lupus. She wants to know if either of her birth parents suffered from Raynaud’s disease, which brings her to Barbourville, Tennessee, where she encounters Denver Vance. She has reason to believe her mother is from Barbourville, but she can’t just come out and ask, so she convinces Denver to help her in her search.
Dealing with Denver, which is a sweet romance set in a small town, received an Award of Merit from the Virginia Romance Writers in their HOLT Medallion contest in the Southern Fiction category.
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