Many thanks to all of you who read my last post and commented, and also to all of you who didn't comment but who kept me and my mother in your prayers. I cannot express how much that means to me.
My mother had surgery to replace the valve in her heart last Tuesday. As of today (Friday), she is doing extremely well, and (fingers crossed!) may actually be released from the hospital into a convalescent home next Sunday or Monday! woo-HOOO!! I will still have to go up there every other weekend for a bit to pay bills and help my grandmother, but at least things are on the upswing for her. I can handle that.
This has been quite a week of revelations for me. Living in a house with no TV, no computer, no husband or cats, and no access to most of my friends or family except via land-line telephone, I discovered that I do indeed have a limit to how much solitude I am comfortable with. I also discovered how difficult it is to deal with so many things on someone else's behalf that are no trouble when I deal with them for myself. Being the rock everyone else is leaning on is NOT fun, especially when you have no one to lean on yourself.
I'm sure I'll have more to say later, but now I'm so exhausted that I'm falling asleep at my keyboard, so I will just say again, Thank you!