I haven't felt ready to talk about this before. It was very sudden - she called me in the middle of my night (at 4pm, as I remember - I'd just gotten to sleep four hours ago!) and had me take her to the hospital. At which point they discovered she either had a 25cm-diameter cyst, or a 25cm-diameter tumor.
Two days later, naturally, they'd removed it, but something that big takes a while to heal up. To make things worse she had some internal bleeding, and that apparently *also* takes a while to heal up, and has to do it first. So she's been in there a week now, and we're looking at at least another half a week, if not more. She's going to be okay - while it's slow, it *is* healing - but removing seven liters of liquid from someone's belly is a pretty major thing and takes a while to recover from.
So meanwhile, I've been taking care of the (ancient diabetic) cat, and keeping her house in order, and paying her bills and such, at least as best as I can. And not going to work, but hey, I've got vacation time, I may as well use it somehow.
And that's what's been going on with my life. I hope the rest of you all are doing better.
I'm still not sure what I want to do with this journal. I've been half-thinking of it as a Write Interesting Things journal, and half-thinking of it as a Keep Up With Zorba's Life journal. This seems to fall pretty solidly into the latter half, but this uncertainty is why I didn't get around to posting until now.
I'll figure it out. Just need time.
Man, could I use some spare time.