So much has happened. I acquired five different bacteria at some point and went into the hospital in August 2016. I had Endocarditis and the drs, except my wonderful Cardiologist, Dr. Dailey, who agreed with me, wanted to swap out my aorta for new one. I was on IV antibiotics at home for 6 weeks after 8 days at UAB. And UAB staff was awesome by the way to a chick that had never spent more than a couple of days in the hospital. So looking back, I begin to look at accomplishments last year and this year so far. I'm glad to say, that I'm still here. Sad, to say that my brother is not. It will take a long time to actually realize that. Not get over it. I'll never get over it. Right now, I can hardly bear to see his photos. He was only 71. My Father was only 66 when he died. I guess our side of the family packs a lot of living into our years. Bill's Mom is now in full-blown Alzheimers. It hurts to visit her. Bill is good to go see his parents several times a week. Dad is 90 and still doing good. I miss Gloria.......There are so many other things that have happened, that hurt but I am truly blessed regardless. I have a wonderful, loving husband, amazing friends, and new ones everyday. I have so much to be thankful for! A good doctor posted that we all must acknowledge that death is a part of life, no matter how or when it comes. And like I posted so innocently last January, we think we have time. We always think we'll have time. I will be lighter and back to my old self and not quite such a downer next time I post.