my wonderful mother had a stroke Monday morning. It came as a complete surprise because she has been in very good health. The left side of her body has been effected. She is in the hospital and will be there for a few more days. My sister lives just a few miles from her (we are 450 miles away), and has been at her side. Her grandchildren have been there as well. We skyped with her Tuesday afternoon (my thoughtful sister brought her computer to the hospital so all my mother's far-flung children could see her face). It was good for our hearts to see her, to laugh with her, to hear her talk about her experience. We are hopeful.
The furnace repair guy came and the furnace is working at the moment. If it continues for 24 hours, we'll breathe a much-needed sigh of relief over that.