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Bad news, unfortunately
I'm sure some of you remember me mentioning my father's best friend (of well over 50 years) Eddie, and his wife, Fredi. Fredi recently had a double mastectomy. She's doing well, thank goodness, the bad news isn't about her, it's Eddie.

He was about to go in for some major dental work, when he mentioned to his dentist that he was having a lot of trouble seeing out of his left eye. His dentist told him to go right to the eye doctor, who said it was indicative of a small stroke. They're not sure what caused it, his high blood pressure or diabetes or heart problems. He'll be going to his regular doctor this week (thank goodness, not to malign the dentist or the opthamologist, but really, I think he should be checked out by someone a little more qualified in the area). Dad is very upset, and so am I. I've gotten very close to them again, in the fourteen months we've been in Florida, and Fredi always tells me that I'm like a daughter to her.

That, of course, brings up another reason why I'm so depressed right now. Tomorrow would have been my mother's 65th birthday. I miss her so much, and it's always strongest on the "special" days, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries. In February it will be 3 years that she's gone, and it's still so unbelievable.

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Aww, I'm sorry, sweetie. I'll be thinking good thoughts.

And *big hugs* for missing your mom. It's worse for me during special occasions as well.

Thank you, Maddie. I'm always so glad to talk to you- I don't think anyone has understood exactly what I went through (and still am) as well as you. It's a terribly unfortunate thing to have in common. *hugs back tightly*

Oh, sweetie! *hugs*

You know, I can't believe it's been that long either. Your comment the other day had me thinking about your mom, and remembering everything you and your dad went through. It felt like we were right there with you, our hearts breaking with yours. Wish her a happy birthday, and celebrate, remember good days.

It's easier now, to remember the good times, than it's been in the past. Mostly there's a sense of "what if?" We have this new life in Florida, a beautiful house in a truly beautiful place, and I just wonder what it would be like to have Mom here. I hope she would have enjoyed it.

Thank you, Roxy. You're a very special person, and I haven't forgotten in the slightest your kindness and generosity when I needed it so much. *hugs*

Oh dear! Hopefully it's as bad as it will get.

Yes, it must be very hard at this time of year. *hugs*

Eddie had something called ALON, and the doctor says his vision should return in time. But he's terribly depressed, and that's not a good thing for him, he's had problems with depression before.

I honestly don't like this time of year. Between Chanukah and my mom's birthday, and next month my sister's birthday, it's pretty painful for us when we think about the fact that Mom just isn't here anymore.

Thank you, sweetie. *Hugs back*

Sorry you have bad news right now sweetie. :-(

Thanks, Heather. But I was cheered up by what I read on your LJ- congrats on all of the wonderful grades. So proud of you, even though I'm not surprised AT ALL.

Thanks, Suz. *CUddles back*

Oh No, I hope everything will turn out okay with Eddie! *hugs*

Apparently he had something called ALON. I have no idea what that it, I need to look it up. But it should improve in time, thank goodness.

::hugs from me!::

I miss my dad, so I can honestly say that I know exactly how you feel!

I'm glad the dentist was so on the ball and made that catch on Eddie's illness!

Dentists do serve Eddie well. It was his dentist, back when he lived in NY, who first realized he had a heart problem. Go figure.

I'm sorry about your dad. I guess you really don't get over losing a parent, and it's always worse this time of year. Sigh.

*Huge hugs*

I hope Eddie's health improves and you can enjoy the company of your friends for many years.

I'm so sorry your mom can't share your new life in Florida. I miss my mom terribly too. *Hugs*

Thank you so much, Carol. *Hugs tightly*

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