But before it left...
We actually did go to my best friend's house for our traditional New Year's celebration. We stayed in and had a nice visit and a great dinner. However, the holiday was overshadowed when upon arriving I found out that she had received a phone call from her doctor that day and her mammogram and subsequent sonogram came back showing several cysts and one tumor. She has been referred to a surgeon for a biopsy/lumpectomy and has a breast cancer scare looming over her head.
My little granddaughter ended up in the hospital from dehydration.
My grandson brought home a stray kitten that he found on his job. The poor little thing was about starved to death and appeared to be a little sickly. My daughter thought rescuing a little kitten might give her something to feel good about so she agreed to the addition to her household.
She took the kitten to the vet thinking a checkup, a little food and some vitamins would quickly get him on his way back to good health. A hundred and thirty dollars later she finds out that the kitten has "cat herpes" that has blinded him in one eye and also showing signs of it being in the other eye. She was told it was non-curable, would flare up periodically, and cause him to be sick the rest of his life. It was also highly contagious to any other cat, pose a danger of infection to anyone that had sensitive eyes (which she does) and could be dangerous to anyone with a compromised immune system.
She had now exposed herself to eye infection, exposed her family cat to an incurable disease and also exposed every cat in her neighborhood. So she had to turn right around after thinking about it and pay seventy dollars more to have it put to sleep and disposed of! And the rescued little kitten that she was hoping would make her feel better after losing her brother, sister in law and nephew - lost his life to the tune of two hundred dollars at Christmas!
It's going to get better. I know it is.