I've had enough of April and May. I'm ready for June. End of April my 84 yr old mom had heart surgery. The old gals tough and back in her hometown hospital recovering nicely. I have 2 sisters and 6 brothers and my younger bro and wife live within 15 min of mom. The two knew of the surgery and happened to call our 2nd oldest bro to let him know. That's where the communications fell down. I found out on my birthday when he called but that was 4 days after the surgery. So a few days later I managed to drive into the city the following Tuesday and visit (12 hr dayshifts with me being 1 1/2 hrs out meant I couldn't get there within visiting hrs) and my girls managed to stop in too. Thanks to my work schedule I didn't make it in again for almost a week only to find she'd been discharged and back in her hometown hosp the previous Friday. Again the ones in the know couldn't be bothered to relay that little tidbit of info to the rest of us:small3d002:. Oh well, it left us a little disappointed in them but at least the news on mom is good. May hasn't work out any better. A good friend and co-worker of 19 yrs ended up in the hospital a couple weeks later. They tried to do dialysis and blood transfusions on him but his internals were shutting down. The specialists sent him back to our area hospital as there was nothing they could do. He lingered for a week before he finally passed. He was only 49 and leaves a wife and two pre-teen kids. He was one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet. Always friendly and help anyone in need. Then today we had to put our family's best friend and companion down. Our 16 yr old Shepard cross Sadie. The old gal has had it hard for the past year. You could see every step she took was hurting her and the pain meds weren't helping. She'd wandered off a few times this spring when we'd let her loose; something she'd never done before. We figured she was trying to find someplace to die. It took us a while to convince our girls it was the right thing to do and, though reluctant, they could see she was in pain and just not happy. My wife and I were hoping she'd just pass away in her sleep but that was not to be. The vet was over this afternoon and we put Sadie out of her misery. I think she knew it was coming and didn't even shrug when the vet gave her the initial shot to put her to sleep. Something she wouldn't have done before with a stranger. We're really going to miss her. Ya, I'm ready for June.