My mom broke her good hip back in April, and due to comorbidities such as kidney failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), spinal stenosis, and shot knees that cannot be replaced to her health issues, she didn't recover well from the hip replacement necessitated by the fracture. She is mostly housebound and I split my time between her apartment in NE IL and mine on the outskirts of Milwaukee. I'm doing OK-ish, also arthritic, spinal stenosis, etc, and shot knees, and chronically stressed out, but managing. I just havn't had time to post as much as i"d like, though still read as I can. My sister is a waitress and if she doesn't work she doesn't get paid. She and my mother are both ill right now. I'm the piker with a head cold up against a COPDer and an asthmatic with major crud. My sister is going to Taiwan to see her son/daughter in law and new grandchild shortly. So, more falls on me. I am obviously a great aunt and quite besotted. My mother, at 85, is over the moon, of course. I've got a good case of shoemaker;s children going on. Mom's apartment is clean, mom is cared for, etc. My place is the pits, orange guy in profile picture, Thomas, is now 16, has health issues, but HE is taken care of. Can't say so much for myself or my place,which is a pit. Actually I don't know what I'd do without that cat. I'm around and will try to focus more, but am, as Copa and our other Jewish friends might understand, suffering from a chaic shortage (my get up and go has got up and left. I'm sort of chronically exhausted and in pain. I do have a smart phone, don't use a phone keyboard easily or rapidly. The good news is that my mother and I are very close these days, not so much my sister who has her issues still. Both of us have "awkward personalities, my sister addictive as well, and we share care of my mother to a degree. Anyway, I do still live in the same place, just not home as much as I should be, and catching up on sleep and cat cuddles when I am home.