I haven't been here for a while because the acute crises with my mom are taking a break, thank god, and I needed a break from constantly talking about all of it. After a stroke in 2016, followed by 4 mos of rehab, she went home and has had 24/7 in-home care for over a year. In April, she went into septic shock from a UTI, miraculously recovered, and proceeded to be hospitalized 3 or 4 times for UTIs between then and late September. Since then - so 3 months and counting - she has been UTI-free. No idea why, as nothing is much different re her care. Tomorrow she will turn 85. My daughters and some cousins are going over to her apt with bubbly and cake. She has very little stamina for sitting and socializing these days, so I hope she will rise to the occasion for a little while. Happy New Year to all. I hope 2018 will be kind to us.