The past six years have been really difficult between Thanksgiving and New Year's, all in different ways but adding up to the question in the title: was there some mirror I broke? and if so, will 2022 be the last of this? To recap:
2016: Thanksgiving Day, we have to bring Mallory in to the vet for the last time. A week later, my eye problems start up and I spend the first week of Winter Break coping with the effects of an IV steroid treatment.
2017: Trip to Dublin, interrupted by the effects of Prednisone, followed by The Cough That Ate Winter Break, leading to bruised ribs.
2018: Mom's last month, and then, on New Year's, we lost her.
2019: One year since Mom, plus effects of all the CRION meds over the years (muscle weakness, some fine motor control issues)
2020: Month someteenth of the Longest Academic Year Ever. No Break, just working to keep things going from afar.
2021: An SVT episode sends me to the ER; 11 hours later I'm released (luckily, because the option was to spend the night on a gurney in the ER hallway). Fingers tripled crossed that this is it for the "holiday" season.