I won't lie - part of me is REALLY ready to put 2010 behind me. That being said, I'm a little surprised at the amount of stuff that took place in a year where, for the most part, I felt I was at a standstill. Back in January I literally had NO idea what the year would hold for me. My biggest fear was that Keith would stay in the condition he was in and that my life would continue in the manner that it had been for so many months. My second biggest fear was that I would lose Keith and unfortunately that came true, but every day I am grateful that he won even though it hurts my heart that he's gone.
For close to a solid year my life was in limbo and I never knew where Keith would be. Would he be stable enough to remain at the nursing home? Would he be rushed to the hospital where I would anxiously await lab results to see what I was dealing with? Would he be diagnosed with something that would require him to be admitted to a specialty hospital? Would they send him directly to ICU or would he be sent to a regular floor room? I can honestly say that I do not miss those days. I was so limited in what I could do and where I could go - but even with those restrictions I did more than I realized.
Brooks has been to Austin to see family a half-dozen times; he's gone to San Antonio close to that amount to see some of our closest friends. He and I (along with my mom) spent a few days in San Diego although it was for business and not so much pleasure. I entered an essay contest for the Today Show, won it, and then went to Scottsdale for a few days with my sister to redeem the prize. I decided to go back to work so I got a job. I was told for the seventh, yes seventh, time that Keith was dying and that he wouldn't pull through. But he did. I experienced hospice. I planned a funeral. I went to another funeral for him in Lubbock. I thought Brooks and I might get our own place so I looked at a bunch of places for us. I started working. I spent about a million hours on the phone with various companies for various reasons. I handled all kinds of matters that I didn't know I could. I went to Belize. I experienced another death - my grandfather Papa Jack, my mom's dad. I took Brooks to Merkel to see Keith's family for Thanksgiving. And now I'm ready for Christmas, 2011, and the opportunity to move forward with my life. :)