Once again, thank you for remembering me and caring enough to start this thread. I'm sorry I'm so late in replying and thanking you. Skeye let me know, but I've just been too overwhelmed to respond. Thanks to Dani for responding, and bumping this back up so I caught it today!
My deepest thanks also to RetiredMom, Chartreux, Auntbuggey, Damouthy1, Golitho, Skeye, Dani and (of course) Flower for your kind words and thoughts. They mean a lot to me.
I still don't have the energy to start a more detailed update thread, so the short of it is on the bad news front, I had an MRI of my right knee today, and tomorrow see the ortho again to find out if I need surgery. The additional pain from that (an old injury that, of course, had to flare up in the past few months) has been horrible - even keeping me up at night despite my meds.
On the good news front, I received my award letter from SSD last week. I got it on the first try, without an attorney, but with a heck of a lot of work on my part and a wonderful letter from my current PM. I'm supposed to receive my first check next month, so I'll believe it when I see the money!
Thanks again everyone for your concern. I can't promise I'll be reading and posting regularly again, but I will try to stop in more often.
I wish all of you the best and apologize that I don't have the energy to read everyone else's threads and respond. Just don't have it in me right now. I hope you all understand.
Hugs to everyone,