What a blessing that you all were there for her. It is so hard to wonder why bad things happen to us, but I think you're right: you were going to be needed there, for your neighbor, last night, and if all had gone according to your own plans and hopes, you wouldn't have been. Thank God you were able to help.
A huge congratulations to you for helping out while having a panic attack yourself! That's so wonderful, that you were able to keep functioning in spite of how you were feeling for yourself.
Boatloads of hugs to you, my sweet friend,
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