No way I can respond to everything, but here are a few:
Grace, sorry about your pup. They are so much a part of our family that we always want to do what we can to keep them with us as long as possible. You will know when it is time to let go. If the pain pills work and don't have any bad side effects, no reason they can't be used long term.
Horse Dad- congrats on the horse! Exciting times!
Alex, I am sorry. But don't give up hope. There is always a chance! Until you are told there is no way it can happen, you have to believe it COULD.
We had a lot of fun on our cruise. It was only two days. It had been almost 10 years since I have cruised and I had forgotten how much food there is. I feel like I gained 10 pounds in 48 hours. I only had 3 "adult" beverages while on board and was in bed by 10 last night while my friends hung out in the casino. I must be getting old. I did dance in the nightclub the first night and lasted until 12:30am. So, maybe I am not TOO old. I just can't do it two nights in a row.
Had such a nice ride on Isabella tonight when I got home. She was so calm and didn't give me one single argument. I was calm and confident and she must have sensed it. We were all alone at the farm and it was so relaxing.
I hope to ride again tomorrow since it is a holiday and I have the day off! The weather is supposed to be wonderful.