About a week after arriving the Phoenix area, my mother feel and hit her head (an acute subdural hematoma). Very bad. At age 81, and having had a stroke a couple years prior, this was a serious emergency.

My sister couldn't deal with this long-distance and I was there, so I hunkered down at my cousin's places to deal with her condition and see how it all played out. She recovered quite well at first, then plateau-ed, then things got dicey in terms of dementia. But here was a period in mid January where it was all lull, so I headed up to check out Vegas for a week or so.