Things have settled down today. Thank you for your kind comments. They mean a lot.
My mother-in-law was checked out at the hospital and released. Nothing was broken or damaged. She was happily eating a hamburger after she got home.
My wife will celebrate five years of continuous sobriety tomorrow. She is having some AA friends over for dinner. And she is feeling better. She has suffered from depression most of her life. It has not been crippling but nonetheless it has been there. In graduate school, before I met her, she was hospitalized for depression. She does take prescribed medication which has helped. I believe that the stress of dealing with aging parents on top of the trauma of a heart attack has been difficult. But she is cheerful today and looking forward to cooking dinner for her AA friends.
We are going to lunch today. I bought her a card yesterday for her AA birthday. I am grateful that we both found a new way to live that doesn't involve arguing, blaming, self-pity, and resentment. Five years ago today we were mired in those sick feelings, and I was ready to call it quits on our marriage. She would get drunk that afternoon, screaming and crying. I would feel sick and tired of the loneliness and the repeated horror show. I know that five years ago today was terrible. I believe that neither of us wanted to do what we were doing. We simply didn't know there was another way. Yet, we were on the cusp of something wonderful. We just couldn't see it then.
I am grateful for being together and growing together. I love her. I realize that it takes strength to get through the rough waters. I am glad that we rode out the storms. There will no doubt be more but all seems calm today. Thanks for being here for part of the ride.