What I Learned In 2016:
1. When my body began sending out distress signals in March, I should not have assumed that the ever-increasing abdominal pain and the drastic loss of appetite were normal parts of aging. Wrong! Had I sought medical help earlier, I certainly would not have had so many months of grinding pain. My usual method of powering through the day was a huge mistake that I won't make again!
2. Cats know things! When I'm in crisis (including grinding pain), Nurse Cameo hovers as she stands guard and sleeps all night with me. When I'm better, she goes back to sleeping by the radiator or in the recliner. Our other two cats, Mysti and Amber, go into hiding when I'm in poor health.
3. When I had health crisis after health crisis in 2016, Mr. AOW and I found out who my true friends were. Thank you, dear friends, for all your help and for your words of encouragement along the way.
4. Oh! I almost forgot politics! Well, it turns out that America still holds surprises in politics — including the results of the 2016 National Election. A year ago, not many would ever have thought that Donald J. Trump would be elected the 45th President of the United States and that the following would become one of the most-frequently watched videos of 2016: