Pardon me for butting in on this direct or personal reply to Paul, but…
You don't need to explain to Paul or as a matter of fact to anyone here at TN, because I think we all (well most of us sober think members anyway) understand what's it all about, but it just shows what a first class guy you really are. No fear to face and tackle the "dragons".
Most of us know what it is or how it feels to go through a tough patch in life, but that does not mean that our whole world falls apart or that we are loosing grip just because we are facing realities and talk about it with friends. The TN doctor and his Sunnyside nurse should have know better than to 'voice' their "(un)professional", "unwanted", and "unasked for" opinions in the way they did, so don't you fret about those klutz’s. The main thing is that you get to terms with your situation and that Mary gets the best possible medical attention you can attain. Continued prayers, good rest, time, and the proper medication are bound to improve Mary’s condition and I am sure we will soon hear of a positive prognosis.
Something which I have not told you or any of the people here on TN before (I only told ManYee about it) is that early January 2007 I was diagnosed with cardiac failure (cardioptosis) which I contracted after a heavy flu attack, during December 2006. My heart, lungs, and kidneys took a serious knock, while the cellulites problem I already had was worsened due to the increased secretion of oedema and lymphatic juices. No need to go into all the details here, but suffice to say that I also felt like loosing it. When your own ticker attacks you it is not so easy to fight back, but the only thing you can do is to fight back, psychologically and physically. Slowly I am winning, but there is still a long uphill battle since it is really an incurable condition, but the medication and prayers are successful in easing the symptoms and therefore improving my quality of life once again.
So, as I said (hopefully, faithfully, and positively), through the continued prayers of friends, some good rest, time, and the proper medication I am sure you would soon find that Mary's condition will improve back to near normal and maybe (just maybe) we will see a lovely posting to celebrate the joyful occasion. (This doctor don't want to hear any arguments, OK.)
Take care and keep well.
PS. Maybe you should have taken Paul up on his offer for "posting-in-your-stead". Who knows, it might have resulted in a pleasant variation to your portfolio (chuckle). After all, he is no slouch with a camera either and he could have enhanced your material with a fresh new injection (ha-ha-ha).