So, some slightly better news ...
Emily's surgery apparently went very well. The wound wasn't as bad as they expected, so the healing should be much quicker. She still won't be able to try out for the Alabama band scholarship, so she now can't go to Alabama.
My uncle's family is over for New Years. My mother is a Bama grad, and she's currently wrestling with the dilemma of cheering for some team with a nasty player or for the dreaded Auburn.
Okay, they're talking about starting a pinochle game. Be back when it's over!