This is a major procedure (two of them, actually) with some significant risk factors, but her prognosis is good. My sister and I will be at the hospital at 6 am to see our mother off into surgery, then awaiting developments in whatever waiting area they choose to stash us in.
I am very sorry to be missing the Surrey International Writers' Conference. I was quite looking forward to being there as a panelist, instructor and attendee. The trip was also apropos of the_child's thirteenth birthday celebration, tomorrow being the very day. Still, I need to be here for my mother far more than I need to be there, or anywhere else.