so mom eventually came home from visiting with grandma and aunt lucille. she shared the same news we had already heard from her over the phone, and we sat and cried a little. julie is a professional cheer-upper, i think. whenever it gets too hard, she does something bizarre and we all laugh. about an hour after mom got home, aunt lucille called with an update from the hospital- his bleeding has eased up a little- it is now officially "oozing" and not "seeping." i dunno. so he is doing a little better now. aunt lucille was planning on going home tomorrow morning, but she's gonna stick around a little longer since everything is up in the air right now.