Last night the guitar player from my band and myself went to rehearse with an old singer friend from a few years back. Half of her band had quit and she had some shows booked so we offered to sit in.. Last night was our second practice together. She came in and she was fine, but within minutes she was freaking out saying her chest felt tight and that she was having vision problems. She's had heart problems since she was a kid so we were all worried for her.. Well, long story short, she could barely see clearly by the time the drummer got her to the hospital. She was rushed into surgery where the operated on her for approx 6 hours to replace a valve in her aorta that had torn.. She's currently in the ICU, heavily sedated, and with a breathing tube in her throat.. This woman and I have been friends for years, but recently due to some personal events (Both our spouses left us this past summer. We're also battling almost the same internal demons), we've grown much closer. We've gone out to dinner, watched movies, laughed until we were blue in the face, and cried on each other's shoulders.. They say she's going to pull through and I believe it, but it doesn't change the fact that I keep seeing my friend in an ICU bed with a tube coming out of her mouth.. I've been fighting back the tears all morning, just waiting for them to come out.. Thanks for listening.