Thanks, he'll be fine
Medicine is amazing these days. He had one blocked artery, they cleared it, put in a stent and sent him home two days later. But, it's still scary, especially at age 50.
I understand your feeling Craig. It is like going to a party where you know no one and the others tend to gravitate towards their friends.
It is difficult to break the ice and your first attempts to mingle are usually not very successful.
I don't think this is an attempt to shun anyone...it is just the way people socialize.
I'm a lurker and have been on TBD for years. I would post rarely, but never got any response from anyone. That didn't bother me, because I enjoy reading other people's thoughts and ideas more than participating. TBD is like my morning newspaper.
Lately, I've posted more and people have begun to respond.
I still lurk more than I post, but I really believe it is not the intention of this group to hurt or exclude anyone.
Keep mingling, it'll pay off and it sounds like you could use some friends right now.