I stay away from Mudcat sometimes, or just do a couple posts. Doesn't mean I don't think of you!
I'm glad your doctors seem sorted out, though waiting until January must be tiresome.
I personally doubt you've lost much in the way of smarts! I know I have, but it's down to normal aging, and not so much smarts as being a touch slower on information processing.
You know I don't pray, but if good thoughts have any influence at all, you have mine. ;-)