Yes, the forum was down for several months. It happened when SLC did their software updates. Then it sorta came back....you can see there is information missing from the main page of the forum and members are "learning" how to make new threads and find posts.
Sorry, but from what I have been told, Dulcimer is unable to post(banned) I don't know about anniebelle. I haven't posted here in a long time.
But, Honey and Gemi (gemhound), both read your post here and send (((hugs))) for you and Raymond hope he heals up and it works out with your neighbor