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It's Oh So Quiet

My Stepfather is home from the hospital, his body couldn't handle the chemo/radiation treatments.

Two of my other brothers are flying home next week to spend some time with him. I just got a week's vacation time approved and I'm thinking of using some of that time within the next week or so to go back home myself.

I spoke with a friend a few days ago and offered my condolences on his Mother's recent passing. He then offered some somewhat soothing words, letting me know how he was coping (his Mother passed from complications with cancer) and how this was all so terrible for us to endure but at the same time it's something that, if we're lucky enough to be around long enough, we know we're going to have to deal with.

I'm not quite ready to deal with it.

I'm getting there.

  1. Blogger Cyrus | 2/29/08, 8:43 PM |  

    I'm sorry Frankie. My adoptive mom is now 89, and my boyfriend's parents are 87 and 91. We both know exactly where you're at, and it's a weird place to be.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous | 3/2/08, 4:33 PM |  

    You're not asking for advice and I don't know what value you place in the comfort of strangers. Of course, it's difficult to not keep a good thought for you & your family after reading this. But what I really want you to know is, if you need more than a week's vacation to help you cope, you might qualify for unpaid time under the Family Medical Leave Act. My family member was a server at a chain restaurant and, under FMLA, she was able to take a mental-health week with a doctor's order.

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