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My father is in the hospital

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I got a call this morning letting me know that my father had been hospitalized.  It was not a surprise, really.  He has been ill for a long time.  Years.  I have been coping with living far away from a father I adore and admire.  One who is slowly fading away.  For many years.  It never gets easier to receive that early morning phone call letting me know that he is, once again, in the hospital.  

 

My first instinct is to drop everything, to get on the first plane, to see him, to be with him, to hold his hand again.  But I have responsibilities to handle here before I can do that, so I hold it together as long as I can, as much as I can.  I talk to my sister, to my mother.  I gather what information I can from them in order to make a reasoned decision under the circumstances.  I try to remember that caring for others must also involve some self-care.  I know self-care will be thrown out the window in the next few days, hours, minutes, as the situation warrants.  I think I am going to have to get up and get dressed soon, but not yet.  Just a few moments of pretending everything is OK before I face the reality out there.  I don't want to do this.  Not yet.  

 

Well, at least tomorrow I have an appointment to get my highlights and manicure done.  A little pampering goes a long way, I suppose.

 

I'm rambling.  Time to go face the day.



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missbumble

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So sorry to hear about your Dad, Keep us posted... And I would hop on a plane (bring some Jenny food with you) 

I know its hard being far away - but you never regret the trip you take .. 

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IWantToBeHealthy

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Mia’s mom.  I’m very sorry to here about your dad.  I went through the same thing with my mom.  She was sick for years and lived in Florida and I’m in NJ.  It is always difficult to make the decision to go or notgivdn respinsibilities with job and kids.

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I am so sorry to hear about your father. I totally understand that long-term illness makes it even harder to know what to do. You can't possibly hop on a plane every time there is a health challenge - or you would be flying back and forth all the time which makes it hard to juggle all your other responsibilities.  We haven't heard from you in a while... so I hope that everything is okay...

 

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