Well, I was supposed to be on vacation this week, but it has turned into something else. As I have posted previously, my step-father was battling lung cancer. Last week, he was in the hospital and they eventually sent him home on Tuesday. On Wednesday, my mother fell and broke her arm. She had been caring for my step dad up until then.
Once she broke her arm, she needed treatment too and could no longer take care of him. My siblings and I decided we needed to schedule trips to Pittsburgh, spreading out the visits to make they would have someone there to help them as often as possible. My sister drove to Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Saturday morning, my step-dad lost his battle with cancer. Fortunately, my sister was there with my mom so that she was not alone. The rest of us made immediate plans to get Pittsburgh. I was there by 530pm. My brother shortly after that. My youngest sister and her husband flew in by 7pm. The whole family is together again. Of course, my mother’s house is now quite crowded, but we are all here.
On top of everything else, my mother is having surgery on her arm today. The funeral will be Friday.
My step-brother and his wife have been an immeasurable help to my mom and step-dad over the past few months. When my mom broke her arm, they dropped everything to get her to the hospital and get her taken care of as well. I am so grateful they were there.
This week is very difficult. Certainly, my whole family is grieving, but our grief is nothing compared to what my mother and my step-siblings are going through. I know their dad was sick and they knew he would die from his cancer one day, but no one expected this quite so soon. Nothing prepares you for the reality of a loved one’s death. And losing a parent is hard.
I also truly feel bad for my mom. She is really struggling. I am very concerned about how she will handle things once we all leave town. I am going to come up here again in a couple of weeks to help her out. DC is just a short drive from Pittsburgh, so it is easy to get here, even in my teeny-weeny Smart Car, which got pretty good mileage on the way here.
So, blogging may be intermittent this week. I can tell you that this trip has been rough on my diet. I don’t think I’m eating anything particularly bad. I did have to make a quick grocery run to grab some fruit and nonfat Greek yogurt. I did not bring any protein powder, so I have doubled up on the yogurt. I’m not too worried about being too low on protein as I am eating about 1200-1400 calories per day. The Greek yogurt should tide me over until I get home or to a vitamin store or something.
I’ll be back on my regular blogging schedule next week.