This week my 90 year old aunt was rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke, which led to me abandoning all my plans and rushing to her bedside. Fortunately she is less critical than we first thought and now we are trying to look for answers about what actually happened.
A shock like this has made me appreciate the fact that I have a partner who took over looking after my daughter for the whole weekend without a word of complaint. Less cheering was the thought that I had been neglecting my Aunt in terms of visiting and keeping in touch.
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives that we forget the older people in our lives, who may be living on there own. I have a really small family compared to most people, so I definitely have no excuse. I’m lucky that my aunt has such fantastic neighbours who keep and eye on her, as well as a team of people who come in and keep her home tidy or help her shower. Because I knew she was well looked after, I think I just felt I could step back and get on and prioritise everything else and that was wrong. I got caught up in my own life with child care, work, writing, decluttering and looking after my mother, but I also needed to make time for my Aunt.
Luckily I’ve got a second chance with my Aunt to let her know how much I love her and I’ll be making the most of it.
Is there anyone in your family you should be calling?