Friday, August 02, 2013
I have an 88-year-old aunt (who was really our family's matriarch, and like a grandma to most of us), who seems to be in her last days.
I will consider attending her funeral in Canada. However, there are a few complications:
* possibly an MRI and a KU Med Center appointment to re-schedule
* expensive airline tickets, etc. (Depending on the dates I google, costs vary from around $700 to $1100. I guess I could spring for either, if I decided to, but, I'm struggling with how to make that decision. I'll try to priceline it, and that might reduce the cost by several hundred dollars.)
* some anxiety about flying alone. I seem to get stressed over things that did not used to stress me, prior to developing multiple sclerosis.
Please think of me (and, send up a prayer or two, if you are a praying person) while I wait for updates on my aunt's situation, and attempt to make the decision about whether to attend the funeral or not.
A side note -- I was recently in Canada for our vacation, and had an awesome visit with her. Other family members said that her good days were very infrequent. Often she would not get out of bed; some days she wouldn't open her eyes. The day that we were there, we had coffee and doughnuts with her in the nursing home dining room, and a nice visit. It felt like a gift to spend that blessed time with her, so soon before the end.