Have you ever experienced a time when seemingly everyone around you is:
- Unemployed or short of money
- Experiencing personal traumas
- One foot in the grave
- Depressed (often for good reasons - situational, not endemic)
- And otherwise not in a good place?
That's my situation right now. In my own family, both my brother and sister are not well (my brother is in the hospital), and my husband is slowly recovering from an antibiotic-resistant infection and pneumonia. In my husband's family, most have a variety of long-term illnesses, including the brother nearest in age with congestive heart failure.
My eldest is also experiencing a large number of sick or troubled people in her life, and my youngest grandchild is sick with a virus.
I'm getting afraid to answer the phone, for fear that it will be more bad news.