Bad news

While away on holiday in Bulgaria (R won a stay at the Melsa Coop hotel in Nessebar last year) I received the awful news that my dad had a stroke. Pretty much spoiled the last days there. I was so worried, but at least he’s stable, conscious and lucid. It was pretty bad though and treatment didn’t work, so he suffered the full blow of it. He seems to be paralysed on his left side at the moment… I know it could’ve been much worse. He’s 80 in December and suffers from heart faillure, but still… This is DAD. He’s invincible, right?
We just got back Saturday (only one flight a week to Bruxelles) and I’ve managed to book a flight to Portugal for Wednesday. I’m almost affraid of seeing my dad so vulnerable in hospital R has no more days, so it’ll just be me and Sprout. My father in law kindly offered to pick us up at the airport and drive the 500km up to my parents’. That will be a HUGE help. Times like these, being far kinda sucks. We had another family incident earlier this year and were oblivious to what was going on. It’s hard not to be close to loved ones, especially when they’re suffering.
I now worry about my mom… She’s a heck of a strong lady, but has her own issues. They have family close by, but both me and my sister are in different countries. How do other expats out there handle these situations? Please send good vibes his way!

3 thoughts on “Bad news

  1. Sandra, que triste notícia na sua família. Imagino como você deve estar se sentindo… No ano passado o pai do meu marido teve um sério problema de coração, passando por várias cirurgias e ele ficou completamente angustiado com a distância. Nós morávamos na Irlanda e o pai estava no Brasil… Vai lá, dá todo seu amor e força para sua família, você vai sentir que está fazendo a coisa certa e eles sentirão seu amor, isso é o mais importante, estarem juntos. Desejo que seu pai se recupere logo, eu já vi muitos casos em que as pessoas recuperam-se completamente mesmo com uma parte do corpo paralizada e com o carinho e apoio da família ele vai ficar bom. Muita luz e força para vocês!!

  2. Querida Sandra, toda a minha força para ti!
    Viver fora do nosso país é isso mesmo…por um lado a nossa realização profissional, por outro, viver com o nosso coração na nossa família que está longe…
    De qualquer maneira, desejo que tudo se recomponha e que a tua familia volte a encontrar a paz e a serenidade tão necessárias!

    Se precisares de algo enquanto cá estiveres (boleia, conversa, casa, etccccc) já sabes que podes contar connosco!”
    Força e energia positiva!!!!
    Vanessa

  3. Hi, Sandra!

    I know what it’s like…. but things will turn out ok, you’ll see! You know we are close by so if you need anything don’t hesitate..

    Love,
    Lucy

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