My son went in for surgery a week ago. We had this planned for quite awhile, and it was taking place less than a mile from my parents house.
The day before surgery, I spoke with mom. My son suggested we pick her up on the way, she had said she wanted to come and visit and see Nick either before or after surgery. She said no, she would come later. OK.
We got to the hospital at 5:00am, I told mom I'd call her when it was almost time for surgery, and I did. We talked for awhile.
I called her about 6 times throughout the time he was in surgery, and afterwards in recovery. I called one last time once he was put in a room for the night.
Around 5:00pm came, and mom called me. She never said she was not coming, nor did she say she was coming to visit. I just figured she would considering she lives just up the street.
I never did hear anything from mom, and she never showed up. My son agreed to stop by her house on the way home. So we did, she seemed odd.
I was super disappointed, I went through waiting alone, for 3 hours my son was in surgery. Just in February my sisters husband had surgery. I went to sit with her so she was not alone. My mom made a big deal about it, said how wonderful it was and how nice it was that my sister did not have to wait alone.
So I told my sister about this, and I also figured out through my kids that my sisters daughter was in town, and went to visit my mom on the same day my son had surgery. My kids figured she knew my niece was coming and didnt want to leave to go see my son.
I mentioned this scenario to my sister, and she insisted that mom did not know Kristina was coming. I find thats hard to believe.
So my sister has made every excuse under the sun for mom, like she always does. I on the other hand am kind of over it. I guess being alone for surgery is OK for me, but not them? I'm not sure how I can look at this any other way? My mom could have walked to the hospital, I offered to come pick her up, she could have taken the Blue Bus, 1/2 mile.
The point is, coming to sit with me and see my son was not important enough for her. If it were important, she would have come.
I seriously have to reconsider my position. I am too defeated with these types of situations. I expect somewhat of the same consideration from my family. Yet I dont get it, and continue to be disappointed. My kids say that grandma doesnt care about them as much as she cares about my sisters kids. Ask any one of them and they'd quickly tell you their side and journey with my family.
What do I do I thought? I called mom finally 5 days after surgery. She seemed nutty, confused, and never apologized for not showing up, or for not being there for me.
This is old news, too much for me at almost age 49. I dont recover as quickly from my child having surgery, and then added to that is this emotional stuff. I texted my sister screen shots of the outgoing calls I made to mom, so maybe if mom denied that I had ever called her, my sister would have proof that mom has gone around the bend?
I wont know the answer, my sister may never ask her why she didnt show up. I am still the dirty, disheveled kid that was left behind in the shopping cart. That is how I sometimes feel, when my so called family flakes on me.
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