I had surgery last Thursday and it went well. I'm still really sore and still taking a lot of pain meds, but I'm hoping that slows down soon. Went home Friday around noon and people started showing up for BIL's memorial a few hours later. We had a huge turnout and it was just a really nice time. I was really happy with the way everything came together.
One thing that really stood out to us was that none of H's cousins, aunts or uncles came. Only immediate family members and friends were present. That was extremely disheartening for us. We go out of our way to keep in touch with these people by phone calls, texts, and emails, and we plan get together's in Chicago for everyone, just to try to keep the family together. My H loves his cousins and family - so the lack of support angered me and broke his heart. One aunt/uncle pair had a good excuse (uncle was scheduled to have a colonoscopy the same day.) No one else gave an excuse, or they gave multiple excuses (one said to me that he had no one to watch his dogs, while he told H he couldn't get a half day off of work...well..which is it?) Regardless if they all had good excuses, we didn't recieve any condolence cards or flowers or any recognition that BIL had passed or that they were sorry. I'm sure part of our heartbreak was maybe due to overreaction because our emotions were running high as well.
We had a long discussion on Sunday night about how to deal with the heartbreak, lack of support from people we love and trust, if we should say anything to them or just move on, how we'd handle any future Chicago get together's, etc. We decided we'd be the "bigger people" forgive them for their lack of support and move on.
Then on Monday, we find out that H's uncle passed away (he was the father of the cousin who gave multiple excuses of why he couldn't be at BIL's memorial and also MIL's little brother.) He was only 54. So....now we are gearing up for yet another memorial this weekend.
I just can't believe we cannot catch a break. Hopefully this is the last of it for us for a while.
Sorry to be a debbie downer - I just really need to vent somewhere. H and I got into a fight last night and I ended up leaving the bedroom and went downstairs to watch TV for a few hours to cool off. When I got back upstairs, H was still awake. We talked and came to the conclusion that we are dealing with a ton of stress all at once, when most other couples usually only have to deal with things like this one at a time. We just need to realize this is going to be extremely rough to get through and we need to focus on us and stick together and fight through it as a team. But lately it seems like everytime we get through one tough situation, another is thrown in our face. Sigh. I'm tired! And I just spilled my guts...haha.
I am going to go home and get some more pain meds and take a nap. On a positive note, my work sent me a gift card to one of my favorite restaurants AND I found a coupon for buy one meal get one free for Tuesdays only, so H and I are going out for a totally free meal tonight.