can I whine here, just a teensy bit?
Mother, who is 95, has a cold. I got her to the doctor this morning, and we're going to a ENT specialist next week, since her voice has been getting hoarser over the past year, but the cold has made it worse... doc wants the specialist to look for a tumor on vocal chord. Nothing to do for a cold, except the usual. But she does feel poorly.
Anyway, I have just had three hours of her saying repeatedly in a terribly whiny voice, "Oh, I feel so bad, why can't I just die now?" and other variations on the theme. Then there comes, "I hate to be a burden on you", "I know your husband hates me for taking all your time", "you don't have to do anything for me", and other gems.
All said in a voice that makes fingernails on a chalkboard sound like music.
I don't always know what to say, so I try to keep my composure. I do tell her that I do not want to discuss money, either hers, mine, my brothers, or anyone else's, in public places like waiting rooms... especially when I have to raise my voice to be heard. Other than that I make no negative comments.
Sorry, but today it just got to me. I think I need an house of enforced quiet for a few hours. Then when my wonderfiul DH gets home, he can make me a drink and it's his turn to fix dinner.
Thanks for letting me whine.....