Breaking News: Grandma McBratFace to Bratty - Don't Visit Me!
We interrupt the Bratty Chronicles for more breaking Bratty news!!!
Bratty is in the process of applying to schools for another post-bacc program as she still wants to pursue medical school. One of those schools is in the mid-west and about an hour's drive from Grandma McBratFace's home. Grandma is 87 years old and lives in a senior living community. SO's sister lives nearby and stops by daily to help Grandma with her medicine, etc. Although Grandma is still doing well for her age, she suffered a small stroke a couple of years ago that has impacted her memory and cognition.
So last month Bratty called Grandma out of the blue and said she would be visiting soon since she wanted to see this school. Grandma initially said, that's nice but not until I'm vaccinated (Bratty works in a clinic and was already vaccinated). So Bratty scheduled time in May to visit Grandma and booked her flights, and sent an email around to the whole extended family bragging that she was vaccinated, etc but would take any precautions for Grandma's safety.
I first looked at Bratty's flights (and I don't know why they sent the whole itinerary to everyone) and said to SO it was problematic. Bratty booked wierd flights that involved 6+ hour layovers (as opposed to the zillion direct flights from the Bay Area to Chicago) and got into O'Hare at a very early time in the morning (5 am). So it would be a real hassle for someone to go pick up Bratty at that hour, and plus it was a weekday so SO's sister would be working (she's a teacher). SO said Bratty would figure it out on her own.
So a couple of weeks later SO and Grandma were talking (each kid calls Grandma on a certain day of the week to help orient her and SO's day is Friday) and Grandma complained about the flights and said she would pay for a direct flight instead. SO said he thought Bratty might get offended but to go ahead and offer that.
Next I heard Grandma was so upset and fearful of Bratty's visit (particularly the flights with the long layovers) that she planned to email Bratty this weekend and tell her not to visit. SO spoke to his sister on Saturday morning and she explained that Grandma has a lot of anxiety about people visiting and exposing her to COVID even with vaccinations. And she thinks all young kids are partying like the images on the news from spring break kids in Florida. When SO's other sister visited from CA (she is an RN) Grandma quarantined for 2 weeks after even though both had been vaccinated, as an example of her fear level.
We haven't heard if Grandma sent Bratty an email yet or not but stay tuned....