Soooo..... my Dad had a heart attack. And then triple bypass surgery. In Dubai. He came from Canada to visit us at Christmas. But something wasn’t right. He walks 8 miles a day. He takes care of himself. He wasn’t feeling well. And then, boom. I was also 5 months pregnant at the time. And I suck at pregnancy. I mean award winning levels of sucking at it. 🤰 🥇
To say this shook me to the core would be an understatement.
He is back in Canada recovering. All these months later, it still feels raw. Seeing my Dad after the surgery, hooked up to a million tubes, brought me to my knees. I sobbed. The ICU nurse kept saying: ‘He’s okay, this is good. He made it through. ‘ I kept crying. Easily the most terrifying moment of my life to date.
Not sure why I am sharing this today. Didn’t really plan on ever sharing it on social media tbh. But I’ve been working on my ‘why’ lately - why is it so important to me to shine a light on the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren? I feel an even greater sense of urgency around this now. The grandparents in my children’s lives are getting older . We only have a set amount of time to make sure they are connected. To ensure a deep bond. To make sure they have memories. Being far away , living this expat life , truly brings this to the forefront . If you’ve read this far, thanks for listening. I’d like to keep sharing and creating ways to connect grandparents and grandchildren. Please do keep following along if this matters to you too ❤️ #connectyourclan #connectgenerations #careswelling #keepthemconnected #expatdubai #expatmom #expatmama #expatmum #canadianexpat