Her Sister-In-Law Demanded She Stay with Her Husband’s Sick Mother in Hospital, but When She Said She Couldn’t Afford To, the SIL Called Her Selfish

A woman recently wondered if she was being selfish for refusing to stay in the hospital with her severely ill husband’s grandmother because she had to get up for work at 3 a.m. Here’s what the woman had to say.

A Happy Decade with a Twist

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This 26-year-old woman and her 28-year-old husband had been happily married for ten years. However, recent family events made her reconsider her relationship with her husband’s relatives.

A Sudden Hospitalization

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The couple faced a crisis when the husband’s 83-year-old grandmother had a severe heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. The woman felt particularly close to her, considering her like her own grandmother.

A Difficult Visit to the Hospital

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During one visit, the woman and her husband were disheartened by the hospital staff’s unprofessional attitude. “Today we went to see her, and found out as we were leaving that no one would be able to stay with her,” she mentioned. With an early work shift ahead, she felt she couldn’t stay.

A Request from Her Sister-In-Law

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After their visit, her husband’s sister asked her to spend the night at the hospital. She gently declined. “I told her I don’t mind, but I have to work in the morning; I work in a restaurant and have to open the store at 3 in the morning. She said okay and just left it at that,” she recalled.

Her Willingness to Assist

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She was ready to help when she wasn’t working. However, given her transportation issues and early work shifts, staying overnight would disrupt her job. She couldn’t risk being late or missing work.

The Sister-In-Law’s Reaction

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Later, the sister-in-law texted her again, insisting that she stay to ensure the grandmother’s care. Unable to comply due to her circumstances, she declined. This led the sister-in-law to accuse her of being selfish.

Financial Troubles Add Pressure

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She and her husband were already dealing with monetary issues. Maintaining regular work hours was crucial, especially since she had already taken some days off to help care for the grandmother.

The Family’s Mixed Views

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Family members had varied reactions. Some sided with her sister-in-law, while others sympathized with her position and understood her limitations.

Doubting Her Decision

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Feeling torn, she pondered if her choice of not staying overnight was justified.

People Online Reacted

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One person said, “Her own children can’t be there, and expect someone not even blood-related to pick up the slack? I hope your husband has your back on this.”

Someone else replied, “You’ve said it plainly enough: you have to work. So do Grandma’s kids. They can’t be there because of work. I’m not sure why they expect you to be.”

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