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I know NOTHING about the requirements for it - and I understand that WOrk Stuff just doesn't handle itself, but can you or Little Sis take a little FMLA time for this?

Little Sis's work is very understanding, but she started a new job last July, for a company too small for FMLA leave. They have been very accommodating, but she just hasn't accrued much paid time off to take. She's been able to work early/late to make up her hours so far, though.

My job has been supremely understanding, so it's definitely more of the "doesn't handle itself" variety for me. At first we weren't sure what we were looking at, and I even went to HR and got the FMLA paperwork/process started because I thought we might be staring down the barrel of "time off then plan a funeral"; once it became apparent we were looking at a much longer term decline, I started conserving time out of the office a bit more.

Thankfully enough - and put this in the "places you wouldn't believe you'd find yourself in 10 years ago" column - my ex-husband, his girlfriend and his family have stepped up to the plate in caring for Leroy Jethro, taking on some of the big kiddos stuff I'd usually handle (appointments I scheduled as convenient for my schedule only type stuff) and checking in with us to see what we need.

They have cared for Leroy Jethro for us, in their own homes. On days when the big kiddos were supposed to be there and I was at work, they just toted him right along.

Granted, over the years they have spent a lot of time with him* and he even calls the big kids' grandma "grandma" because that's what they call her, but...what a boon. And I couldn't have seen today from a decade ago.

The hardest days for us so far have been the unexpected - snow days, sickness, T's grandma *also* getting sick and now being in the hospital, taking MIL out of the equation as a babysitter. But we just slog through each one as they come up and do our best.

impolite

*There are an awful lot of hours to pass at baseball tournaments.
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