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A Sad Season

December 27th, 2023 at 08:05 pm

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family, so I'm not bah-humbugging -- but it has also been a sad and challenging Christmas. My nephew died a week before Christmas -- complications from Type 1 diabetes. It was a shock. I knew about his disease, but had no idea he was in trouble. I went to the funeral, which was out of state, and I was glad I did, since I saw family members I hadn't seen in a while. But still, a very sad affair.

Then I learned that my sister was scammed out of all of her money by someone posing as a PayPal employee. She is naive and not very savvy about technology -- and she is 80 years old and her cognitive function is diminishing -- so it is not too surprising that this happened. Her two bank accounts were emptied. There wasn't a whole lot there, but it was the money she had on hand to pay bills. The banks are working with her, and she will eventually get some or all of it back. But right now she has $2. Social Security payment will arrive in two days, thank goodness.

The worst part of it is that this has sent her into a deep depression. I'm worried, and I feel helpless. I will see her soon, when I travel next week, so I will be able to help her a little bit. Unfortunately, I'm not so rich myself.

And I just talked on the phone to my friend who is in a nursing home. It was a very difficult conversation -- he has good days and bad. This was definitely a bad one. But as we were talking, some of his family members arrived so I hope they will perk him up.

Altogether just a hard time.

I start my trip on the 1st. My sister was going to come along, but now she doesn't want to, and who can blame her. She just wants to get back to normal. So it will be my friend and I, a road trip to NC and FL, with a wedding to attend in Orlando. Hope it will put me in a happier state of mind.

Financial update to come later....

5 Responses to “A Sad Season”

  1. Wink Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear such sad news. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your nephew. It really angers me that there are so many scammers out there that prey on the vulnerable. I hope your sister recovers both financially and emotionally. Take care!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Wow, that is a lot of sadness to be thrown around during the holiday season. I'm sorry you lost your nephew. That's a bummer about your sister being scammed, but thankfully she did not have much to be scammed out of. Hopefully, they get the person that did it and she gets back what was stolen. People who prey on the elderly or disabled should have extra added to their sentences. My mom thinks everything is a scam, even legitimate things, so we kind of have the opposite problem, there, so she now checks with us about everything. Sorry your nursing home friend wasn't doing so well, too. I hope you cheered him up.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Was it your sister son that passed?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    No, it was my late brother's son.

  5. terri77 Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s a good reminder for diabetics such as myself to take care of ourselves.

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