My Aunt has brain cancer and my grandma describes my grandpa's health simply as "failing". They are both in South Dakota, where my family comes from. My parents and brother are going up there for the holiday. I was going to stay here because Tandra can't get enough time off work to come along. But now, my Aunt has a year and we really have no idea how much longer my grandpa is going to be around.
So it's looking like I'm going to have to burn 16 of the 17 vacation hours I have available to me to go up to South Dakota to see family members and have to be away from Tandra and the kids on Christmas.