Be careful what you wish for.
So before Christmas mother in law was sick. Taken to hospital by ambulance and kept in for investigation (CT scan, colonoscopy, heart scan). Needs major surgery. Moved from the private hospital in the adjoining city to the public hospital in the next city. Delayed while the money is sorted out and blood donors arranged (yep you need to do that yourself here). Then delayed again while they stabilise her heart. All the time of course bills and other expenses keep going up.
Then the omicron wave. Mother in law tests positive and has to move to the quarantine ward, operation delayed, bills and expenses keep coming. Even the travelling is expensive. Then one by one the whole extended family catches covid. Another one in hospital the rest of us home quarantine.
Here there is no sick pay for most (they are now looking to introduce it) so just when money is needed the whole family is off work and unpaid.
I am sure this is a story repeated in one form or another across the country.
So a fucking nightmare both in terms of getting the mother in law operated on and out of pain and financially for us and the whole family.