For the first time in the two years since I moved here to Sydney, I really wish I were back in England.
The younger of my two sisters is in bed, unable to move and in a great deal of pain in her hip and leg.
I’ve just spoken to her on the phone and I could hear actual pain, not just discomfort, in her voice. She’s my baby sister, 10 years younger than me, and I desperately want to make it better for her but I can’t. All I could do is advise her to call a physio therapist for an urgent home visit and hope that they can remedy what her GP and local hospital ER have merely ‘treated’ with entirely ineffective pain killers and muscle relaxers.
That’s the thing about being the eldest: you’re supposed to be able to look after everyone. I should be there. She needs me.