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To find this behaviour a bit OTT?

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DrSeuss Sun 07-Apr-13 11:08:44

Mil just rang me. She has a history of anxiety and has had treatment for this. She rang to say that she had just rung Dh's 65 year old aunt, who lives near us, since there is measles in our area and she was worried that Auntie C, who never married and has no children, might catch it. She had left no message as she didn't want to worry her. I explained that DH and I have both had it and both kids had MMR, so there wasn't really anything I could do to lessen the risk for Auntie C. I asked what it was that she wanted me to do, exactly?
Auntie C is retired, plays hockey at seniors county level, plays in two orchestras and recently trained as a warden for her local nature reserve. She has a PhD in Biology and used to teach it at University level, so really, I don't think I can really tell her to stay at home in case she catches something! I left her a message asking her to ring her sister and reassure her that there were no spots!
However, that's not normal on the part of Mil, is it? DH will dismiss it as just his mum being his mum but I wonder if there is more to it.

HollyBerryBush Sun 07-Apr-13 11:18:21

Did MIL ask you to do anything specifically, or was she just generally telling you she had left a message for Aunty C?

I would have refused to get involved. As MIL had already left a message for Aunty C, why did you leave another message telling Aunty C to phone MIL?

All sounds hideously he-said-she-said and convoluted.

SneakyNinja Sun 07-Apr-13 11:23:27

As you live near her, she was probably hinting that you should maybe visit her to check she's ok? Seems a bit paranoid but not overly unreasonable.

DrSeuss Sun 07-Apr-13 11:23:37

She said that she had rung me because she was worried about Auntie C. I rang the auntie because a) she has time to deal with Mil, and b) she has patience!

DrSeuss Sun 07-Apr-13 11:24:20

We saw Auntie yesterday. And last Thursday. She was fine!

It doesn't really sound OTT, she has heard of an outbreak of something in the area her sister lives in, she is worried that her sister might catch it and called you and discussed her fear. She just sounds like a caring sister to me.

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