so some background - i am canadian (east coast) and live in socal. getting home is a bit of a trek - usually takes 20-30hrs door to door. my mom has advancing dementia and i wanted to go home and since i work online i have the ability to go there and work and stay awhile (or so i thought). i fly home - leave at 6am my time, get to home at 4am - wake up at 9 am to get stuff ready for work. realize right away i am not allowed to log into work from canada, nor can i access email etc. the 4hr time difference - i cant call anyone - they are still in bed...immediately i know i need to call off for the day, but i cant do it as im supposed to...but i figure it out. i also realize i cant stay in canada. so while trying to figure out work issues and access etc...i also am trying to book a ticket back to socal. turns out my original ticket was not transferrable so i had to buy a whole new one leaving that day at 3pm ($$). so off i go to see my mum for 2hrs, have lunch with my brother on the way to getting dropped off at the airport. - i end up on the same plane i landed on with the same crew lol...and almost 26hrs later i am in socal (3flights and a 12hour layover). was home a total of about 12hrs - i spent more time in toronto coming back lol. back to work. those emotional 2hours were great though. ive spent the last 24years away from home (work is hard to find where i come from - and now i am pretty much settled) - it never gets easier, apparently only harder. definitely harder.