What can I say, it has been a roller coaster ride.
In May last year I started the process of becoming a member in the NZ Red Cross Information Technology and Telecommunications Emergency Response Unit, however due to the death of my father I was not able to attend the initial introductory training course at that time. (More on the IT&T ERU later)
So my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68. This was the start of the roller coaster ride. While Dad had had some health problems this was completely unexpected, and by the time I heard that he had gone into hospital he was in a coma and never came out of it. I spent a bit of time supporting mum and sorting out some of the things that needed to be done.
3 weeks later my wifes father passed away from cancer. While this was more expected, on top of the recent loss of my father this was another low on the ride.
more to follow ....