My grandmother, who lives in a foreign country, has been rushed into hospital in quite a serious condition - verging on a coma. My mother has flown out to be with her, but the cost of flights means this isn't an option for me. Advice from doctors suggests this is may something that may rather drag on; it's a case of wait and see (if she comes out of it or not). I have informed my HoD, so she knows I may not be on top of my game this week. However, I am finding it hard to cope with classes at all. I'm short of patience and quite tearful, and unable to stay concentrated. I was feeling stressed before this, and now everything has got worse. Some time off would be helpful, but I don't think I'm bad enough for WRS, and I don't think anyone would give LOA for sitting at home and being sad about my Grandmother. What can I do to avoid bursting into tears or completely losing my rag? Does anyone have any suggestions?