I’m back at work on Monday, we have training days on Monday and Tuesday and start teaching on Wednesday. The first hour of the day will probably be spent with forms handing out timetables and other admin. stuff. All fairly standard stuff. My dilemma is that, after waiting an entire summer for my husband to have urgent surgery to remove a tumour and a cancellation this week, he’s been told he can have surgery on Wednesday (first proper day of teaching). School are well aware of the health problems he’s been having and have been very supportive. He’s very anxious about the surgery and I’d really like to be there with him while he goes through all the pre-op stuff and before he goes down to the operating theatre. Obviously the timing is awful, should I even bother asking for the time off? I can’t bear the idea of him sitting there on his own and we’ve got a friend on standby if school says no.