Something isn't sitting right with me, so I have a question for you guys.
BG: My grandfather (that is, my dad's father) had a stroke last year, and he lives at home, but my cousin and her husband moved into the house to help take care of him. They both work during the day, so for three hours or so every weekday someone stays with him to fix him lunch, keep him company, and just be on-hand if he needs anything. I take one of the days, and occasionally I've done an extra couple days if one of the other people they have doing it can't make it for some reason. End BG.
Today I got a text from my cousin saying that she was staying home from work with a terrible cold and sore throat (she's trying to get a doctor's appointment to see if it's strep), but I could 'still come over if I wanted', because she doesn't want to give the bug to our grandfather. He's almost 92, so for him to catch it would NOT be good. However, the germ is in the house anyway, and my first (admittedly selfish) thought was, "But it's okay to expose me to it, I suppose..." I don't want to catch it, and I don't see why her husband (who is not sick, as far as I know) couldn't also take the day off.
Anyway, I already said I'd go over at 11 AM, so that's what's going to happen this time. I've got my fingers crossed that it isn't strep, and that neither my grandfather nor I will catch it. But if this were to happen again, would it be wrong for me to say no? I know it wouldn't be rude per se, but would it be a case of 'forgivable selfishness', or should I do what I'm doing today and open our house up to the germ?