What do you guys do when you are forced to be the only responsible adult around your crazy in-laws?
While I am glad that the girl I married is the sanest of all of them, that still doesn't change the fact that I've married in to a family of crazies!
The aforementioned idiot brother in law (let's call him "G") has today managed to OD on what I believe is a mix of sleeping pills and anti-depression medication. Accidentally is what we think at this stage.
He phoned a friend, who luckily had HIS sheeet together and phoned for an Ambulance ASAP and then rushed over there himself. This guy didn't know how to contact the family, so started to randomly call folks in G's phone address book.
Luckily, the first person called knew to call me, so I took over and managed to speak to the friend and the hospital, confirm the story, then get a hold of my father in law who was able to drop everything and rush around. In case you are wondering, G's fine and will spend a night in for observations
G has been an absolute idiot over the last year* (amongst other things ripping $thousands$ off Grandma - can you believe that!) and his sister, my wife, doesn't talk to him. So I've got to play peace maker and do the 'adult' work around here.
I'm not sure what is worse. Having to deal with a serious situation (ie next-of-kin duties) or having to be diplomatic about when and how you tell your wife this stuff. She actually admitted to having the thought of "I wish he'd done it properly", ie managed to kill himself (although we don't think this was his intent).
*I think he's been an idiot for much longer, but this year has been a particularly fine effort against previous averages