I just moved into a new apartment recently, and when I moved, I got a new cell phone, which only a few friends and family members know. I checked my email on Friday, and a relative of mine, who I haven't seen in 10 years (when she was 8 years old) had sent an email asking if she could stay at my apartment on Sunday night. She was driving cross country and needed to stay somewhere in the Chicagoland area, since apparently she needs accountability since she's coming with her boyfriend. She said if I didn't have an extra bed, they could just sleep on the floor, and they wouldn't need any food or anything else. She sounded really excited to see me, and to end the email, she put "I will call you later tonight".
Yesterday morning, the cell rang, I didn't pick it up, but she left a voice mail saying she had called my older brother in a different state to track me down. She explained she needed a place to stay overnight, and "please please please help us out; it would be a huuuuge favor".
Yesterday and today I've had so much anxiety about what to do. I'm so stressed out, my blood pressure is at an all time high, and I'm just not prepared to have guests stay overnight. I haven't cleaned up and I haven't done laundry.. and I have a ton of other things to do, like oil change, hair cut etc.
I feel so disturbed right now, because I haven't responded to her yet. I feel like the biggest jerk in the world, but at least it's better than having a panic attack, and on top of that, having to chat it up with 2 people I don't even really know. I can just imagine my whole family is talking about me now, probably setting up an intervention..
. What would you guys do in this situation?