Nuno, I hope your family-member is better!
I just love how knitting passes the time, and how much it really does relax you!
I always try to have my knitting with me, for those times spent waiting. The other day I was at the post office, and had to wait in long line (which is typical there--I know to bring my knitting in with me!). I could have waited in that line twice, I was so content! Even standing up like that, knitting can be relaxing! I let someone go ahead of me, who just needed to pick up a form, and she commented that I was "Zen because I had my knitting." So true! LOL!
I take advantage of this often. I've even been known to knit in traffic!