I’m fighting the feeling of wanting to puke, my chest hurts, I’m holding something in, it wants to explode it wants to release, it’s literally building up in my throat, I can’t breathe, the words are hardly coming out……
Yes, Yes, I’ll call the lawyer tonight and leave my information tonight and follow up on Monday. The conversation fades in and out of my ear my sister is saying things but I’m not hearing it all, just ….Lawyer, call, money, just us sisters, not mom…….
My sister Lucy called me and I missed the call, for some reason I just felt a weird sick response, my sister calls sometimes but this time the missed call made me feel weird made me feel like something was happening. I took a deep breath and peed siting on the toilet I was thinking that it might be my mother, that this might be the, THE CALL that is the one that ends the existence of my parents on this earth. I’ve been through it before when my niece had to tell me my dad died. I picked up the phone and dialed my sister Lucy….waiting waiting waiting CALL FAILED, shit this damn service if I had to call and ambulance to save my life TMOBILE would see to it that I would die before receiving help. I dial again CALL FAILED, I turn off my phone and turn it on again, dial and wait as I stretch my arm up hoping that will help. I hear a ringing.
Hi it’s me what’s up?
I called you earlier and left a message
Yeah I know what’s going on?
How are you?
I’m good what did you need?
Betty called me and she wants your address and phone number, I don’t know if you are talking to her….her voice fades
Yeah I am talking to her why does she want to my address
I don’t know
I can call her and give her that information or you can….. she interrupts, I would just just prefer if you call her
(I am assuming she has mail that needs to be forwarded to me) What does she need it for?
You should just call her and talk to her
This is now beginning to sound ominous. We talk about possible Easter plans and she invites a boyfriend that I am no longer dating I say no but I appreciate that she has extended the offer to him. He would probably come if I asked him to he is like that. We wrap up the conversation with a promise to touch base on times for Easter.
Dial my sister Betty it rings and my brother-in-law picks up I say hi and ask for my sister. She gets on the phone and we exchange pleasantries and then I say Lucy said you needed my address what’s up? She begins to explain.
We got lawyer and he is working on claiming Tony’s 401k for us, if we don’t claim it the state will keep it and it will be lost. This doesn’t include the nieces or mom just us. Just us girls, just the sisters. It’s been over a year so the creditors can’t touch it but if we don’t act now the state will get it. So we have to claim it and he needs each one of ours information.
Ok I say and repeat the information back making sure I understood everything. I say for us? for the sisters right? she says yes and says again not for mom in a way that tells me she doesn’t want her to know. She says “I don’t know if you are talking to her..” I interrupt “No, I’m not” she says “good I don’t want her getting involved”. I say everyone’s names out loud again to confirm I ask if she has spoken to my sisters. She says yes.
She gives me the run down and the information of the person I need to call and I have a sick feeling creeping up I can’t get off the phone fast enough. The second I do it all comes pouring through. I begin sobbing, I feel like I’m going to be sick all over the kitchen, my head pounds, my chest tightens, I sob and wail harder and harder and harder. I walk to a chair in the front room and with my elbows on my knees I cover my face and cry into the mask of my hands. Tears and snot drip from my face, I feel like I can’t breath, my chest feels tight, my ear hurts, I feel dizzy, I’m loud, I cover my eyes with the backs of my hands and gasp for a breath, it’s hard to breath, my chest hurts, I get up to walk toward the bathroom my hands on the walls keeping me balanced and upright as I walk, entering the bathroom I lean over the sink and cry harder and louder I slide to the floor and struggle to catch my breath between sobs. I feel like throwing up I feel like I’m having a heart attack, I feel like the day I finally let the grief out and allowed myself to mourn the death of my brother. This time the difference is that I physically feel ill, I feel like I can’t breathe, I feel like my chest is tight, I feel like I need to throw up and I can’t stop crying, loud and hard. My hands and arms twist around covering my eyes, face head and chest at times. I can’t make it stop. I can’t make myself stop and I don’t know why this is all coming crashing back in this way. I feel so dizzy I think I might have to go to the hospital, I struggle to breath and think I maybe hyperventilating. Several minutes go by like this and I can’t regain control or calm myself. 15 minutes feels like 15 hours.
Why? this reaction? I’m not even exactly sure. My niece had a meltdown when she inherited money that my brother had left her she felt guilty, bad or undeserving that she should have this because the reason she was getting it was his death. I don’t think I understood it when she told me, I knew it made her sad but I didn’t understand the depth of that. It’s hard for me to feel good about this at all on any level, it’s hard for me to think about this, it makes me feel like I’m right back at square on with the progress I’ve made in moving forward after his death. I never suspected that all those wounds would be ripped open like this again from such and event.
The last 2 days more of his songs have came on and I skipped through them rather than listen through them I always believe he is around me and trying to communicate with me but I rushed those songs through and didn’t listen and today he was finally heard.