I've been rolling the events of my weekend around in my head. I really wasn't going to post about it. Because really I didn't know what to say. And some of the details were other people's private details. I've been (probably poorly) trying to limit (edit?) some of the details of my life to protect my anonimity. And I didn't know how I could discuss all that's happened without compromising myself a bit. But then I decided I really didn't care anymore. I'm not saying anything that I wouldn't discuss directly with the people involved. And it all just started to get so crazy, that I needed to write it all down; for myself, and for some outside perspective.
Before I start, I'll apologize that this post might be a bit tangential. There is a lot of background and side stories that figure into the events (isn't there always with narcs?). Also, I've been dealing with crap from both my husband's family and my family. Although its all been going on concurrently, I decided to separate the two situations into two separate posts. So, here goes part 1:
I think my sister is going crazy. For a little recap: sister claimed several months back that she had cancer. Cancer of the lady parts. Which lady parts is still up for debate. Sister is in her early 30s. Sister was diagnosed in early 2012 (and all of this is speculative, because nothing has been directly told to me by my sister. And even if she had told me directly, it's all suspect at this point.) In August, sister announced, very late at night and on FB that she has cancer. She hadn't told my dad and hadn't told me. I reached out on several occasions to get her to talk, but got vague answers, if at all. As I've been told, sister got radiation and hormone treatment (all as outpatient) once a week for a month. She was very vague with everyone. She avoided all phone calls from my father and mother, or took them sparingly, claiming she was fatigued or too upset to talk. She never returned my attempts to contact her. During this time, she also ignored my son's birthday (nothing new, she's missed the last several) and ignored my son's surgery. She took money from my dad, managed to go out and cash the check, but never managed to call and thank him or even say she got it. She called my dad once and screamed at him for being a bad father and ruining her life (because of situations revolving around my parents' divorce almost 20 years ago). She was so hysterical that my dad finally had to hang up and call the cops. She also stated to him that her boyfriend is beating her (she has been in many relationships where domestic violence is involved.) She cried that she didn't know what to do, and was unwilling to listen to him offer solutions. During this time, my father offered to come visit and help or stay with her, but she told him it was unnecessary. She called my father in the middle of the night, twice, the night before her retest for cancer with a "panic attack" (I have no way to validate it as a panic attack, but these were my sister's words). My father talked to her for over an hour at 3:30 a.m. My sister never called to let him know the results of said retest.
My mother (NM) has also had limited contact with my sister, but has been her unwavering supporter. Although my sister has offered limited information, and often brushed her off, (and I'm sure also accepted money from her), my mother has repeatedly lobbied for sister's "support" during her time of crisis. NM has admonished me for not supporting sister enough (during my son's birthday, and if you'll remember, they tried to have a little "reunion" during this time to show my sister support...during my son's birthday). NM has offered up lots of excuses for sister. She has vilified sister's boyfriend as an abuser. She has found lots of ways to excuse sister from any and all responsibility for herself. NM has also managed to sneak in a few jabs at my father (a man she cheated on and left) for not being their enough for sister AND for NM! NM has called my father several times to discuss sister, for no other reason that I can see, than to create drama.
NM sent me an email over the weekend detailing how sister and her abusive boyfriend had a nice weekend together. My broke sister, who took off lots of time for treatment, took off several days to celebrate her boyfriend's birthday (included, I'm sure, was a nice material gift. Many, many times, I've listened to my sister cry that she's too broke to buy Christmas gifts for her family-not that I expect one-and then cry that she can't decide which expensive gift to buy her boyfriend.). Sister and boyfriend also went out and bought new items for their apartment (relatively pricey ones). Guess daddy's check helped out right in time.
So, last night I get an email from my dad telling me that my beloved Grandmother had a heart attack and was life flighted to a larger hospital for treatment. (Yes, the email was a horrible choice, one I would have been upset about, had he not called me today to follow up. ) A little more background, Grandmother does not like my mother and hasn't since the divorce. She's never been calloused or judgmental but my mother pulled some really crappy shit around that time (some of which was directly against my grandmother) and my grandmother has chosen to not want anything to do with NM (and fairly so). Around 8 years ago, my sister went to visit my grandmother. For some reason, my sister didn't feel like my mother was welcoming and kind enough to her. So after the visit, my sister wrote a long (and not kind) email to my grandmother. This caused another rift. My sister, as recently as six months ago, said she really never cared to talk to my grandmother, and blamed my grandmother for the fight.
This morning, very, very early in the morning (read: long before most people are up) my sister started text messaging me and calling me in a tizzy over my grandmother. I hadn't slept most of last night and I was not happy to get this early wake up call (also, my sister works odd hours so she's often up in the very early morning. She thinks nothing of calling people at 2 or 3 a.m. Often she is drunk and hysterical. Often she's in a fight with someone. She takes it personally when you are not there to "support her". I've confronted her, and until today, she's stopped calling me like that. My mother turns off her phone at night. Dad has been getting the majority of the calls lately). When I finally got up, I wondered what in the hell my sister possibly could need to discuss with me about my grandma. It was almost like she was rushing to tell me the "gossip". She obviously had no impulse control.
My mother also sent text messages. In one, she asked if I was "doing OK". Ever since I told her I wanted their drama out of my life, she treats me as if I'm just too fragile and "not strong" enough to deal with stress. Stress is one thing, stupid drama is another. In the next texts, she details that all the information she's managed to drum up from one of my relatives that she has contact with. It really, really pissed me off that she felt I was not adult enough to get the information myself. That she had to rush and get the "scoop" and get involved. And that it was all for the sake of being in the middle of everything. She also tells me that my dad "wasn't very forthcoming" with information for my sister. And that my sister wants to call my grandma. WTF? I want to call and yell for her to keep sister away from my grandmother. I mean, my sister is unstable, not particularily nice, and the last thing she needs is a call from my long, lost sister. But I decide it's not my place to tell my sister (through my mother, none-the-less) what to do. I'm really, really annoyed with both of them. But I decide to ignore them.
My father calls this afternoon to update me and let me know what's going on (he had another family member's funeral to go to this morning). He tells me that my sister called him last night screaming and verbally abusing him again for ruining her life. Now, while I do agree that the period of time my sister is referring to did change our lives forever, and that she needs to process it to move on, I'm not sure how screaming at my dad will change that. And while my dad can be a self-absorbed, selfish, one-sided person, he has ALWAYS owned up to his part in the divorce and the aftermath. He has always apologized (a real apology) and claimed his part. He may not totally get how bad it was, but he's always held himself accountable. And after 20 years, and a lot of bad choices on my sister's part, she needs to take some responsibility for treating herself. (And I've got to wonder in all of this, what the hell happened with her cancer? It's all but been forgotten as far as I know). My sister yells at my father for not paying child support and rationalizes that this is why he owes her money. It's all his fault she screams.
And here's the kicker. My dad tries three times (THREE TIMES) to tell my sister that my grandmother has had a heart attack and is in intensive care. He told me that every time she just continues to rail against him. Until he finally has to hang up. And turn off the phone. And it's not until this morning that she becomes SO upset about my grandmother that she makes early morning phone calls to me.
I've kind of had it at this point. This is all so ridiculous in my mind. All I can think is WTF? What the hell is going through her little head? I've been wrestling for awhile with all the secrets about my sister that my mom and sister have had me keep from my dad. How they collaberate in getting him to give my sister money. How my mom boosts my sister up into believing he owes her something. How my sister has flown off to visit her very abusive ex-boyfriend not to long ago (once in the city where my father lives. Sister didn't bother to go visit my dad at this time). How my sister lies and manipulates to get what she wants. I struggle with how much this information is none of my business, and not my crap to tell, and I might be a gossip for telling my dad, how I really need to stay out of it and how much she is lying and manipulating my dad to get what she wants. It's hard to know all these "secrets" of hers. And to know my dad makes decisions on how to help her that aren't based in knowing the whole truth. I have struggled with what the right thing to do was. But today I told him some things. Today I told him I thought my sister was lying about her cancer. Maybe not totally, but that things don't add up. I told him that she is seriously mentally ill and that he needs to quit enabling her. I told him that she lies and manipulates him. I stopped short of some of the things I think would've really hurt him. I'm so conflicted. I feel like she's been abusing him. But I also think he's a big boy and needs to make his own decisions on things.
And I can't help but think that in the end, my grandmother's in the hospital and it's all about them again. Even if it's somewhat unintentional, they've greased the wheels so much that it circles back around to them. I think my sister is going crazy (well is getting crazier). I think my mother is feeding her crazy side. I'm very afraid for what's ahead. Things just don't feel good right now.