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Comment by
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That was sad, I'm sorry for your loss. I got a bit confused with Amma. Is that a nickname for mom? Since it was used for two different people.
Sounds like she was not too much of a hypochondriac since she did die of heart failure. I enjoyed reading your story.


 Comment Written 14-Feb-2020



reply by the author on 03-Mar-2020
    Thank you very much .Sorry for the delayed reply.
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This is very heartfelt writing and I do hope you feel a little better for having written about it. You really can't blame yourself. Even if you'd gone immediately, it sounds like it would have been too late to help.

I listed a few glitches but feel free to ignore them if you don't agree:

"To hell with your new year", she thundered into my ear. I am having a stroke and my daughter thinks it is all my usual drama." - speech marks needed before 'I'

"Calm down", I said. " I will talk to her. We will come and see you sometime today." - comma should be after 'down' and before speech marks. So "Calm down," And there is an extra space before 'I will ...'

An hour later I rang her landline to talk to her daughter.It went unanswered.Then I rang her mobile - comma needed after 'later', spaces needed after 'daughter' and 'unanswered'

her daughter picked up and said '"Aunty I am in the hospital. I will ring you back." - comma needed after 'Aunty'

Fifteen minutes later she called "Amma is gone aunty, she is gone" she sobbed. - commas needed after 'later' and both instances of 'gone'

Her only child who is heading a multinational company did not have much patience with her. - commas needed after 'child' and 'company'

Would it have made any difference?. - delete period

I miss her ; miss her calls, - delete space after 'her'

I need a release.I hope by writing about it will help. - space needed after 'release'

Good luck with the contest if it hasn't already been judged.

Kind regards
Judy


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reply by the author on 03-Mar-2020
    Thank you very much for taking your time and writing such a detailed reply .Sorry for the late reply.
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It is very challenging having someone with bipolar in your life. Without meaning to be they can be very demanding and draining. Forgive yourself, and remember all the times you were there for her.


 Comment Written 12-Feb-2020



reply by the author on 03-Mar-2020
    Thank you very much and I am sorry for the delayed reply.
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This is a good story that I'm sure many of us can relate to. There are people who we let down without meaning to. We feel that they or imposing on our lives. Especially hypochondriac people because they cry wolf so many times we cease to believe them and then they really do need us and we let them down. Guilt is part of the healing process so you have to let it go. This is for for the true story contest and it is a wonderful entry but you have it listed at the top as General Fiction. If its true you should fix that.


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reply by the author on 03-Mar-2020
    Thank you very much for your review . I am sorry for the delayed reply.
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You went through a terrible ordeal with the mental illness and sudden death of your sister-in-law, and I admire your courage in writing about it. Personally I don't believe you did anything wrong. You were there for Meena more times than you could possibly count, over the years, and her needs were endless, as long as she lived.

The unfortunate woman gave herself so much stress through her own mood swings, plus the long-term destructive effects of high blood sugar on her heart likely weakened her and led to the sudden cardiac arrest.

By answering your greeting of "Happy New Year!" as she did, Meena betrayed both the anger and bitterness in her soul. True, she was in both physical and emotional distress, but it wasn't your fault; you did nothing to cause it.

When she first mentioned that she was having a "stroke," she may not have been having any symptoms at all. It could easily have been more of the same fear, anxiety and hypochondria.

Cardiac arrest is a different event. The blood stops pumping: full stop. She could have easily worked herself into a frenzy that triggered her heart to go into fibrillation, skip beats or whatever made it stop. When a person's heart stops pumping blood, they need immediate attention, and a defibrillator. Chances are, she wouldn't have been able to speak on the phone -- or shout.

You might want to talk to a doctor to verify what I'm saying here, but in my family, we have lost people due to both heart problems and stroke related problems.

I saw what you wrote, that you're sorry about typos etc. That's not a big deal, but I've listed some corrections for you, in case you want them, for your amazing story, which is also both poignant and heartbreaking. If you want to input these corrections, maybe you can do it little by little, if it's too much; or not at all... you have really been through a lot.


In the title: New Year's Day

She was a classic case of hypochondriac .She
-->
She was a classic case of a hypochondriac. She

ischemic heart disease ( a word she learned and used right, left and centre ever since her husband passed away due to renal failure.)We
-->
ischemic heart disease (a word she learned and used right, left and centre ever since her husband passed away due to renal failure.) We

the doctor would pronounce her fit . -->
the doctor would pronounce her fit.

But on 30th -->
But on the 30th

She asked me ,"Did you make Carrot Halwa"? -->
She asked me, "Did you make Carrot Halwa?"

"Yes", I said -->
"Yes," I said.

"Where is my share"? -->
"Where is my share?"

"Your share"? You are not supposed to eat sweets. Your sugar levels are high". -->
"'Your share?' You are not supposed to eat sweets. Your sugar levels are high."

"Then go and buy some from your sweet shop.It is -->
"Then go and buy some from your sweet shop. It is

"I don't want to hear all that. You better send me my share" -->
"I don't want to hear all that. You better send me my share."

"What do you think I am, Hanuman?" You think I can jump from my terrace to your terrace?"
-->
"What do you think I am, Hanuman? You think I can jump from my terrace to your terrace?"

I put the phone down .
I put the phone down.

On 31st she called me
-->
On the 31st she called me

with a juicy gossip -->
with juicy gossip

her New Year Eve plans
-->
her New Year's Eve plans

I worried . -->
I worried.

the telephone rang .I saw her -->
the telephone rang. I saw her

Happy New Year !" I said cheerfully. -->
Happy New Year!" I said cheerfully.

your new year", -->
your new year,"

usual drama". -->
usual drama."

"Look Meena,if you are really having a stroke, would you be able to shout like this? I tried to reason with her. -->
"Look Meena, if you are really having a stroke, would you be able to shout like this?" I tried to reason with her.

"Come immediately and take me to the hospital"
-->
"Come immediately and take me to the hospital!"
(exclamation point or period)

"Calm down", I said. " I will talk to her. -->
"Calm down," I said. "I will talk to her.

An hour later I rang her landline to talk to her daughter.It went unanswered.Then -->
An hour later I rang her landline to talk to her daughter. It went unanswered. Then

her daughter picked up and said '"Aunty I am in the hospital. I will ring you back." -->
her daughter picked up and said, "Aunty I am in the hospital. I will ring you back."

Fifteen minutes later she called 'Amma is gone aunty, she is gone' she sobbed. -->
Fifteen minutes later she called. "Amma is gone Aunty, she is gone," she sobbed.
(remove stray period after paragraph)

She suffered a massive cardiac arrest.To hell
-->
She suffered a massive cardiac arrest. To hell

her exit too was dramatic.. (if you are trying to use ellipsis points here for effect... you need three; if not, use a single period followed by a space)

"You are my Guardian Angel", she used to tell me often ."You are my pillar upon which I lean".
-->
"You are my Guardian Angel," she used to tell me often. "You are my pillar upon which I lean."

Would it have made any difference?. -->
Would it have made any difference?

I miss her ; --> I miss her;

I need a release.I hope by writing about it will help. -->
I need a release. I hope writing about it will help.

~~~

Try to stay strong, my friend. You really were Meena's Guardian Angel, but no one is perfect, and she tested your patience, even beyond your limits. You gave her a lot of help for a very long time, and you were even patient with her that last day. May Meena rest in peace with God. May she find relief from her struggles and worries.

I don't think you could have stopped her death. Only God knows, but I really doubt it was within your power. Meena could have also called 911 herself.

Her daughter needs to find her own peace with what happened; her mother wasn't an easy person to be there for, and she did finally go to her. Be gentle with her; I am sure you will. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless you!


 Comment Written 12-Feb-2020



reply by the author on 12-Feb-2020
    Thank you very much for understanding and giving me six in spite of the typos. I tried to rectify some.I just wanted to get it out of my chest.Yes we are helping her daughter. She is holding a very respo sible position. Next week I am going to go through her personal things. Her daughter wants me to do that .I am dreading it.But it has to be done .She was a huge hoarder of clothes .They will have to go to charity.

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 12-Feb-2020
    Sanku, I am so glad that you were able to share your story and get it off your chest. It is healthy for you, body, mind and soul. It's a blessing that the family is pulling together, helping her daughter. Donating the clothing is best and will help a lot of people. It won't be easy but it will turn out to be a blessing. "Be strong and very courageous," as God said in Deuteronomy. Be blessed, Sanku.
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Losing someone who had played such a large role in our lives - no matter how that role played out - is always difficult. I hope your writing was somehow cathartic and you can find peace this Spring... :) Thanx for sharing and best of luck in the contest! ;)

new, her calls. --> new, hearing from her. [you're modifying 'It']

Twice a day I got them and since I was her sounding board, she either unleashed --> Twice a day, she would call as I was her sounding board. She would unleash [sentence is run-on and needs to be broken up]

expectations or If she was in the upswing stage of her bipolar existence she would wax --> expectations. Or, if she was in the upswing stage of her bipolar existence, she would wax

Or in saner moments she would --> In saner moments she would

hypochondriac .She was --> hypochondriac. She was

failure.)We used --> failure). We used

the time and the doctor --> the time, and the doctor

But on 30th I had too --> But, on the 30th, I had too

the house. She asked --> the house. [new paragraph here] She asked

"Yes", I said --> "Yes," I said. [IMPORTANT NOTE: throughout your entire offering, all end quotations should be inside the quotation marks]

sweet shop.It is --> sweet shop. It is

My 86 year old mother --> My eighty-six year old mother

I am, Hanuman?" You think --> I am, Hanuman? You think

On 31st she called --> On the 31st, she called

happened and she laughed and regaled me with a juicy gossip, and talked about her New Year Eve --> happened, and she laughed and regaled me with juicy gossip, talking about her New Year's Eve

In fact she laughed too much and I was --> In fact, she laughed too much, and I was

On 1st January morning the telephone rang .I saw her --> On the morning of January first, the telephone rang. I saw her

like this? I tried --> like this?" I tried

later I rang her landline to talk to her daughter.It went unanswered.Then I rang her mobile and --> later, I rang her landline to talk to her daughter. It went unanswered. Then I rang her mobile, and

she called 'Amma is gone aunty, she is gone' she sobbed. --> she called. [new paragraph here] "Amma is gone, Aunty. She is gone." she
sobbed.

she spoke to me she lay down on the couch and her daughter tried to coax her back to the bedroom. But there was no response. She immediately called --> she had spoken to me, she had lay down on the couch, and her daughter tried to coax her back to the bedroom. But there had been no response. Her daughter had immediately called

In life she was very theatrical and her exit too was dramatic..She --> In life, she was very theatrical, and her exit, too, was dramatic. She

I miss her ; miss her calls, though at times they --> I miss her. I miss her calls, though, at times, they

paralysing a part of my mind. I need a release.I hope --> paralyzing a part of it. I need a release. I hope


 Comment Written 12-Feb-2020



reply by the author on 12-Feb-2020
    Thank you very much for taking the trouble to point out the typos .I did try to rectify but at the moment cant bear to go thro that.
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The story was interesting and knowing it was a true story, lent special feelings about losing someone you cared about. I enjoyed it.
The punctuation was some off and sometimes no spaces between sentences.


 Comment Written 12-Feb-2020



reply by the author on 12-Feb-2020
    Thank you very much for taking the time to read. I just could not bear to go thro what I have written.I am sorry for those irritants.
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Hello Sanku
I am sorry for your loss. Hindsight can torment us because we cannot change the past. I am sure you are in grief, but we all know that we all die - you were not the agent of her passing, and you need to reflect on this. Life is your experience, and nothing you can do will un-happen what was, yet while you allow it to bear down on you, you may miss the life passing all around you. There are people around you to love you and be loved by you: it is they who need you now. Try to make peace with your grief and carry on your journey.

Writing for therapy is a very good step, but as you are entering a contest, you really do need to pay attention to the SPAG issues, and there are many;

expectations or If she (should be lower-case i: if)
to be taken for a check up (should be hyphenated (check-up)
disease ( a word (you have an extra space before the letter a)
due to renal failure.)We used (you are missing a space before the letter W)
to take her most of the time and the doctor would pronounce her fit . (extra space after teh word fit))
She asked me ,"Did you make Carrot Halwa"? (Extra space after the word 'me' and the question mark should be inside the inverted commas)
"Where is my share"? (again, the ? should be inside the inverted commas)
"Your share"? (ditto)
your sweet shop.It (space needed after full stop)
Anyway I have too much (comma missing after "Anyway")
My 86 year old ( should be expressed 86-year-old)
I put the phone down . (extra space after the word down)
regaled me with a juicy gossip, and (no comma is needed here)
soon, I worried . (extra space after teh word worried)
the telephone rang .I saw (extra space after the word rang)
"Hello Meena, Happy New Year !" (extra space after 'year')
"To hell with your new year" (I think this should be N Y i.e. New Year)
"Look Meena,if you (space missing after comma) are really having a stroke, would you be able to shout like this? (this should end in an inverted comma)
"Come immediately and take me to the hospital" (this should end with a full stop inside the inverted comma)
talk to her daughter.It went unanswered.Then (you are missing a space after each full stop)
I rang her mobile and her daughter picked up and said '"Aunty (you appear to have an extra, single inverted comma here)
called 'Amma is gone aunty, she is gone' (these should be double inverted commas)
a massive cardiac arrest.To hell with your (space after the full stop)
As soon as she spoke to (had spoken to me) me she lay
too was dramatic..She ( you have an extra full stop)
used to tell me often . (extra space after the word often)
have made any difference?. (full stop should be removed)
I miss her ; miss her calls (extra space after the first use of the word her)
a release.I hope by writing about it will help. (missing a space after the full stop)

These are easy to correct and once corrected I wish you well with your entry and your continued writing.

cheers

phill


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reply by the author on 12-Feb-2020
    Thank you very much for taking the trouble to show me all the typos .Entering a contest is incidental. I was going to post this and i saw the contest. More people will read if it is a contest entry, so I think. I have noticed that here people dont read prose much .Thanks once again.
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Hello Sanku, a wonderful Wednesday to you. I hope this finds you well, in good health and spirit. Thank you for sharing that deeply personal true story. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy but writing about it can be very cathartic. Have a great day!


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reply by the author on 12-Feb-2020
    oh ! you know I have been searching for that word -cathartic-in my current state it just escaped me.Thanks for dropping in.
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