13

I wouldn't put a lot of stock into movies for how things work. The important thing in a movie is to keep the story moving, not to show a realistic portrayal of events. In movies, for instance: There's always a parking place in the city right in front of the building you want to enter. Yeah... good luck with that. People dying always have a final thing to ...


13

It's hard to be sure, but I think you're misunderstanding the help that is being asked for. You hear "come over and help grandfather get better, or help me decide if we should rush to the hospital." I hear "come over and help me feel better about my husband being sick and maybe having to go to the hospital." She doesn't want to be alone ...


9

First of all, remember that your grandmother is in a very, very scary situation. Her husband that she has loved and relied on for decades, is mysteriously ill. Being scared and panicked is normal under these circumstances. I'm not saying that panicking helps, just that it's normal. I sometimes get calls from a close relative who gets easily overwhelmed ...


4

I want to put in an answer that adds details to the approach described in SZCZERZO KŁY answer Especially, since I take it from the comments, that my own experience with this situation might be helpful given the following comment: @Ælis: I agree with you, breaking a relationship is sometimes necessary, even though sad. I had to give up many friends for ...


2

I would email the person. Say that you've been hearing a beeping in some of your calls and not in others, and that you're nearly sure that this person is the common link. Apologize for being unable to concentrate with the beeping and acknowledge that many people can, and that others don't hear it. Ask the person if it's possible there's a nearby smoke ...


1

In my light, fictional reading I've come across many examples of people hanging up without anybody saying 'goodbye' or whatever. When I was in the U.S. in the late 1990's, I called my new landlord (in Bowling Green, KY) and as soon as we'd finished discussing the first reason I'd called -- he hung up! I called back but couldn't get a hold of him right away. ...


1

It's been a few months now since writing this question, but I think during the last two months or so, I solved the problem. Grandma is now calling less and if she does, I manage to handle the phone calls in a way that makes her stop bombarding my parents with phone calls after our call. A few things coincided here that have helped deal with grandma's phone ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible